Gratitude is good for your brain!
In helping groups stop burnout and get re-energized, I realized that those who practice gratitude are often way ahead of the game. There are obvious reasons–they’re not complaining, they’re proactive, and gratitude is infectious and draws others in. But I’ve read a number of articles recently that indicate that those who are grateful have huge advantages. Here are a few: less likely to get sick, better citizens, not suffering from burnout, sleep better, and much less likely to be depressed. One author suggests gratitude is a muscle–something you can build and strengthen. So even if you don’t think your brain is going to thank you for this, give it a try. End each day listing at least three things you’re grateful for. Like tulips!