I received the nicest email from Bruce this morning, letting me know he and his wife are participating together on the Dopamine Challenge. He said that they added a sixth item to their daily list, and that is faith. I took the original list directly from the TED Talk given by Shawn Achor, but I thought about faith. It feels like for those for whom faith is part of their lives, meditation can sometimes accommodate that discipline. Personally, meditation and prayer oftentimes share a fine line, but if you need to pull out faith as a separate line item, then follow Bruce’s lead, and please do!
The Other Three
- Exercise – nope
- Meditate – done
- Kindness – done
- Receiving a kind email from Bruce
- Singing out loud
- Being on a first-name basis with the produce guy (Peter)
- Clean water to drink
- Technology that connects me with business peers around the world
- John’s willingness to help with all my questions
- Feedback on my cooking
- Unsolicited help with the dishes
- Razor the Caped Crusader
When Heather told me this morning that she’s been keeping a written record of her positive experiences, I smiled. But when Heather told me what a difference it’s actually making in her life – how she can’t help but look at things differently because she’s always looking for the positive in everything (even the news), and that’s when the change occurred inside of her, I knew she was experiencing the positive side effects Shawn Achor discussed in his TED Talk. It’s the same thing that Bruce shared with me in his email, too: sometimes we just need a gentle reminder to refocus on all the good and great that surround us all the time.
I’m grateful for this opportunity to write about my experiences and the growth you’re each having, as well.If you like this post, you can subscribe to receive regular doses of encouragement and inspiration to help you on your way:
Rachel the sister says
I am grateful for fixing friendships and filling those moments with exciting news. I’m also grateful for happy tears.
Jim Williams says
Gratitude changes everything. There is no room for anger, negative thoughts or limiting beliefs when I am grateful. Thank you for sharing this blog with us….Its awesome to experience your willingness to share your daily life with us concerning your innermost thoughts that lead you to gratitude. When I read your blog on creating positive I gain an awareness of being connected with the Spirit of the Universe and become even more grateful..Powerful messages………
Friendships, sharing life’s moments, which often include tears, are all wonderful things for which to be grateful.
You’re so right, Jim. When we create room for gratitude in our lives, ideally, we leave no space for negativity and limiting thoughts. That’s what I love most about your comment – the reminder that when we truly create our futures through positive thinking – we also create limitless possibilities for ourselves. It’s not just about being grateful; it’s about defining what we choose to become, and all within the unending possibilities this Universe provides each of us. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts today.