CULTIVATING GRATITUDE

Whether we are conscious of it or not we are either reinforcing old neural pathways or are making new healthy ones. It’s been scientifically proven that practicing gratitude changes our brain chemistry and releases endorphins, the feel good drug. One way to uplift your mood is to start keeping a gratitude journal.

Any progress, after a S.C.I. needs to be celebrated. By writing things down you will have the capability to reread your journal & be reminded how far you have come. Life is much easier when our focus is on what we can do instead of what we cannot. Start making a big deal of the little things!

Everyday for a week, write down at least three things you are grateful for. I made it a bit more challenging and upped the number to 10.

Say thank you to yourself even when you don’t mean it.

I promise you this works. For about the first year after my accident I barely had a grip and certainly couldn’t bend over to pick anything up. One day I dropped a bottle of pills & I immediately found myself becoming overly frustrated. With my quadriplegic hands I picked up my Reacher and with each pill I picked up I said “thank you”. Eventually my feelings caught up to my actions and my frustration was alleviated. By the time I got to the last pill I actually was giggeling to myself.

Remember you have power over how you choose to react and even what your choose to focus on. I Challenge you to focus on the good!
Standing Tall by Shelly Kerchner book cover

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