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Personal resilience, Day 20 – 27th of March 2020


There is new research from the Indiana University that practicing gratitude is such a powerful happiness booster.  Not only that, but the effects extend beyond the act of showing gratitude.  Other studies show gratitude increases willpower, helps keep you calm, and can even boost your morale.

The research shows that the more you practice feeling and expressing gratitude the more your brain adapts to this mindset.  You could even think of your brain as having a sort of gratitude ‘muscle’ that can be exercised and strengthened.  The more of an effort you make to feel gratitude one day, the more the feeling will come to you spontaneously in the future.

The great news is that practicing gratitude is easy.  All it requires is creating a new habit by writing down 3 things that you are grateful for today.  A new habit is created when you do this over an extended period recommended to be a minimum of 21 days.

You can start this right now.  What 3 things are you grateful for?  Write these down in a notebook.


If any of these emails or exercises have affected you and you feel you would like to speak to someone, support is available through RSABI.  You can call them on 0300 111 4166.  Their helpline is open from 7am to 11pm all year.

These resources have been developed by Kim Walker of Advance Consultancy for the Farm Advisory Service.

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