TGIF - Let’s be Positive!

TGIF - Let’s be Positive!

Science shows that practicing Gratitude--listing things you're thankful for--and just being generally positive about what you have, can have a real impact on your mood. 


"Everybody is familiar with the feeling that things are not as they should be. That you are not successful enough, your relationships not satisfying enough. That you don’t have the things you crave. In the last two decades, researchers have been starting to investigate how we can counteract these impulses."

It turns out one of the easiest and most effective ways of actually altering your mood is to regularly practice gratitude. You may also know this as "counting your blessings". Basically, just write down some of the things you have, that you're grateful for. 

Maybe you were lucky enough to get a PS5, or maybe you just had a really good cup of coffee. Perhaps you had a great talk with an old friend, or the sunset was particularly pretty, or you happen to have the best dog or cat in the whole wide world.

Whatever it is that you're grateful for, list them out! Let's spend a bit of time practicing gratitude together today.

Your prompts (optional):

  • What happened this week?
  • What happened that was good
  • What can you be grateful for today?
  • What is something you might normally take for granted, that would be sad if it was gone?

If you're interested in practicing gratitude on your own, more regularly, kurzgezagt has a fantastic journal that I highly recommend.

You can also see more about their journal and the research on the YouTube video they made about it:

From The Chatty
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    November 20, 2020 8:03 AM

    Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for another mlev positivity thread!! I made this into a cortex article to include more information, but let’s talk about what we’re grateful for. :) What happened this week? What happened that was good? What can you be grateful for today? What is something you might normally take for granted that you’d be sad if it was gone? <3

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      November 20, 2020 8:09 AM

      I’ve had one heck of a week. I find myself unreasonably frustrated by things like “not being able to get a PlayStation”, so I’ve been trying to look around at all the good in my life.

      I work for a great company that gave me parental leave and I was able to just be home with my family and my new gorgeous baby girl.

      Our pup KD has been GREAT with the new baby, which was a bit of a worry, so that’s wonderful as well.

      I’m about to sit down with a cup of coffee and play some of the new Hyrule Warriors, so that’s good as well.

      Also, Rhythm of War came out and my signed copy came in!

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      November 20, 2020 8:14 AM


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        November 20, 2020 8:27 AM

        Oh man. Hopefully it’s all going to work well! Feel free to send it my way if you need additional testing. ;)

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      November 20, 2020 8:46 AM

      I took today off, I'm grateful for that :)

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        November 20, 2020 8:47 AM

        Any plans for PTO? Or just relaxing?

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          November 20, 2020 9:21 AM

          I have an interview on Monday, so I'm going to spend about half the day prepping for that. I'll just relax the other half, maybe go for a run.

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            November 20, 2020 9:50 AM

            Job interview?? Good luck!

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              November 20, 2020 10:10 AM

              Yup, job interview. Thanks, I'm going to need it!

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      November 20, 2020 11:18 AM

      Randomly bumped into my old roommate at a park!

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      November 20, 2020 12:01 PM

      I just got hired for production design on the next horror film. Shoots in March in West Virginia and rumour has it Bill Moseley from 3 From Hell is starring in it.

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      November 20, 2020 12:02 PM


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        November 20, 2020 12:26 PM

        Nice! What did you get? I just got a Jarvis recently and am thinking of chair upgrades.

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      November 20, 2020 6:40 PM

      Evening bump—what are y’all thankful for today?

      It’s almost thanksgiving!

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