In the last post I shared some astonishing research findings from The Nun Study and the correlation between Positivity and Longevity. In the post I also showed you a simple activity that will increase your level of Gratitude (which turns the tables of negativity in your mind into positivity: The GIFT SCORE
Let me share another great but simple activity to change who we are emotionally. It is absolutely possible to make this change if we practice. Intentional activities (those activities we deliberately engage in to bring joy and peace into our lives) are what will make the difference.
“With God all things are Possible.”
He is the I am Possible.
Motivation and Energy
The new birth in Christ Jesus has broken the power of sin (negativity) in our lives and implanted a brand new nature. This new nature gives us the inward energy and motivation we need to walk in God’s Biblical commands: to think new thoughts, to capture negative thoughts, to overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, and to keep practicing a valuable new strategy until it becomes a habit in our lives.
Count Your Blessings
This down-to-earth simple exercise , shared by Dr. Dan Tomasulo, comes from a familiar phrase to all of us:” Count Your Blessings”. As we count our blessings, we are acknowledging our gratitudes. This has long been a staple of transforming negativity and increasing our well-being.
The Gratitude Review
Take a look at the last 24 hours through the lens of gratitude. Doing this has a persuasive ability to reframe our memory by pinpointing and highlighting things we are grateful for. Try to make a list of a minimum of three very specific gratitudes. Doing this on a daily basis has been shown to do some wonderful things for our emotional well-being.
It changes how we felt about yesterday, and makes a good day feel even better. It reconstructs our memory in the direction of greater positivity of a not-so-terrific yesterday. It is easy to do and it takes only a few minutes. You will find it takes no more time than the time needed to brush your teeth and provides an equivalent benefit to your sense of well being as brushing provides for your teeth.
It will make you feel better and much more appreciative in the moment.
Research has shown that this one simple exercise can create an optimistic mindset for up to two weeks. Think of the related benefits: joy in the day, steps toward aging with grace, and weight loss as we overcome emotional eating.