Possibly the most important question to ask yourself when you’re feeling down or to stay in a positive state is “What am I grateful for?”
Something you may not know about gratitude is even thinking about what you are grateful for increases the serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). The ACC lies in a unique position in the brain, with connections to both the “emotional” limbic system and the “cognitive” prefrontal cortex. Sounds too good to be true, but like most things in life, the best things are usually simple.
How do you cultivate gratitude?
I have found having a ‘gratitude ritual’ helps to support a grateful state of mind even during difficult times. Each night at bedtime before I go to sleep. I think about all I am grateful for. As I am very practiced in giving my attention to all I am grateful for, I now have a very long list, and unlike Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, I often fall asleep before I’ve finished it. I happily continue my list of what I am grateful for when I wake up, which is a fabulous way to start each day.
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I’d love to hear from you, if you would like to leave a comment and share how you cultivate gratitude in your life. #ShareTheLove #GratitudeRocks #YouAreWorthy