Being Grateful Really Does Make You Happier – 036

In episode 36, we wrap up our gratitude challenge by checking in with each other and reporting how each of us feels overall about taking on this habit this month.

In Habits Corner, we discuss the concept of ‘Imitating the Close’ and how the people that you spend the most time with have a huge impact on your habits.

I’m diggin’ an episode of the podcast Happier in Hollywood and Jenny’s diggin’ a Netflix documentary about Mr. Rogers.

My win is the fact that I’m back on track with learning Spanish with the app Duolingo after losing my streak a few weeks ago. Jenny’s learn is related to her attempts to intervene in her son’s nail biting habit.

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What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)

1:29: Jenny and I check in with each other and report our thoughts and what we learned by focusing on the habit of gratitude this month.

10:55: In our segment called Habits Corner, we share some more wisdom from James Clear’s book Atomic Habits on something known as ‘Imitating the Close’ which explains that the people you hang out with the most have a huge effect on your habits.

14:43: We’ve got some listener feedback to share this week from Instagram and the Facebook group!

16:28: What Are You Diggin’ Lately?  I’m diggin’ a episode of the podcast Happier in Hollywood about gratitude and Jenny’s diggin’ a Netflix documentary about Mr. Rogers.

22:37: You Win or You Learn: My win is really is getting back on track with learning Spanish with the app Duolingo and Jenny’s learn is related to her attempts to intervene with her son’s nail biting habit.

27:33: We wrap it up for this week.  Next week we will be introducing our challenge for March which is all about decluttering and creating inner calm from outer order! Jenny is soooooooo excited!!

Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:

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Go here to download the 5 Minute Journal PDF

Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Podcast: Happier in Hollywood Episode 79: Gratitude is Good For You

Netflix Documentary about Mr. Rogers: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Chewelry (jewelry that your kids (or you!) can chew on)

App: Duolingo

Key Quotes:

An excerpt from that article: A 2014 article in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience identified a variation in a gene (CD38) associated with gratitude. Some people simply have a heightened genetic tendency to experience, in the researchers’ words, “global relationship satisfaction, perceived partner responsiveness and positive emotions (particularly love).” That is, those relentlessly positive people you know who seem grateful all the time may simply be mutants.

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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to the hilarious and heavily bearded John, with whom she takes many adventures. Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 5 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

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Until next time,

Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny