There's a bunch of ways to achieve the same result. I for one stand for "something is more than nothing."
Therefore, if you are engaged in another gratitude practice that you enjoy - that is way better than nothing!
If you want to get the most out of your practice, here's how to do it.
Most gratitude practices are not super effective in shifting your neural activity and chemistry or your body circuitry towards enhanced activity of the PFC (remember Episode 378 Your Brain on Gratitude and how gratitude is linked to your PFC and how you set the context of a situation).
The most effective gratitude is receiving! That's right it has NOTHING to do with you and everything to do with someone else initiating the gratitude process by giving you something you find valuable and the intention is pure.
There is a study of coworkers where one coworker gave a kind letter to another. The study showed that those who received the notes showed more brain activity than those that gave the note.
This is a VERY potent form of shifting someone's neurology!
But we can't always sit around and wait for someone else to give you a letter, text or words of gratitude! There are ways to recreate this experience by yourself. Tune in the rest of this month to find out how.