Want to feel better?
Anyone that has ever taken my class will know I end class with finding one thing or one person your grateful for. As there is so much research around gratitude practices and by committing to one, can increase your happiness, it can also increase your health and wellbeing!
I read Shawn Achor's book "The Happiness Advantage" a few years ago and it became a game changer for me and my views on happiness.
(To be honest I have fallen away from writing down what I am grateful for many times but I try to come back to it and once I return I try not to be too judgemental, I try to be to gentler on myself.)
Here are some tips he recommends to cultivate a little more happiness and create new neuropathways in the brain - cool!!
Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you're grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours. They don't have to be profound. It could be a really good cup of coffee or the warmth of a sunny day. (you all know how much I love my coffee ☕)
The Doubler. Take one positive experience from the past 24 hours and spend two minutes writing down every detail about that experience. As you remember it, your brain labels it as meaningful and deepens the imprint.
The Fun Fifteen. Do 15 minutes of a fun cardio activity, like gardening or walking the dog, every day. The effects of daily cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant. (stream a class from HYN, guaranteed an endorphin boast💧)
Meditation. Every day take two minutes to stop whatever you're doing and concentrate on breathing. Even a short mindful break can result in a calmer, happier you.
Conscious act of kindness. At the start of every day, send a short email or text praising someone you know. Our brains become addicted to feeling good by making others feel good. (I love this idea 🥰
Deepen Social Connections. Spend time with family and friends. Our social connections are one of the best predictors for success and health, and even life expectancy. (Give zoom or facetime a chance, it really might surprise you 💻)
Have you read this book or would you recommend anything else?
Would so love to hear from you and stay connected.🙂