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Life is made up of habits. We always have a choice to change a habit and enhance our life.
It was a regular evening where I was doing my chores. I usually turn on the podcast and do the dishes in an auto pilot mode. I tuned in to Jay Shetty’s podcast in which he was suggesting the listeners to make a gratitude journal. A curious bug got into my head and I started my research on this journal. I was expecting religious articles but was surprised to see the scientific evidence and studies conducted that glorifies the habit of practicing gratitude. I started this journey by mid May 2019. Here are some of my learnings.
Gratitude means to be able to find things to be grateful for even in adverse situations. Our brain is negatively biased which means, we are naturally wired to peruse negativity around us, and negative feeling linger onto us for a longer time than the positive.
Our negatively biased nature is a product of evolution. Our ancestors lingered in the wild quite often, this habit made them cautious because of past negative experiences while hunting. This in turn caused humans to be more in tune with the negative trait.
As humans, we evolved to survive. And cognitive biases may have helped serve that purpose. But the modern world presents many scenarios that demand more rational decisions.
Let us know more about how can we tackle the negative bias mind through gratitude journal.
As Nikola Tesla says “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
Gratitude journal also works on the same principle. As humans, we sometimes get overwhelmed by certain feelings on a particular day. They are nothing but energy and vibrations which we emit into the universe and in turn attract similar frequency thoughts. When we pen down, we are making a conscious choice to change this cycle. We involve our mind and emotions (heart) in scanning through the day’s memories and re live the moment that made you joyful. It is similar to training in the gym to build up and let the fat burn. Practicing this activity on a daily basis will re-wire the brain to see the bright side in all situations, and in turn you attract the frequency of your thoughts.
3 simple steps
For example: 1. I am grateful that my friend helped me re-check the article. He is very supportive of my tasks, and it is blissful to be around him.
I suggest you to exercise this activity at night, as this will help you have a good night’s sleep and to wake up energetic.
Life is made up of habits. We always have a choice to change a habit and enhance our life. This was one of the small changes that I added which has helped me tackle my negative biased thinking.
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