How to Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

get motivated stay motivated therapy in a nutshell

There are tons of videos teaching tips and tricks and rah rah motivation, but in this video I’m going to teach you how your brain works so you understand the principle behind how to get motivated and how to stay motivated. You’re going to learn how dopamine- the neurotransmitter of reward and motivation works in […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment Options

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is associated with changes in the seasons. (It also has the clever acronym, SAD). Or it’s called the Winter Blues. These symptoms often start in the fall and persist into the winter. With Winter SAD people feel less energetic and more moody, with symptoms similar to […]

The Healing Power of Gratitude

gratitude therapy in a nutshell

One of the easiest ways to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Choose a regular time each day to just write down a couple things you’re grateful for. You could even use social media as a way to express gratitude. Try this little experiment right now- for 7 days post what you’re grateful for on your social media-and see how that changes how you feel.
There’s some other ways too-
Write a letter of gratitude to someone
Tell a coworker or friend something you appreciate about them
Sit in a quiet place and think about when something went well-bring to mind how it felt. Practice that feeling every day for a week. Anything you can do to strengthen that feeling of gratitude and contentment will help you foster an abundant mindset. Write it down, talk about it, re-live it, meditate on it.
A regular practice of gratitude can change your brain structure by thickening neural pathways. Hebb’s law says that “neurons that fire together, wire together.” That means that the more you practice gratitude, the better you get at it. Your brain gets better at looking for more of that and it gets easier to feel grateful and happy. So for example, if you consciously notice how beautiful the sky is, you’ll be more likely to notice the beautiful sky again and feel gratitude again. Even though the sky is always there, the focus on gratitude is like a signal to your brain to notice it.

You really can change your brain, small and simple changes like this, add up over time to rewire your brain and make you healthier and happier. So choose one way today that you’re going to start practicing gratitude- and tell me about it in the comments.