Accessing the Power of Gratitude

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Rose petalsThe practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

 

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet it’s full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

 

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

 

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

 

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful rose petals, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, summer breeze, tomatoes, the ability to read, flowers, our health, butterflies. What’s on your list?


Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

•  Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

•  Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.

•  Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.

•  Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

•  When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.

•  Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

 

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at play.

 

Author’s content used under license, © 2012 Claire Communications

The paradox

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What does the paradox:Jumping girls If you can’t lose, the game is not worth playing; when you really play, you always win, mean to you?

For me it is about that every game we play makes us a better player, we practice to pursue mastery and we always win in the sense that we learn something new while engaging in the game.

While playing games, we don’t take failure personally since failure is expected and we can play games over and over again until we reach our desired results.

Do you want to play the game of your life better? Please contact me for more information or to schedule a FREE exploratory session.

Gamification and the PlayTwoWin method

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The word “gamification,” Winning handmuch like the phrase “social media” a few years back, is being lobbed around in technology circles as the next frontier in web and mobile. Just as nearly every application, website, brand and marketer now employs social media in some capacity, so too will these entities gravitate toward game mechanics in the years ahead.

According to the Gartner report; “By 2014, a gamified service for consumer goods marketing and customer retention will become as important as Facebook, eBay or Amazon, and more than 70% of Global 2000 organizations will have at least one gamified application.”

If you want to read more about gamification a great place to start is here; Gamification: How Competition Is Reinventing Business, Marketing & Everyday Life

The PlayTwoWin method is just one of all the fruits of gamification. It is an excellent method of coaching you to play the game of your life BETTER and winning BIGGER. If you want to know more about this method, please contact me for more information or to schedule a FREE exploratory session.

 

Play Time Isn’t Just For Kids…

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It’s important to your stress level and youCarouselr happiness quotient that you have at least one activity that you do regularly just for fun. Hobbies and other fun activities provide a fun way to sharpen skills, express your creativity, or just blow off steam. Also, when you get really engrossed in an activity you enjoy, you can experience a state of being known as flow, in which your brain is in a near-meditative state, which has benefits for your body, mind and soul.

Click here to read more about how to discover new potential stress relieving hobbies and find other resources for happiness and much more.

My favorite stress reliever is playing games. Games have a way of keeping us in the present moment, with a light-hearted focus, and laughter that comes easily. I recommend creating a game night with friends you enjoy, and letting your inner child come out to play on a regular basis. If you are a parent, really enjoy your time with your children. Whatever you do throughout the day, it can become more fun with a playful attitude, and this can melt away stress.

What are you doing for fun this weekend?