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How Gratitude Can Reframe Your Mindset

how gratitude can reframe your mindset

How can you reframe your mindset for positivity? One well-researched way: gratitude.

It's easy to be grateful when things are going well. Did you get a clean bill of health from the doctor? Oh, thank goodness! Did your team win the big game? Yay! Did you get your dream job? I'm so grateful for this opportunity!

When things are more difficult or challenging, it's harder to feel grateful or to remember to feel grateful. I think one thing that 2020 has taught us is to search inside of ourselves a little (or a lot) more deeply and figure out what our deepest needs are. Even in a year like 2020, there are still reasons to be grateful, you just may need to dig a little (or a lot) deeper to find it!

Gratitude Research

A lot of research points to the benefits of gratitude and shows that it leads to psychological and physical well-being as well as increased happiness, life satisfaction, and mood. One study showed that positive changes in the area of the brain that are associated with learning and decision making lasted for 3 months after the initial gratitude experiment was conducted.

I like to say that we find what we look for and gratitude is no different. Here are some ways you can incorporate gratitude into your life.

Gratitude Practice #1: Start Small

When things are challenging in your life, you can start small: the sun came up. you have a warm blanket. If you find yourself looking at negatives or what you might not have, be gentle with yourself and try to stay open-minded, and find even a small thing to be grateful for.

Gratitude Practice #2: 20 Things to be Grateful for in 2020

If you are looking for ideas to begin your gratitude practice, you can try these 20 journal prompts. Just pick one or two a day and think or write a few words. (I am also posting these prompts on Instagram one each day if you want to follow along)!