A lesson I have learned is that by being grateful for the small things I do, or the small things that happen to me, my life gets better. This lesson is now backed by science. Researchers in the field of positive psychology are proving that gratitude heals. [Check out the work of Robert A. Emmons, PhD, if you’re as interested in the science as I am.]
You can apply the benefits of gratitude to your weight loss efforts. Each day take a few moments to reflect on what you are grateful for as it relates to your weight loss. Here are five ways to get started:
- Be grateful to the local markets for the fresh healthy foods it sells.
- Be grateful to yourself for each action you take that supports your weight loss, for example, meditating every day for 5 minutes.
- Be grateful for the knowledge you glean about your relationship with food by reading blogs, books and other sources of information.
- Be grateful for your body’s Inner Wisdom and its desire to be healthy.
- Be grateful that you can lose weight, even if the weight loss is slower than you desire.
What can you be grateful for?