Today is “Self-Care Monday” and I’ll be enjoying a little time off. In this brief audio recording you will learn about powerful benefits of experiencing gratitude and 3 simple practices to help you bring more gratitude into your life. One thing I’m grateful for is all of the wonderful listeners out there who send me encouraging messages and make contributions to keep this podcast on the air. Thank you for your support! I hope you’ll take time for some self-care too as you work to help others experience a better end of life and prepare for your own future path. See you next week for a regular episode where I’ll share a new interview!
For this Thanksgiving holiday enjoy a brief story about Grace and how it meets us where we are!
Featured Poem: Being Home by Gunilla Norris
Many times today I will cross over a threshold. I hope I will catch a few of those times. I need to remember that my life is, in fact, a continuous series of thresholds: from one moment to the next, from one thought to the next, from one action to the next. Help me appreciate how awesome this is. How many are the chances to be really alive. Help me cross into the present moment – into wonder, into Your grace: the “now-place,” where we all are, unfolding moment by moment.
Learn how a gratitude practice can change your brain and your life for the better according to research.
In this solo episode I share some of the impressive research that has been conducted about the benefits of practicing gratitude on a regular basis. As we continue to face uncertainty, loss, grief, polarization, inequality and divisiveness in our society during this pandemic year we can all use a practice to bring positivity and light into our lives. For this month of November I’m challenging myself (and you) to practice gratitude intentionally every day to shift our energy toward goodness and light and help us better negotiate the challenging times ahead of us. I hope you’ll join me! Download and print the handout below:
This episode includes:
- Why we need more gratitude in our lives right now
- The emotional benefits of a gratitude practice according to research by the Greater Good Science Center
- How gratitude improves our physical health and relationships
- Gratitude is “the mother of all virtues” and helps us develop more patience, humility and wisdom
- 4 factors of a gratitude practice
- benefits accrue over time
- benefits last
- grateful thoughts and letters don’t have to be shared with others to have a positive effect
- gratitude rewires the brain
- 4 ways gratitude creates change
- focuses us on the present moment
- overrides negative emotions
- increases resilience
- increases our sense of self-worth
- My 4-week gratitude challenge for November 2020 (download the handout above)
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Get my new book The Journey from Ego to Soul: How to Transform Your Life When Everything Falls Apart
- Sign up here for free workshop on November 12th – Finding GRACE in Times of Suffering
- Greater Good Science Center
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