Gratitude is a foundation at our Empowered Wellness camps with our teens and young adults. We use mindful meditation and cognitive brain strategies to help us to be in our wise minds. Gratitude is front and center in our strategies. Why? Because it changes us.
First of all, it’s a simple strategy. It takes discipline to remember to be thankful and when circumstances are hard it’s even more difficult, but we all have something in our lives to be thankful for. A few minutes of quiet reflection everyday is all it takes to get yourself into a gratitude state of mind.
Second, it changes our behaviors. Our mental chatter affects us. What we tell ourselves affects our behavior and our behavior affects our decisions. If we change how we think about our situation it changes our decisions and our decisions often makes our situation more bearable to handle.
Third, it brings health. Many scientific studies have shown that being mindful with gratitude increases overall health and combats a long list of medical and psychological issues. It helps regulate your emotions, fosters positive thoughts, improves your mood, and reduces stress. That’s something to be thankful for.
How to be mindful with gratitude?
Be intentional. Find a time in your morning to be thankful. It can be in the morning, in the shower, when you’re drinking your coffee, or when you’re on your drive to school or work. Simply quiet the distractions around you and focus on those people and things you are thankful for. We encourage you to write it down.
We made you a Gratitude Log to download, so download it and put it somewhere where you can see it. Write down what you are thankful for.
On Facebook we’ll be reminding you for the next 30 days to write it all down so join on our social media pages.