See the bright side and be grateful!

This week, I found it so interesting to discover that laughing can burn calories! It’s seems too good to be true but laughing for just 15 minutes a day burns enough calories to shift up to 5lbs of fat over a year. It’s such a lovely way to lose weight that I read on to see what other positive effects, being up-beat and happy can have on our mind-set.

There has been a lot of evidence that being thankful and showing gratitude can be very good for our health, which caught my attention. A quote that I read in the Huffington Post explains the concept perfectly and I think that it’s something that we can all try to do more.

Gratitude changes the brain, it makes us happier and it in fact allows us to be happier. But gratitude changes more than brain chemistry — it changes everything. It makes us better, it makes us kinder, it makes us happier, it makes us whole.

Oprah Winfrey has completed a gratitude Journal since 1996 and says that it has helped her keep to focus and keep a note of her happiness as she has amassed more wealth and success.

“I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots”. Oprah

This was her list in 1996:

1. A run around Florida’s Fisher Island with a slight breeze that kept me cool. 
2. Eating cold melon on a bench in the sun. 
3 . A long & hilarious chat with Gayle about her blind date with Mr. Potato Head.
4. Sorbet in a cone, so sweet that I literally licked my finger. 
5. Maya Angelou calling to read me a new poem. 

This weekend, I’m going to go out and buy a gorgeous notebook and start my own gratitude journal and focus on all of the wonderful positives in my life. I’m going to simply jot down 5 things every day – I urge you to do the same or share yours with me. I’d love to hear them.

Have a fabulous week,

Jane

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