“Getting in touch with gratitude triggers your heart to open, and gets you to be in a more loving place in the world.”- Selma Lewis
I'm Doctor Selma Lewis. I'm doing this talk today because I'm very grateful for all that it has been done to me and for me, and I wanna pass some of that knowledge to you.
So, let yourself be touched by life more, open your heart, and have a gratitude practice. Today I'm gonna talk to you about my very favorite topic for helping people have a better life. It's so simple, I can already hear you going, "Oh no, don't tell me that!"
But it's true— it's called a gratitude list.
When I first heard about gratitude lists I thought it was woo-woo. But now brain scientists have shown us that you actually change your brain when you start sorting for things that are working and pleasurable, and loving in your life, rather than what I used to do— sort for the negative.
I used to walk into a restaurant and I could look around and tell you what was wrong in 27 seconds. Nowadays I sort for what's positive. It's increased the value in my life enormously and I highly recommend it to all of my clients.
Today, I start every day with my gratitude list. Sometimes I sit and write it, sometimes I run through my list in the shower.
Many of my clients have been doing it and some people even call me occasionally to say, "You know, I saw you years ago. Thank you for telling me to do the gratitude list. It's changed me in many, many ways."
Do this: take five things every day that you are grateful for and list them— usually every 24 hours so you can get in the habit of doing it. Some people do it before bed, some people do it in the morning. It doesn't matter when— consistency is what matters.
It's very simple, you can think of something that occurred in the last 24 hours or the last week that touched you in some way.
For me, it's always being grateful for having eyesight. I love to look at nature, beautiful colors, pretty things, and the faces of young children whom are full of potential.
All of that just makes me so happy that I have eyesight.
You too can think of other things as basic as that. Things that you love as well as that kind smile someone gave you this morning on the street that just made you feel better. Or, some kind deed that was done to somebody that you oversaw.
Getting in touch with gratitude triggers your heart to open, and gets you to be in a more loving place in the world. With the way the world is today, I think all of us could use a lot more gratitude, kindness, lovingness— so think about this and incorporate it into your schedule.
Think about where it would fit in your life. Start today, do it.
Thank you all for watching, and have a great life :)