Rewire Your Brain With the Practice of Gratitude – 034

In episode 34, we discuss how once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. We check in on how our gratitude practice is going and then Jenny and I both share what we are grateful for. We also check in to see how our 19 for 2019 lists are coming along.

I’m diggin’ a slow cooker chicken stew recipe and Jenny’s diggin’ mascara. That’s right….mascara.

My win is related to the books I read in January and Jennie’s learn is related to the ever encroaching temptation of technology.

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

1:13: Jenny and I discuss how once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for.

2:41: Then we check in to see how the first week of the gratitude practice went.

5:22: We check in to see how our list of 19 for 2019 is shaping up.

9:08: We’ve got some listener feedback to share this week!

13:42: Who Are You Anyway? What are you grateful for?

19:06: What Are You Diggin’ Lately?  I’m diggin’ a slowcooker chicken stew recipe and Jenny’s diggin’ mascara.

23:07: You Win or You Learn: My win is related to the books I read in January and Jenny’s learn is related to technology creeping back up on her.

26:08: We wrap it up for this week.  Next week we check in again to see how our gratitude challenge is going!

Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:

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Article: Psychology Today- The Grateful Brain

My 19 for 2019 List

Book: The 5 Minute Journal

Go here to download the 5 Minute Journal PDF

Book: Educated by Tara Westover

Book: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Recipe: Slow Cooker Curried Chicken Stew

Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara

Book: The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

Book: Touch by Courtney Maum

Book: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Key Quotes:

“Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. Your brain only has so much power to focus its attention. It cannot easily focus on both positive and negative stimuli. It is like a small child: easily distracted. Oh your tummy hurts? Here’s a lollipop. So you lost your job? Isn’t it wonderful we’re having KFC for dinner? On top of that your brain loves to fall for the confirmation bias, that is it looks for things that prove what it already believes to be true. And the dopamine reinforces that as well. So once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. That’s how the virtuous cycle gets created.” -Peggy quoting article from Psychology Today

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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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