June 15, 2020
About 15 years ago, I attended a lecture by Dr Martin Seligman who is considered the father of positive psychology. He talked about a research project that his team had been working on which demonstrated a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing. It was the practice of gratitude which can be defined as thankful appreciation for the tangible or intangible things that we have in our lives.
Dr Seligman’s suggested that before you fall asleep, take a moment, review the day and be grateful for three things that that had occurred that day. You can either write these down or do it in your head. When you wake up in the morning, before getting out of bed, preview the day and be grateful for three things that will occur that day. This is a similar practice to journal writing.
My suggestion to you this week is to try this practice for the next three weeks and observe if you notice any positive difference in yourself. You may also want to express gratitude to your family, team and others who support you in myriad ways.