Well hello and thanks for clicking into my new blog. This is a weekly blog designed to inspire reflection on living better. In my years working at Weight Watchers, I see many people experience difficulty with common life themes. By blogging about these themes, I hope to inspire the reader towards positive changes.
Today, I want to discuss gratitude and suggest starting a gratitude practice. Recently I read the results of several studies and their outcomes, when people start a regular gratitude practice. The studies indicated that with regular practice, we had the ability to change our “happiness set-point” as much as 25% working in a daily practice of gratitude.
What would your life be like if your happiness set-point increased by 25%?
Granted, when we are struggling, it’s hard at times to figure out what to be grateful for. For me, it doesn’t always come naturally. One day I’m writing in my journal I’m grateful for cottage cheese, and the next day I’m writing I’m grateful for the warm fur of my dogs curled up next to me. The list of grateful things doesn’t have to be extraordinary. It can be basic things that may change from day to day. Or for some of you it may be the same items daily, until your re-wiring starts to take place. Once this practice starts becoming habit, you’ll notice more and more to be grateful for.
I write my gratitude journal in my laptop. (For me it’s easier than having more paper around-another blog later!) I call my journal my Grateful Pages. For many of you writing in a book may feel better. I write 5 things a day and I’m won’t beat myself up if I miss a day. What’s the point of working on gratitude if you beat yourself up for not being perfect? Seems sort of contradiction in goals???
I am grateful to literally hundreds of people who teach me weekly how to be inspired and how to keep moving forward.
Editor’s note – Amy Brunell is a local leader with Weight Watchers, and she will be blogging with Crossroads on all kinds of topics. Feedback is great ! Let Amy know what you think by commenting on her post (below.)