Focus on What Matters Gratitude Guide

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“Research tells us that every thought and emotion creates a chemical reaction because it immediately changes our neurochemicals that affect our mental, physical and spiritual health,” Kathleen Hall, Ph.D., stress expert and CEO and founder of both The Stress Institute and the Mindful Living Network…………. Keep reading for quick tips on how to use this important information to use gratitude to create a habit of happiness…………
“Gratitude is contagious. Once we begin seeing blessings in our own life, we begin seeing them everywhere. We are hardwired as humans to see patterns. Beginning to see a multitude of things to be grateful for, you reinforce the pattern, and strengthen the happiness habit.” Christine Carter, PhD., happiness and well being researcher.

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When you take a few moments in the morning to prepare your mind for the day ~ time, attitude and mindset are improved. Pen to Paper ——–

FIRST: List 5 items you are grateful for.

THEN: List 5 things you want to INVITE in to your day.

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 At the end of the day……….

 Write down three things that went well today, and why they went well. Make sure you put yourself in the narrative, especially in the ‘why it went well’ part of the story.

Example: What went well 1.  “I got an e-mail from Shelly, a former colleague I haven’t seen in 5 years. She said she heard I was now a Real Estate Agent. One of her clients was looking for a house, and she wanted me to send her my contact information.”

Why this went well 1. “I have had a long time value for integrity, and it stays with people long after I work with them. “

 (“What Went Well Exercise”, from Flourish, by Martin E.P. Seligman, PhD.)