Monday, August 26, 2013

The Power of Gratitude

I always keep a daily gratitude journal while on vacation. I list three nice things that happened to me each day, just a short one sentence for each. It could me something small as a nice conversation with someone, a compliment, or a fun experience. Traveling can be stressful and tiring so it's nice to be able to reflect on the good that happens. I think you're more likely to feel happiness if you can reflect back on it. Happiness is a choice, so if you make a conscience decision to feel happy, you will. I also think the act of daily gratitude helps to attract positive things into your life.
Joel Osteen says being unhappy won't change anything for the better. Being negative and sour isn't going to improve anything either. You might as well choose to be happy and enjoy your life! Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel. So don't worry about things you can't change, just appreciate today.
In an interview with Dr. Oz in January 2012, Goldie Hawn shared her secrets to staying young: maintaining a sunny personality. "When you are in a healthier state of mind, the body reacts. So, when you're feeling joyful the body actually will react that way . . . So I say, cut the negative, focus on the positive, habituate the positive thinking. And in doing so, your neurobiology begins to fire differently because that's what your brain likes."

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