Saturday, March 30, 2013

Gratitude can help you exercise more??

And, I might go so far to say, eat better too?? Talk about the Law of Attraction - I've been thinking and breathing Project Positivity and gratitude projects and this surfaces out of my old email archives from I love synchronicity!

And feel-good food... (don't miss the recipe below!)

Researchers have been investigating the mental and physical effects of gratitude practices. Check this out: A study at UC Davis randomly assigned participants into three groups. All were tasked to keep a weekly journal.

Group 1: briefly describe five things you were grateful for that had occurred in the past week.

Group 2: record five daily hassles from the previous week that displeased you.

Group 3: list five events or circumstances that affected you (not told whether to focus positive or negative).

Ten weeks later, participants in the gratitude group felt better about their lives as a whole and were a full 25% happier than the hassled group. They reported fewer health complaints, and exercised an average of 1.5 hours more.

While I can't promise miracles within your experience of Project Positivity, I do know that when we create space and give energy and attention to the things we want, they start showing up. I can assure you that every day you look through a positive lens, you will see and feel positive things. You will discover how rich and fascinating and awesome your every day life already is.

Here we go: I took a wrong turn on my way back from a hike today and this is what I got... oh yes ;)

After a day of Project Positivity outreach and excitement, I made myself this afternoon power snack... whips up in just a few minutes!

Spiced Chocolate Dip + Apples

1/2 avocado
2 soft dates (I had soaked mine)
2 Tbsp raw cacao
lots of shaking of the cinnamon shaker (1 tsp?)

about 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
sprinkle cayenne
1/2 tsp maca (optional)
splashes (maybe 1/2 cup or more) fresh almond milk ... added and blended until it reached the consistency I liked.

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