What does gratitude have to do with losing weight?
Taking time to acknowledge the positivity in your life so that you’re not always thinking negatively can have a profound effect on your overall well-being. I grew up with a critical mother and that was my role modeling. So I became critical. What I learned eventually is that when I have critical thoughts, that negativity is residing inside me. This idea resonates with many people.
So what I have learned about having an attitude of gratitude is that when I have a positive attitude I am happier and so are the people around me.
Thinking about gratitude also helps with weight loss because when you experience a setback, such as a plateau or even a temporary gain, you can get frustrated and give up. Instead, if you think about gratitude for what you have already accomplished you can maintain a longer term perspective.
To take the practice one step further, writing down what you are grateful for can have an even more profound impact. Research shows that people who journal their gratitude move more than those who don’t. This one act can improve body image & self esteem which helps you keep the weight off.
The best thing about gratitude is that it takes only 5 minutes per day.
So the next time you are feeling frustrated with your weight loss journey, take five minutes to stop and think about the positivity in your life and you will change your mind.
Shawn Achor, social scientist, researcher, and author of The Happiness Advantage says that the practice of gratitude over time can literally change your brain chemistry.
San Francisco-based Janice Litvin is available for keynotes and wellness programs. Besides being a Weight Watcher Leader, she also helps companies strategize how their wellness programs can be more engaging. Find Janice at www.JaniceLitvin.com or Janice@JaniceLitvin.com. Her book, Working Well: Innovations in Workplace Wellness is due out by December, 2018.