This is actually more of an invitation than a dare…
why not experiment with a gratitude practice?
with the practice of expressing your gratitude, out loud?
by which we mean, in the held space of a closed Facebook page, amongst other people supporting the practice?
After reading this story from early December, and Susan Reifer’s wonderful insights about the benefit of a gratitude practice, Diane Zaste felt a seed of an idea rattle about inside her heart. She watered it. And it grew into a Facebook page, and a small community of people, who are exploring gratitude in their daily lives.
It’s a closed group, in order to hold the space for people who are involved to share frankly. All are welcome. Just request an invite and the administrators will enfold you! (Click on the link to go to the Group and make the request, or PM Lisa Richardson or Diane Zaste and we can send you an invitation.)
As Diane explains on the page:
It is our hope to cultivate gratitude in our lives by providing a forum to share what we are grateful for on a daily basis.
You may be as committal as you choose, but consider the following quote from Susan Reifer –
“Neuropsychologists have found that the human brain has a natural negativity bias, and – Gratitude has the ability to influence your neural machinery, and, in the process, to generate higher flows of feel-good neurotransmitters, like dopamine and nor-epinephrine.”
That is the science behind what could be a life-changing practice.
Susan also says:
“Gratitude is not meant to be a power tool for denial to shut down genuine grief, discomfort, or concern. It’s not meant to be an act of self-aggression. Rather, it’s a practice of focusing, for a few minutes a day, on finding things, noticing things, for which one can naturally experience a feeling of warmth and welcome. And that little tiny act has been shown by a whole range of different kinds of research to have benefits on physical health, to have benefits on psychological health, to improve empathy and reduce aggression, improve sleep, improve self-esteem, improve mental agility and strength.”
Consider gratitude as an experience, and not just a sentiment. What better antidote to suffering can there be than gratitude?
We’ve agreed to keep this a closed group, but please feel free to request that your family and friends join us on this journey. Please share with us what you’re grateful for today, what inspired your gratitude, if you like, and any gratitude related media.
The Group page launched a month ago, today, and is a lovely place to visit daily for a little surge of feel-good chemicals… or to dip into now and then, when you need to be reminded that the world is a beautiful place, things are not always easy for people, but gratitude is a skill set that empowers people to spin an experience into something that might have more light to it, than initially seemed possible. Plus, everything good is better shared. (Except for the last square of chocolate.)