Gratitude & Noticing the Good
Our intention for this week is to practice gratitude, to take in all the good around us. As you move through the week, noticing when something good happens or you’re enjoying something and staying with it for 20-30 seconds, really savouring the experience and taking in every drop of its goodness.
By practicing gratitude and taking in the good, we are addressing the negativity bias of the mind. Dr. Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist, explains that we all have minds designed to survive. Therefore, our minds have been programmed to notice threats or that which we perceive as threats as a means of staying safe. Sometimes this is useful; however, our evolved brains can’t always discern when threats are real or not. This can cause a lot of stress.
By practising gratitude and inclining our mind towards positive mind traits, they soon become states. Through, his research, Rick joyfully teaches us that we can create positive superhighways of wellbeing in the brain through turning towards that which is good and that which brings us joy, rather than focusing on that which is negative.