The act of being thankful can amplify the good – the good things in our lives, the good people in our lives and even the good in us. What better time than the holidays to practice these skills? The practice of taking in the good uses our mind to change our brain for the better.
- Look for positive facts and let them become positive experiences. Let yourself feel good if you get something done, if someone is nice to you, or if you notice a good quality in yourself.
- Savor the positive experience and sustain it for 10-20-30 seconds. Try to let it fill your body, and be as intense as possible.
- Intend and sense that the positive experience is soaking into you, like water into a sponge, becoming a part of you.
- Do this several times a day. The more you take in the good, the more your brain will change for the better.
The good news is the more we practice gratitude, the more often we get to experience it and the deeper we experience it. Being thankful is a choice we can make in any given moment. Take the time to relish and savor the gifts in your life this holiday season.