Getting to Grateful

I’ve been reading about getting to gratitude lately and how remapping our minds helps get us there. In essence…. if we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.

Everyday positive experiences have the power to change our brains—and therefore our life—for the better.  But, here is the challenge….Our brain is more easily attracted to negative thoughts than positive ones. It takes work to self direct our focus toward the positive, but that doesn’t have to be all hard work. Simple changes in the way we think about our activities can help produce this effect.

Yesterday, for example, while out on a cold winter morning run I was thinking to myself ….I just have to get this done and I’ll be happy. Although true…it wasn’t helping me enjoy what I was doing. I began to remind myself that with a bum left knee I was happy to even “get to” run at all. By changing the message in my head from “have to” to “get to” and repeating it….. I was able to remap a negative message to a positive one. The way I looked at the run changed…. That one small thought changed my daily focus.

Practicing gratitude doesn’t mean we will feel good all the time…but with practice it gradually senitizes our brain more toward positive experiences and rewires our thinking.

Think of the things you “get to” do today and see if it helps make you grateful.

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