This week we’re talking about GRATITUDE! Why? Well… gratitude is our brain's superfood. If we can feel gratitude... it helps us to feel happier, less depressed, more creative, and more abundant. Heck… it can even work in our brain’s memory centers to help us remember more!
ALL the good stuff! BUT... how do we stir it up? Especially on those days when it might be a little hard to feel grateful? On those days circumstances make it a real stretch to feel gratitude? We know we want to… but how do we get there?
In this episode, I share some science and a few of my own favorite strategies. BUT I also share 12 tips from YOU…
Dream Think Doers who answered the call… “How do YOU get to gratitude?” It makes for a very special episode that I think you’re going to love. Most importantly… we’re going to help YOU to find YOUR “Gratitude Secret Weapon!” So let’s get to this!
RELATED DREAM THINK DO EPISODES:
The “Christmas Carol Method” of getting to Gratitude: https://mitchmatthews.com/304/
The “Rest vs. Restoration” Experiment: https://mitchmatthews.com/330/
DREAM BIG… No Matter What (with Amberly Lago): https://mitchmatthews.com/310/
The FIVE Non-Negotiables for an Ideal Day (with Sarah Yourgrau): https://mitchmatthews.com/294/
MORE ABOUT THE The Gratitude Secret Weapon EPISODE: Gratitude is our brain’s SUPERFOOD. (The upside is that it doesn’t taste nasty like Kale. LOL!) There’s PLENTY of science to show that when we intentionally stir up Gratitude… it makes a BIG difference IN our bodies and WITH our perspective on the day and our world! BUT the question is: HOW do you get there?
With this episode, I’m going to walk you through 14 different strategies to help you fill your Gratitude ToolBox! The extra-special part of this episode is that 12 of those ideas come from YOU! That’s right! I posed the question on Facebook and you guys BROUGHT IT! (By the way… if we’re not connected on Facebook… make sure to reach out there! Let’s friend it up… friend!)
The "Gratitude Secret Weapon" is a simple two-step process:
1.) Acknowledge the importance of Gratitude
2.) Find YOUR way to stir it up!
My GO-TO Gratitude Strategy: “Gratitude… NOW!”
Listen to the episode to get the full story, but I like to ask the simple question: “What can I be grateful for... RIGHT NOW?”
Melissa’s GO TO Gratitude Strategy: “Gratitude for YOU!”
Again… listen to the episode to get the full story, but my bride finds that her “Secret Weapon” for stirring up true gratitude is to relay her gratitude to someone else. She LOVES to tell others how she’s grateful for them. It’s a true gratitude win/win!
SO… I asked YOU what YOU do to stir up gratitude… to get your brain some of that superfood! And you BROUGHT it!!! You submitted ideas… and I’ll admit I added names to make them a bit more memorable! But here are the ideas… in your own words. So… here we go!
1.) "Snooze Bar" Gratitude
Denise Griffitts: “What a lovely idea! I used to be one of those people who would hit the floor running and as my mom would say, oh crap she’s awake. But over time I have learned to stay in the bed, breathe, and examine what I am so grateful for. It starts the morning in a perfect kind of way. There’s a lot to be said for quiet moments of reflection.”
2.) The "Tuck the Day Away" Strategy:
“Honestly I think it was realizing it is good and bad in every day- and what you focus on is made bigger. I heard that how you end your day is how you “tuck it away” in your mind- so I ask the questions:
What good thing happened today? What am I grateful for tonight? It helps me to tuck each day away as a good day!
It is truly a practice - and when life SUCKS is when I am more mindful of finding what I’m grateful for.”
NOTE: A LOT of people suggested keeping a Gratitude Journal. Chuck Thuss brou