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January flew by in a flash, and February is a short month. Don’t let your days slip by. Together, let’s make each day count. Here’s how gratitude can add value to your life!

Gratitude Can Turn Your Life Around

Gratitude is a powerful practice that can have a profound impact by keeping you motivated in life. When we are thankful for what we already have, we begin to see the joy in the little things. And, actually writing down the things we are thankful for reinforce them in our hearts and mind.

I read that whenever we intentionally give thanks for something we would normally overlook, we strengthen a neural pathway in our brains of joy. Yes! Gratitude practiced regularly can keep you healthier and happier, and according to studies, gratitude directly activates dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a feel-good chemical that increases our level of happiness.

Gratitude is the Ultimate Pick Me Up

In our pursuit of happiness, life purpose, and meaning, we can sometimes forget to appreciate what we already have. One blogger wrote that when we are not counting our blessings, we can fall into the trap of unintentionally counting negative things. We count the things we don’t have. We find fault with others. We complain about everything.  And, counting the negatives is a big downer.

But gratitude practiced regularly is a natural antidepressant. One article I read explains it this way: the increase of dopamine travels neural pathways to the bliss center of our brain.

Gratitude Takes Practice Like Any Other Skill

What would happen if we simply counted our blessings every day?

This month, let’s recognize the many, countless gifts in our lives and appreciate each day. I ran across this challenge in another blog:

Write down 10 things that you are thankful for each day throughout the month. That’s 10 gifts a day for 28 days or 280 gifts to be thankful for.

Are you up to the challenge?

For the next 28 days, start the day with gratitude…

  1. Look for the positives in all that you do. Appreciate each day as it unfolds.
  2. Make time for people you love and appreciate the gift they bring to your life.
  3. Before you go to sleep or first thing in the morning, call to mind 10 things you are grateful for.
  4. Make a simple list, write it by hand, type it on a computer, or use a special journal to keep all of your gratitude in one place.
  5. Get into a routine. Challenge yourself to this gratitude practice every day.

I’ve invited the Influencers and Guests of One Degree Shift to join me in challenging ourselves to see our lives through the lens of gratitude. Why don’t you join me too?

Gratitude and Community Go Hand in Hand

We need each other. And often, the source of good things in our lives are a result of our interactions with other people. Gratitude strengthens our connection because it reminds us that we can’t go it alone. The support of our community will help you cope with life’s challenges and find gratitude in each day.

What are you most grateful for in this moment? Right here, right now take a moment and think of at least one positive in your life, regardless of how small you think it is. Feel gratitude for this gift and share it with me in the comments below.

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” ― Gertrude Stein