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November 25, 2020 34 min

Here in the United States, we are celebrating Thanksgiving. A time when we actively participate in giving thanks and gratitude for all we have.  But what if you feel like you’ve got nothing to be grateful for? 

In this week’s episode, we’re going to talk about what you may be thinking and afraid to say out loud. 

What if I don’t feel grateful right now? 

And it’s ok -- and very human. So if you are feeling this way, especially this year -- give yourself the space to feel those feelings. 

Why gratitude is important. 

Gratitude can be a pinprick that allows some light to come back into your life. It also puts us at a much higher energy level and trains the brain. 

Gratitude decreases anxiety and depression. When you practice gratitude you release a number of chemicals in our brain that is positive. It releases dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter that makes us want to dance. 

  • Research shows there is a correlation with better sleep, energy, low cellular inflammation and helps with depressive symptoms. 
  • It releases Serotonin; which is the mood-enhancing chemical.
  • Opens up your creativity 
  • It helps you change your perspective. 
  • You become empathetic to others. 
  • It creates a more positive natural outlook in life
  • It connects you to your higher self
  • It propels you to achieve and hit your goals.
  • Make it a practice and actively seek things out.

  • Write down one thing you’re grateful for each morning.
  • Mentally list three things you’re grateful for each night before falling asleep
  • Be grateful to those around you. 
  • In traffic or waiting in a line? Look around and see how many things you can be grateful for.
  • Stop yourself.  Shift to your conscious mind and look for ways to be grateful

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