Remember we mentioned feel-good brain chemicals like dopamine, serotonin? And we know people with these conditions have lower levels. One great way of boosting your serotonin and dopamine, as well as boosting your mood in general, is to practice gratitude.
Gratitude is also useful, because when we are unwell, our minds tend to focus on what is not going well in our lives. But we have so much else to be grateful for; gratitude can help reduce our anxiety. It helps to build new neuropathways in the brain that can lead to better chemicals being released like dopamine.
Let’s take out the worksheet that is called “Gratitude Exercise”.
Please write down 25 things that you are grateful for in life. These things could be people in your life, situations, things. What is important is that we don’t just write down a list of people and objects. Like “my washing machine”, “my husband”. That is not actually engaging in gratitude. It is about going one step deeper by being specific as to why you are grateful, e.g. “I am grateful that my partner makes me feel loved”, or ”I am grateful for the food on my table today”.
Let’s pause now and spend some time writing these things down….it is really worth it. And please put this sheet on your wall and read it every day to help make yourself feel better.
Ashok Gupta is the Director of the Gupta Program. He has dedicated his life to helping people get their life back from Chronic Illness, improving people’s well-being, and helping them achieve their potential. He has been teaching meditation around the world for over 15 years. He runs a global e-clinic specializing in treating ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Multiple Chemical Sensitivities – www.guptaprogramme.com
Ashok has spent many years researching the brain neurology of emotion and linking well-being tools with science. He has published medical papers on the basis of stress-related illnesses. He has appeared in many media as an expert on stress on the BBC, CNN, Guardian Newspaper, ITV, The Independent, and many others.
He wrote and presented the Meaning of Life Experiment which is a Free, Award-winning Meditation and Self-Development App www.themeaningoflife.tv
He also works with companies around the world, teaching courses in Leadership, Time Management, and Personal Development. www.ashokgupta.tv