3 Ways to Show Gratitude Without the Need for a Journal

When I mention the phrase ‘gratitude journal’, what comes to mind? Do you subconsciously roll your eyes and go blah?

The conversation about gratitude can often elicit this response, but it doesn’t have to. You see, the process of expressing gratitude plays an important role in helping overcome the innate negativity bias of the brain.
Why is this important? Because by being able to notice more positivity in our lives and express our gratefulness for that positivity, we start to rewire the brain for a more positive outlook. In turn, this positively impacts on our physiology and health, as well as our ability to be more open, creative, and resourceful. It’s a foundational piece of the upward spiral towards a flourishing and meaningful life.

While journalling can be a very rewarding and insightful process, it’s not the only way when it comes to showing our gratitude for something or someone. If you’ve been wanting to improve your positive outlook and increase your happiness without having to journal, then I want to share with you three alternatives to keeping a daily journal. 

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3 Fun Ways to Discover Your Values

It’s always a tricky question isn’t it. When someone asks you what it is you value? No? Well, to some of us it’s very clear, and to others, unfortunately, they haven’t taken a great deal of time to consider the answer.

Why is it important to be clear on our Value? Great question! 

Values play a critical role in our behaviours. They are a key motivating factor for how it is we act in the world, both for ourselves, and when interacting with others. Being consciously clear on what your Values are, and I mean not just one or two but your top ten, allows you to actively live a life in alignment with those values. What does that mean? Well, it means you will be able to consciously chose how to behave in a way that is true to what’s important to you. And this means easier decision making, more happiness, and a sense that you are living ‘your’ life, not someone else's.

So, if you haven’t quite had the time to reflect on what your top 10 Values might be, here are three fun ways to kick of the process…

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Successful People Don't Do It Alone

Ok, grab the red wig and crank up the karaoke machine!
You know the song. It's a classic, and I can here it now...

"Did you ever know that you're my hero?
And everything I would like to be.
I can fly higher than an eagle.
For you are the wind beneath my wings."

Alright. Let's take a deep breath and put the microphone down before we start waving candles from side to side and someone gets hurt.

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3 Keys to Navigating Change - Part 3

You are not an island

Welcome to the the 3rd and final installment of Navigating Career Change.  In Part One we delved into my insights on rediscovering Self and in Part Two I shared my views on personal growth and mindset.

I have to say, it was hard to choose a topic for this last article. There are so many places I could have taken it. But, in the end I have chosen to write about the fact that when it comes to change, it is not always about you. It's a phrase we've all heard thrown around but I wanted to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on how this plays out when we face change.

As I mentioned in part one, the origin of the change you may be facing could either be self initiated or it could have been forced upon you by external forces. Either way, it's important to acknowledge and explore the broader impact this change could/is/will have on those around you, both in your personal and professional circles.

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