Studies show that people who can shift their world view from one of hardship to abundance, simply by changing their perspective, will enjoy an optimistic mood; increased goal acquisition in the realms of work, personal life, and relationships; and profound health benefits, including but not limited to reduced physical pain and increased energy.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season, social engagements, and familial obligations, can overload the body with adrenaline, which frazzles the nervous system and induces additional stress. Heart rate increases and breath is shortened. It’s a vicious cycle. Positive thinking, on the other hand (through gratitude exercises), releases endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good chemicals) and calms the nervous system.
Here are 3 ways to get rich quick by counting your blessings:
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each day open your journal and write down at least 3 things you are grateful for. If you’re struggling with the task, imagine that anything that doesn’t make the list will be taken away. Now how many things are you thankful for?
- Help someone else. A fast and sure way to stoke the fires of gratitude in your heart is by helping a person in need. This might be an elderly neighbor or participation at a soup kitchen. Perhaps create a gift basket for families in need. By giving away you’ll be remind of the abundance in your own life.
- Write a card or a letter to a close friend or relative. Tell them why you appreciate their presence in your life.
Don’t worry about the timing of your gratitude exercises. You may write your list first thing in the morning or before you go to bed. The hows and whens don’t matter as much as ensuring that it gets done! Gratitude is like any other muscle in the body: if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
Eryn Kirkwood is a published writer and the editor of six best-selling books on yoga (with two more on the way) as well as a yoga teacher in Ottawa, Ontario. For over a decade she has dedicated her life to the study, practice, and teaching of the science of Self-realization.
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