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In this week’s episode I address the questions: Can a gratitude practice really become a habit? and Can it be as easy as brushing your teeth?
The answer is absolutely! Especially if you follow the habit loop system (Cue - Routine - Reward) first described in the book, The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Also have a peek at his book for interesting historical snippets such as how the habit of daily teeth brushing came to be in the 1900s in the United States. Very interesting from a public health perspective and marketing perspective as it relates to the toothpaste Pepsodent.
So, to make gratitude a habit, let’s apply the Cue, Routine, Reward Habit Loop System:
Cue - When you first open your eyes in the morning or when you realize you are awake
Routine - Think of or say out loud something that you are grateful for (cozy warm bed, comfy pillow, good night’ sleep)
Reward - Sit with the feeling, notice how it focuses your mind on the positive, how it makes you feel more awake, happier and maybe even lighter in your body as you step down on the floor. And notice how it opens your awareness to more gratitude as you move through your day!
Try it for the month of October and notice when it becomes a habit. I promise you that it will change your day and quite possibly your life.
With Love and Hugs,
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