Let’s continue our practicing gratitude and try out another excercise 🙏. Task for today is feeling (and showing) gratitude towards others 🤩. How can you do it?
➡️ 1. Notice, appreciate and thank others (close ones, coworkers etc) for every little (and easy to miss) gestures coming from them 🙏. Bring your attention to everything that you get from them: attention, support, help 🤝. Short conversation 💬, making a tea when you feel sick 😪, helping in solving a problem, a text showing that somebody thinks of you in a difficult moment….
When you concentrate on noticing and appreciating those details, you’ll see that you have plenty more reasons to feel grateful that you’ve thought before 🤩
➡️ 2. Notice, appreciate and thank strangers who you meet along your way e.g. as a customer. It can be a mindful waiter 😊, friendly saleswoman 🤗, a clerk with a smile on his face 😁, bus driver that waits for you to get in before he drives away 🚃… Notice those specific things that others do for you and feel grateful 😍
Do you notice those little deeds from others in your everyday life? 🤔 I sure do and I’m always grateful for every little help or support I get from others but on the other hand I feel sad/disappointed when others do not notice/appreciate what I do for them and take it for granted 💔
Do you feel the same way?
Next week: Gratitude towards your body
Source: @chodakowskaewa‘s new book “90 days – design your tomorrow”
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Groundbreaking research from the University of South Australia confirms that the act of smiling can trick your mind into happiness, simply by how you move your facial muscles 😀.
The new study evaluated the impact of a convert smile on two situations: perceptions of face and body expressions 🤔. ➡️In both situations a smile was induced by participants holding a pen between their teeth 😬, forcing their facial muscles to replicate the movement of a smile while a comparison group didn’t hold a pen.
➡️Both groups were shown a range of facial expressions (from frowns to smiles) and a series of body movements (from „sad walking” videos to „happy walking” videos).
➡️Under the „pen-in-the-teeth” conditio, the forced „smiling” facial position caused the participants to interpret the facial muscles and body movements of others as more positive, compared to the „no-pen” group 😉.
When participants forced a smile, it stimulated the amygdala – the emotional brain center 🧠, which is turn released neurotransmitters to encourage an emotionally positive state 🤗
According to the Chief investigator, Dr Fernando Marmolejo-Ramos „When your muscles say you’re happy, you’re more likely to see the world around you in a positive way” 🤩.
He concludes that if the brain can be tricked into perceiving stimulation as happy, this mechanism could be used to boost mental health conditions such as reducing anxiety or depression 😊
Remember – keep smiling! 😊😁😀😆😄😃😉🙂
Do you know the power of smile? Do you smile often? Do you smile at strangers?
Smile is such an amazing way of communicating, known all over the world. It can mean so much without using any words. I don’t think we smile enough. Go out and smile at strangers, you will make them feel better, and what’s most important – they will probably smile back. Give a smile to your family, to your friends, to your co-workers. This is the easiest friendly gesture you can make and it costs you nothing. But do you know what you can gain? – When you smile people think of you as more friendly, more open. It will work for you in the future e.g.when you will be in need 😊 – When you smile you actually trick your brain into thinking you’re happy. Try it. Even when you’re sad, confused, worried – smile. You brain will read it as a sign that everything is ok and will start producing endorphines which are happy hormones. This is scientifically proven, smile does work that way on brain 😊 – When you walk down the street with a smile on your face people will perceive you as more confident 😊 – Smile when you’re talking on the phone, it will make your voice warmer and will soothe your listener 😊 – Smile when talking to kids, they’ll like you more and will trust you 😊 – Smile when doing groceries, being at resturant, using any kind of services – make people who work there like their job 😊
The list can go on and on and on. Just try it. Smile as much as you can!