As we come into the second week of 2021 before moving forward, as awful as 2020 was for so many people, I’d like you to take a quick look back and think about what you learned from going through a year that was definitely not the same as usual and what you are grateful for.
One of the most important things I learned was never to take anything for-granted! I learned more about gratitude than ever before and bought myself a new journal so I can be more mindful each day. Although I didn’t lock myself away, I did follow all the protocols, I wore a mask (sometimes 2) I social distanced and I washed my hands so many times, it’s a wonder I have skin left. I was especially grateful to get through the year without getting Covid.
I’d like to talk about the benefits of gratitude this week and maybe even next week because it plays a big part in how you live your life.
There is without doubt a very powerful mental and physical connection with gratitude. It seems the surface is just being scratched when it comes to discovering the various mental and physical effects it has on people.
Let’s take a look at a few of those to give you an idea of what you can expect if you start making gratitude more of a daily focus.
The Mental Benefits of Gratitude
Practicing gratitude helps your overall mental health because it gives you a way to have less stress and a better outlook on life. If you learn to do gratitude meditations, don’t be surprised to find you walk away with a big smile on your face. Feeling more gratitude has been linked to a better self-image, less anxiety and even a reduction of depression. This comes as no surprise to scientists who have recorded increased levels of dopamine and serotonin after intentional gratitude meditations.
Meanwhile, if you’re going to be grateful for what you have while you pursue your goals for this year, do you know what you want to achieve by December 31st and do you have a plan in place?
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‘Til Next Time
Take care and Stay safe.
Live With Abundance