Do you know a few minutes of tapping into gratitude can help with your health? As our “Happiness through Hardship” – The Podcast listeners know, we do a segment on the podcast about gratitude called “The Grateful Game” and are now spinning it off for IGTV. Each Monday I will go live and connect with you (so follow us on @PrettyWellness on Instagram to join) – with thoughts on gratitude and show how easy it can be to start your own healthy routine.
Gratitude helps people “feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.” After my second cancer diagnosis, I started to research who was thriving with cancer and what were they doing to be well. I learned that wellness is about consistent self-care – creating everyday practices that help improve your body and mind toward a state of good health. And studies show – according to Harvard Medical School that within “positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
And for me – focusing on on gratitude brings tremendous positive energy into my life. I started The Grateful Game with my son during our bedtime routine. We sat in bed, the lights out and timed each other for two-minutes sharing what we were grateful for and why. The person with the highest number of positive (and authentic) ideas – won! Now even though we made this a game…in the wise words of my mother – “It’s not whether you win or lose, Caryn, it’s how you play the game.” To me – playing this game is habit forming. Throughout the day, both my son and I look for things that have made us….(insert positive word here) = educated, positively influenced, touched (our hearts), happy and thus grateful.
I want share this info here and on the podcast in hopes to help others find joy during whatever journey they have in life. Please check out @PrettyWellness Instagram stories on Mondays – to find out what time we are going LIVE on IGTV so you can feel it, too.
If you need a list of prompts to help you think further think about gratitude – please check out our The Grateful Game Challenge prompts here: https://prettywellness.com/grateful-game/
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