There is a single exercise you can do to make your mind and body stronger. One that has proven its uplifting and powerful effect in many studies.
Whether you have tried gratitude writing or not, now, more than ever is the time to take up this practice.
This article explains some of the neuroscience behind gratitude.
It’s important to remember, as the article states, that the opposite of gratitude is not ingratitude, but despair. And that’s an emotion that, if you let it consume you, will destroy you. Where we have previously discussed the contagious effect of laughter, so too is despair.
Struggling to know where to start? Simply pick up a pen and notepad at the end of each day and ask yourself; Who am I grateful for today? What has gone well?
As I look back over some of my journal entries I’m surprised by the regularity of ‘coffee’ as a point of gratitude. But then again, the warmth and comfort from a cup of coffee is just as important a reflection of gratitude as a hug when we’re restricted from physical connection with others.