In this Episode Dr. Gerstmar discusses:
-How evolution has hardwired us
-How these 2 features of our mind combine to make us unhappy
-How gratitude can help
-…and 2 simple ways, that take less than 30 seconds, that you can practice gratitude
It’s Dr. Gerstmar from Aspire Natural Health. And in this quick video, I want to talk to you about a super simple practice that can have a MASSIVE impact on your well-being.
This week is Thanksgiving week here in the States, and despite some super troubling beginnings that definitely need to be addressed, Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday because of it’s emphasis on family and giving thanks.
And that brings us to the one super simple practice that can have a MASSIVE impact on your well-being, and that is…
Write this down…
To understand why gratitude is so powerful we need to take a moment and talk a little about the human mind.
Our bodies and our minds have been shaped by millions of years of evolution, and evolution is not particularly concerned with our happiness, it’s concerned with our survival.
So we’ve inherited some particular quirks that work against happiness and well-being for you and I.
The first is a negativity bias. We’re all hard-wired to notice and dwell on the negative or what’s wrong, rather than what’s right. For example we’re hard wired to focus on the fact that we’re hungry rather than that it’s a beautiful warm sunny day, because our ancestors who focused on getting food survived, while those who focused on the beautiful sunrise starved and died.
So we are all programmed to focus on the negatives in any situation.
The second is what is called the ‘hedonic treadmill’ what this means is that we quickly get used to something good and it comes to just be our new normal.
All of us can remember as kids desperately wanting something for Christmas. We dreamed about it, we made elaborate plans about how we were going to use it. We told our parents we’d never want another toy again if we got that one thing we were wanting.
And when we got it, we were so incredibly happy. But what happened. For most of us, a few days later the new toy was still cool, but it was now just okay, and we found ourselves wanting something else.
This is the hedonic treadmill, and as adults we do this ALL…THE…TIME.
Our toys just tend to be more expensive – houses, cars, fancy clothes, vacations, promotions at work, losing weight. Whatever it is, we say to ourselves “when I get that thing, then I’ll be happy.” Only what happens?
We get that thing, we’re happy for a short period of time, but then our negativity bias and the hedonic treadmill kick in and we’re back to our baseline and searching for the next thing that’s truly going to be the thing that makes us happy.
So we are not programmed by evolution to be happy.
And the other thing, we see people every day suffering with digestive and autoimmune issues, and those issues are causing real pain for people, whether it’s physical pain, or mental and emotional pain and this makes it even harder to be happy and have a high sense of well-being.
This brings us back to gratitude. While we are not hard-wired for gratitude, we can build the habit of gratitude, and studies as well as every day experience tell us that gratitude can shift our mindset from the negative to the positive and improve our happiness and well-being.
The great thing about gratitude is that we can do it anytime, and it costs nothing. But it is a habit and needs to be consciously done.
There are two primary ways to do gratitude, some people do daily journaling about gratitude, and that can be as simple as when I get up in the morning, I will sit down with my pen and a notepad and write out 3 things which I’m grateful for today, or before I go to bed after I brush my teeth I’ll do the same thing, or maybe both.
The other way to do gratitude is to tie it to a specific event. When I sit down for my daily meals, I will take one deep breath and tell myself one specific thing I’m grateful for.
Please don’t dismiss this small practice because it seems so simple. It is one of the easiest but most profound things you can do to have a MASSIVE impact on your well-being.
So there you have it…
We are not hard wired to be happy, but to survive. Thankfully for most of us we don’t live in that world of survival anymore, but our bodies and our minds haven’t gotten that message. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed to be unhappy, but we have to work at it.
One of the simplest but most profound things you can do is to build the habit of gratitude. For as little as 30 seconds per day, you can practice gratitude and reap the benefits.
Just remember like any habit, you have to set out the specifics to be successful. Like every time I sit down to eat, I will take 1 deep breath and then list one thing I am grateful for.
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Until next time folks…Take care!
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