Today’s Power Tip:聽 Keep Your Resolutions With Gratitude

Happy New Year! We all want 2018 to be our best year yet. Many of us have made our New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, statistics show that by the end of the year less than 10 percent have been fully realized. Just yesterday I read an insightful聽article聽in the聽New York Time聽by David Desteno, a professor at Northwestern University.聽His research showed that聽gratitude, compassion, and a sense of pride naturally cause people to be more patient and persevere.

This leads to more self-control which ultimately makes it easier for people to keep their resolutions. 聽I agree with this concept and feel that cultivating these emotions is a much better path than willpower to help us fulfill our desires for 2018. Whether you want to eat healthier, exercise more, or add relaxation into your life, you can start with some simple steps to increase gratitude.

Keep Your Resolutions With Gratitude

I have talked about gratitude in a past聽blog,聽but today I want to share some new ways to bring even more gratitude into your life.

1.聽Add details –聽Keeping a gratitude journal or list is a wonderful tool and has been shown to have many positive health benefits. You can even improve the outcome by being more specific. Astudy聽at the University of Southern California varied the amount of details people wrote in their gratitude journals. They had three groups of people. Group 1 wrote down five general things they were grateful for. Group 2聽picked one thing they were grateful for and wrote five detailed sentences about聽why they were grateful for it.聽Group 3 listed ways they were better off than others. The people in Group 2 who got specific were found the be more alert, excited, elated and less tired, sad and lethargic than the other two groups.聽 While keeping any kind of gratitude journal is fabulous, test out being more specific and see your results.

2.聽Be thankful and grateful throughout the day –聽When something good happens, stop and say thank you to the universe or whatever your higher source may be. I say thank you constantly throughout the day for all the good things that happen, regardless of how small they are. It is quite magical. 聽I have found that the more I am grateful and appreciate – the better my life is in all aspects. Since this is such a powerful tool, you can even take appreciation breaks throughout the day.聽Stop and say I am grateful and thankful for _____.

3.聽Expand the gratitude feeling聽– Take a moment to experience what gratitude feels like in your body. When something good happens that you are grateful for, pause and savor it. Let that good feeling travel through your body.

As I am writing this, I am grateful and thankful for all of you who give me support, encouragement, and inspiration. I wish you a very Happy New Year. Welcome in as much gratitude as you can in 2018 and let this year be the one that you say YES to your resolutions.

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