- Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
- Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
- Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
- Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.
Discussion from Dr Gilbert:
These are powerful! Living with a heart towards GRATITUDE is life changing – spiritually, in your physical health, and relationally.
Labeling your negative emotions helps us move on. We often forget the power of this step.
Aim for movement versus perfection changes our brains wiring.
And touch has a powerful effect from the right people. Find safe people. Be with and be lose to those that build you up and encourage you.
These are powerful steps in the right direction.
I would not say that happiness is the best goal. Aiming for joy despite the circumstances and being thankful (gratitude) are powerful steps forward. I cannot emphasize enough the power of touch. Be close and be smart. Be near safe people. Find comfort in and with others. Put down the phone, tablet, computer, screen, device, earbuds, etc. BE WITH OTHERS. This is transforming.