It's that time again, where we flip to a new calendar, while reflecting on the past year and the year to come. We start with the “I should be doing this…” and “I should stop that…” self-talk, which often bring up feelings of failure and low self-esteem. In general, I find New Year’s Resolutions to be discouraging and self-defeating. So instead of setting yourself up for failure this year, resolve to look for what’s already going good in your life.
Cultivate gratitude this year.
The research is out there, and time and time again it shows that having an attitude of gratitude can immensely impact one’s life. People who practice gratitude sleep better, have stronger relationships, experience less depression, and have greater health.
Our brains are naturally wired to look for the negative to aid in survival. But since we are not longer hunter gathers with wild animals lurking in the shadows, this does not always serve us well. By considering what you are grateful for and writing it down, you will retrain your brain. Your brain will begin to notice what’s going good more often and, as a result, you will feel happier and more satisfied with your life.
Need some direction?
Remember, when cultivating gratitude, it is key to be writing down what you are thankful for, not just simply thinking about it. Check out my post on how to start a gratitude journal or, better yet, join my 2016 Gratitude Challenge. Each month will feature a theme and provide you with daily prompts to get you considering all that you are grateful for. Sign up using the form below, and don’t forget to check your email for the initial subscribe email.