Gratitude Will Change Your Attitude

Are you constantly feeling down in the dumps and can’t seem to pull out of it? You work all the time, but it feels hard when it comes time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Do you stop and look at the world around you in this fast-paced world, or are you running too much to see the beauty?

I know I get too busy to look around. That’s probably not a good thing to admit as a certified NLP Life Coach, but it’s true. I can have fifteen certifications, but I can’t lie to you guys. With two kids, a husband, a church family, and a business, I rarely get time to stop and look around. It’s easy to become cynical and just all around bummed out. What can we do? Well, I have a very simple answer. It’s so simple most of you won’t even do it.

You see when things are simple to do, they are also simple to forget. They are simply easy to put off until later. Later never comes, and then the simple becomes forgotten entirely.

Gratitude has been scientifically proven to change your attitude by changing your biochemistry, heart rate, and overall mental health. Every religion on this Earth, past and present, has given high priority to gratitude, and yet we don’t do it. Why? It’s too simple.

A 2018 Greater Good Science Center study found that a regular practice of gratitude increases happiness and overall satisfaction with life. It helps you sleep better at night and have less fatigue during the day. Gratitude has been shown to reduce pain, regulate stress and anxiety, increase energy and focus, and increase our productivity in the workplace. A UCLA study says that regularly expressing gratitude changes the brain’s molecular structure. It means we can literally train our brains to be more grateful over time, increase our brain function, and improve our overall mental health.

So enough sciency stuff Synova!!! What do we do?

Ok. It’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Set a notebook by your bed, and I want you to write down ten things you are grateful for every night before bed. Now don’t scribble down the same ten nonsense things every night. Take time to really feel the gratitude well up in your chest for each item listed before moving on to the next one. Thank God for each one and drift off into dreamland peacefully. Then repeat the process every morning to start your day. You don’t have to spend hours. It only takes minutes to set your day up right. 

Love you all – Synova

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Gratitude Through The Storm: A Guided Gratitude Journal

Like a lighthouse in the storm, gratitude will guide you through to calm waters. This guided gratitude journal is a very personal project of mine and I can’t wait to share it with you all. My life hasn’t seen the sun in almost two years, but when I remember to practice gratitude my ship sails smoothly through the day. When I forget the waves crash over me and I find myself flailing about amid troubled waters. Once I catch my breath I’m again drawn back to the light of gratitude and the inner peace it brings.

This journal is more than just another list of self help topics, or scientific facts. It’s a tried and true journey that I am on. I do believe I can see the clouds parting and the sun shining through . It’s time to share with you all.

Whispers of the Mind: How Thoughts Become Things

Humans have a hidden superpower. With it we can both create and destroy. In most people it is raw, unfiltered and troublesome. But, if we could train it and hone it to perfection, it is powerful enough to change the world.

There’s a wise old saying that says, “for as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” What does that mean, exactly? It means you become what you think about regularly. Your consistent thoughts become your actions, and your actions change the reality around you. I know this sounds like a bunch of hoodoos, but I promise you there’s science behind it.

What if we trained our minds to create instead of to destroy? We could change the world with one mind at a time.

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Reconnect To Joy (Happiness comes from within)

Reconnect to Joy

Ask anyone on the street to define joy, and they might struggle to find a definition. Webster’s dictionary defines it as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. The second definition is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune.

I have a little argument about the second one. While I agree joy is an emotion, I do not believe true joy comes from anything external. If being successful brought you joy, you would never see a celebrity addicted to drugs. If good fortune brought you joy, you would never see a lottery winner lose all their money. So what brings true Joy?

I believe joy is something we create on the inside and express externally. If you wait for some external factor to find joy, what happens if you never win the lottery or become successful? Are you going to be depressed for the rest of your life because you didn’t win the lottery? Perhaps my definition of success is different than most. To be truly successful, you need it in every area of your life; this includes relationships, spirituality, health, and finances.

What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul is an old saying that I love. How many times do we see this happen to aging celebrities? They have based their value on their performance, and when people start forgetting them, they get depressed and start having trouble. Does that mean they weren’t successful? In reality, they have found financial success but never realized it comes from them internally. 

Whether people love you or hate you, you can be successful. You don’t have to have a million followers on Instagram to be considered a success. I worry about this next generation. Society has taught them their value is in their face or body’s beauty. What happens if they have an accident and lose their beauty? What if they live past 25?

It’s time for us to realize joy comes from within. Happiness comes from taking a moment to enjoy the beauty around you. Roses fade every year. Does that mean roses aren’t successful in their growth or their purpose? No. They are beautiful for a short time. So are humans. We may live more than a single season, but if you look back over history, our lives are too short. We need to find joy in the little things daily and not focus so much on the superficial. 

I read a study once that said 20 seconds of deep laughter would double the heart rate as if you had done 3 minutes of an intense rowing exercise. What if we laughed more? What if we took time to enjoy the little things? How many good chemicals could we fill our bodies with by looking for joy daily? Decide today that you will be happy and look for moments of pleasure.

 How do you reconnect with joy, you might ask.

  •  Learn to say no to those needless obligations.
  •  stop “Shoulding” all over yourself
  •  clear your mental clutter
  •  create a stop-doing list
  •  engage in 15 minutes of Laugh therapy daily
  •  play with your kids and your pets.

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