In this Thanksgiving episode, we’re talking about an incredible superpower that deserves our attention and focus. Gratitude is something that is immediately available to all of us, and sometimes we need a friendly reminder of its impact and power. Join me to learn more about leveraging the benefits of the superpower of gratitude.
Show Highlights:

● Gratitude expert, Robert Emmons, identifies two components of gratitude: affirmation of goodness and the recognition of the sources of goodness outside of ourselves

● Why our focus often shifts to the division around us instead of the relationships in our lives for which we should be grateful

● Science has made recent advancements in measuring the impact of gratitude on our brains, mental health, and overall well being

● Benefits to practicing gratitude:

○ The brain is flooded with dopamine, giving a natural high that counters depression and anxiety

○ Emotions shift from negative to positive and build resilience to help us “bounce back” from trauma

○ Other benefits include higher self-esteem and better sleep

● The 2012 University of Kentucky study showing that participants ranking higher on gratitude scales are less likely to seek revenge and more likely to be empathetic to others

● A gratitude practice takes no special training or certification

● Gratitude shares its benefits with both the giver and the receiver

● Ideas for incorporating gratitude practice into daily life:

○ Keep a daily gratitude journal

○ Make charitable donations and/or volunteer your time

○ Tell others that you appreciate them

○ Write letters of appreciation

○ Have a daily trigger that helps you remember to express gratitude

○ Practice mindfulness and kindness to others

○ Release judgment

● What are you thankful for today?


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