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Nov. 25, 2021

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude helps you feel better and see the good things in life. When combined with a gratitude practice, you will also be able to anchor that positive feeling into your brain and body, thus being able to call on that positive emotional reserve whene...

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Gratitude helps you feel better and see the good things in life. When combined with a gratitude practice, you will also be able to anchor that positive feeling into your brain and body, thus being able to call on that positive emotional reserve whenever you need to.

Stay with me for today’s episode we talk about Science behind gratitude and how you can develop an attitude of gratitude.


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The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive and the more rapidly they will come. And the reason simply is that the Mental Attitude of Gratitude draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come. And this is a follow up to last week. This is a quote from Wallace D wattles, the science of getting rich. So stay with me for today's episode, where we'll talk about the science behind gratitude, and how you can develop an attitude of gratitude.


The following was recorded in front of a live studio audience at the studio 21 podcast cafe. This is the United Podcast Network.


Welcome to rat race reboot. I'm your host, Laura Noel. And as a certified coach and former 27 year military leader. Each week, I provide bite sized mindset pivots that will help you reset your mind reawaken your spirit and regain your control. Hello, everybody, and welcome once again to rat race reboot. Today we're talking all about gratitude and gratitude helps you see the good in all things and it it helps you kind of anchor that positive feeling into your mind and into your body. So that when times get tough, you have some reserves to tap into that you can draw from and you can gracefully overcome those challenges or obstacles. And the word gratitude and the notion of gratitude reminds me of a story that Bob Proctor and Sandy Gallagher were sharing. And this is Sandy's story. But Sandy Gallagher was going through a difficult time in her personal life. And she was in the midst of transitioning from her role as a lawyer to working at the Procter Gallagher Institute as the CEO. And she had breakfast with Bob one day at a conference and she said, Give me three things that I can implement right now that will have the greatest impact on my life. And those three things that Bob told her or one every single day, write 10 things that you're grateful for.


Send love to three people who annoy you, and and then sit quietly and ask for guidance for the day. So let's talk about those three things. 10 things to be grateful for. Now, if I were to ask you to grab a journal and every day, write down 10 things that you're grateful for, I can tell you from personal experience. At first, I was having trouble with that sometimes people have trouble finding things that they're grateful for. But through that practice, and the repetition of pushing through this exercise, you'll start to see more things to be grateful for. So maybe if you try this exercise, maybe you come up with one or two things, and that's okay. And then the next day, maybe you come up with three or four things. And the more you practice, the more likely you will see things to be grateful for the other thing is when I started this practice, and I a lot of clients that I work with, they would write down some seemingly superficial things like I had a great cup of coffee, or I did a great job doing my makeup today, whatever that it my hair looks good today, whatever it is, but that's okay, too, you know. Because when you get into that practice, then the more you do it, the more deeply you'll get with your ideas and things to be grateful for. So that was the first thing sending love to three people who annoy you. Hmm. So that's not always an easy thing now in the circumstance, and I'm not sharing you sharing with you something that Sandy hasn't shared on stage. But she was going through a difficult breakup. And it was pretty, pretty bad. And so she kept bringing her ex husband to mind. And she's, she said, instead of seeing like sending him love and feeling love whenever I would bring them to my mind's eyes, I would see daggers. So what she did, and I thought this was beautiful is she had a lab, and his name was bear. And so he would put his paws up on her shoulders and like almost give her a bear hug. And I love this story because she would think of bear in her mind's eye and then she would let that image morph into the ex husband. And she was coming from a place of love. So that's even for a split second sending love in that moment. It was difficult, but the more she did it, the more practice she had with doing it, the better she became with it. And actually that was really freeing. We're going to talk about why that is in a few seconds. And then sitting quiet. And asking for guidance for the day. If you've been listening to rat race reboot, we do that we end every podcast every episode with, you know, getting in harmony with our wish and our desires and then asking for guidance for the day and then taking inspired action. So this could be a part of your daily practice. So remember, if gratitude is a practice, and we've talked about in previous episodes about your brain and how it's wired, and the reticular activating system, which is the filtration system for your brain, we're taking in so much information at any given moment, we can't humanly process all of that information, we're only processing a small fraction of it. And your reticular activating system, your Raz is filtering information as it comes in. It's binary in nature. So when something comes in at saying familiar, unfamiliar, familiar, unfamiliar, it's looking for a match for what you say is important. It's also looking for a match for what you already know, basically, what you believe is true. So if you're thinking, you know, if you're seeing the hat, the glass is half empty. And you're finding that you're having trouble finding things to be grateful for your RAs, your reticular activating system is going to show you more evidence of that. And so that's why, if you practice gratitude, you'll start to see more reasons to feel grateful. And you'll start to see more solutions to some of the obstacles and challenges that you have yet to overcome. And we're always going to have obstacles and challenges. Whenever we're growing. It's not just a cakewalk. So that that's what I mean, it's that gratitude helps you tap into reserves that you didn't even know you had. And you're building that that cash up for yourself, so you can dip in at any time. So here's a couple of other interesting things to science shows that gratitude can interest, increase neuro chemicals in the brain and body. I love that. So when we're thinking from negative to positive, there's feel good chemicals in your body, the dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and all of these chemicals relate to feelings of closeness and connection and feelings of happiness, all those things that come with gratitude. But we have to consistently practice gratitude, it can't be a once and done. So here's the cool thing is we know the brain can change with experience and with practice. So the more that gratitude is practice, the more the brain learns, and the more that it can tune into positive things in the world and in your life. Let's help remember the rods works. And studies show that focusing on an experience for 20 seconds is enough to create a positive structural change in your brain. And guess what, that's your point of attraction, we're talking about the law of attraction. There's a science and psychology behind this. So there's so many reasons why you want to practice gratitude, it will shift everything for you. So here are three things that you can do. Now, you can start doing this right here. And now today. First, is get a journal if you don't have one already. And, you know, you don't have to necessarily do what Bob asked Sandy to do, although I might do that, because he knows what he's talking about. So to Sandy, but keep a journal and start here. Write down three things that you're grateful for. First thing in the morning and right before you go to bed. So that way, you're setting yourself up for success during the day before, you've had a chance to get bombarded with emails or anything like that, or the news, you're in a good mental state to start your day you are in control of you, no matter what happens. And then before you go to bed doing that, again, is so important. Because when you go to sleep, you're focused on something positive. Again, you're changing, you're rewiring your brain. And when you're going to sleep consciously, you're not thinking thoughts, but on a subconscious level you are. So you're you're embedding those good feelings and those positive thoughts in your subconscious mind, which is what sets up your energy, your point of attraction. Feeling is the conscious awareness of the vibration energy that you're in. So when you do that, you'll find that you'll wake up in a much more positive state.


And then incorporate this short practice that we're going to do right here and right now into your morning routine. So I'm going to show you I'm going to take you through this practice that Bob had Sandy go through and it's something that I do every single day. And so do this to the best of your ability. We're going to get some music started in the background and right now I just want you to get comfortable. Relax. Take a deep inhale through your nose, hold it and act exhale fully and completely. Take another inhale through your nose and exhaling, releasing any signs of tension, anything that is no longer serving you from the day. Let it go. And take one more deep inhale and exhaling, releasing everything that is no longer serving you. Be here and be now. And see if you can come up with 10 things that you're grateful for, challenge yourself. Maybe that's easy for you. Take it a step further. Feel the gratitude of what you're writing down. So I don't want you to just write down things. If you're grateful for this stinking amazing cup of coffee that you made this morning or somebody got for you. What did it feel like? When you were holding that cup of coffee taking that first sip? transport yourself into the feeling


that's where you shift your energy. Now, I want you to give this a try. Send love to three people who are just dangling from your last nerve.


Might not be easy. But give it a shot. Bring them to your mind's eye and energetically send them love. Healing, send it from your heart


if you're having trouble, bring something to your mind that brings you joy right now and then allow that image and that feeling to morph into that person, even if it's just for a couple seconds.


And then just sit quietly asking for guidance for the day. How can you see things to be grateful for and each and every moment? How can you be more grateful today welcome back. I hope that was a powerful experience for you. And it's going to take practice if it's something that you're not accustomed to. I'm really grateful that you joined us today on rat race reboot. And if you enjoyed today's episode, please go to rat race reboot.com Follow us on whatever channels you listen to podcasts on. And be sure to subscribe to our news love letter. We have a free download there for you. But you'll know when podcast episodes are being released. And as always, if you enjoyed this episode, leave a review. That's how the algorithms work. And that's how more people can be reached by this message. And I do read those reviews. So thank you in advance for a wonderful review. Have a wonderful rest of your week. And remember, everything is created twice, first in your mind and then in physical form. We'll see you next week.


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