It’s true; our brains are actually hardwired for happiness and empathy. They also love to practice gratitude; every time we take a moment to be grateful, our brain gives all the cells in our body the gift of peacefulness. It’s that simple.
Whenever I feel sadness or fear trying to creep in, I know I have to take action before those feelings get the chance to anchor themselves in my heart and mind. The easiest and fastest step I can take to protect myself is to start naming the many things for which I am grateful. The more I reflect on gratitude, the calmer and safer I feel. And then of course, the next easiest thing to do is breathe–just breathe. I close my eyes and inhale from down deep in my belly, hold it for a second or two and then exhale slowly through my mouth. This simple gift I give to myself makes me feel powerful, safe, protected and in control of this moment. This is all I have really–this moment, this breath, this genuine feeling of gratitude and I know I am okay and I can do it again and again.
- Being Grateful (sendingjoy.wordpress.com)