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Practice Gratitude and Positivity: Lifestyle Practice

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Write Down 3 Things for Which You Are Grateful

Simple Instructions:

  1. Each day, in the same place, write down three things you are grateful for or that were high points of your day.
  2. There is no “significance” requirement — these things can be big or small, as long as they matter to you.
  3. You can use any combination of gratitude or positivity you want. You can also include things you learned that day, as long as you consider them to be something that will help you.
  4. There is no requirement that you had a great day or that you feel “great” in order to complete this practice.

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Why Is This Practice Important?

When you are improvement minded, it is easy to get caught up in what’s wrong, what needs work, or where you’re falling short. While it’s not a bad thing to be able to assess yourself and your progress, what’s already great can easily escape your notice or get taken for granted.

Creating a practice where you seek out and identify the positive can create a mindset that allows you to appreciate what you have, in addition to wanting to build on it. We’re not hardwired to look at the things that are working or that simply bring us joy. It can be easy to lose sight on a regular basis that there is a lot great in our lives.

And it ain’t just for the “feelies,” either. Researcher suggests that people who practice gratitude regularly experience a host of benefits related to overall health and well-being — from stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure to higher levels of joy and connectedness.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.