In today’s episode we:
- Explore the power of gratitude
- Consider what we can do to make use of gratitude
- Discuss how science is trying to reshape memories.
- Can gratitude save your…job, relationship, life?
- What about medication? What if after doing all the right things our brain still do not cooperate and gratitude seems out of reach?
- Seeing the good, not ignoring the bad. Gratitude does not deny the bad.
- Can we change the wiring in our brain?
- Can an attitude of gratitude help us with PTSD recovery? It can. As we adopt a mindset shaped by being able to see what is truly good in ourselves, others, and the world we are in a better position to deal with our traumatic experiences.
Reshaping Memories with Genetics… (see the post on Reshaping Memories)
- 3 Gratitude Each Day for 21 Days
- Journaling One Positive Event Each Day
- Random Acts of Kindness: E-mail/send a positive note
I will be doing #1.
What one or two will you be doing? What other ways have helped you maintain an attitude of gratitude?
Resources and References:
- Shawn Achor’s TED Talk, http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html
- The Neuroscience of Why Gratitude Makes Us Healthier, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ocean-robbins/having-gratitude-_b_1073105.html
- The Importance of Gratitude, Umass – Darthmouth, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ocean-robbins/having-gratitude-_b_1073105.html
- Why Giving Thanks Is Good For the Psyche, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/22/give-thanks-health-psyche-brain-emotion_n_1108590.html
- Dr. Robert Emmons, UC Davis, http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/labs/emmons/PWT/index.cfm