We have officially entered the month of November which by trade brings about an opportunity to practice gratitude. The practice of reflecting on the things we are grateful for has been clinically proven to improve one's happiness and overall health.
Armed with all the reasons why gratitude practice is important I wanted to give you some challenges for helping to increase happiness.
This article outlines 5 different ways to achieve that goal! Here's an except with an easy activity to try:
"Many of those good things lie just outside our doorstep, and we can practice noticing them on a Savoring Walk. Here, you take a 20-minute walk and observe the sights, sounds, and smells you encounter—freshly cut grass, an epic skyscraper, a stranger’s smile. Each time you notice something positive, take the time to absorb it and think about why you enjoy it. On your subsequent Savoring Walks, strike out in different directions to seek new things to admire.In a study by Fred Bryant of Loyola University Chicago, participants who took Savoring Walks daily for a week reported greater increases in happiness than participants who went for walks as usual. “Making a conscious effort to notice and explicitly acknowledge the various sources of joy around us can make us happier,” write Bryant and Joseph Veroff in the book Savoring."
Be sure to read the article to learn about the other fantastic ways to help cultivate this gratitude and happiness.
I also wanted to highlight last week's Speaker Series with Vanessa Flores. She talked about The Self-Compassionate Parent (click here to see the video!) and lead parents through a series of different self-compassion exercises. Our parents were so touched many of them were moved to tears. We cannot underestimate how important it is to be kind to ourselves! It often makes me think about the warning messages flight attendants give on the plane - You have to put on your oxygen mask first before assisting others with theirs. The same rules apply in life. Unless we are taking the time to be kind, supportive, and loving to ourselves we will not truly be able to offer that warmth, love, and support to others. Be sure to be grateful for yourself and make yourself a priority!
Stay Healthy and Happy, Chaps!