“I’m Living My Best Life!”
This is a bold statement. This is a statement that either causes anxiety or peace. If you feel the anxiety when you say this out loud it could be because you know at the bottom of your heart that the statement is not true. If you feel at peace when you announce “I’m living my best life!”, with absolute confidence, it may be because you truly get what life is all about. If you believe that you are, indeed, “Living Your Best Life” please contribute to the conversation in the comments!
What, if anything, can you do in order to truly be living your best life? Living your best life is all about the habits that you cultivate. We all have good and bad habits. Some of us have no idea that we even have habits at all! But our habits are what truly gives us a clear path to our very own “best life”.
Today, let’s discuss the habit of gratitude.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence accounts that affirming something good outside of yourself or notice little pleasures helps you experience more joy, love, and enthusiasm. With intentional practicing, you can even boost your immune system and increase your social circle. Does this sound like something that could help you to live your best life?
Gratitude is a practice, a habit. If you’ve lived long enough without practicing appreciation for the smallest things, it will take a little effort to make this a habit. Being grateful isn’t just some random emotion that comes to the surface. Sometimes it is really easy to appreciate the big things, but occasionally one may have to dig deep to find those little things that we take for granted.
How do you express gratitude?
Get excited about those (not so) little things! How was that shower this morning? Did you see a sunrise that just blew your mind? Did your dog wag its tail and make you smile? Then take just a moment and really feel that one connection with something that made you feel good.
Have nothing to be grateful for? Think about what you could not live without. Is your refrigerator running? Good! Let’s begin there and really look for those small things to be grateful for!
**Get a boost out of your gratitude
by keeping a journal! According to The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence “Gratitude Practice Explained”, “In one study, people randomly assigned to keep weekly gratitude journals exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to people assigned to record hassles or neutral events. In another, young adults who kept a daily gratitude journal reported higher alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, and energy compared to those who focused on hassles or compared themselves to others less fortunate.”
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Robin Stern & Robert Emmons, “Gratitude Practice Explained”, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, http://ei.yale.edu/what-is-gratitude/