3 GRAT­I­TUDE EX­ER­CISES TO BUILD BET­TER CON­NEC­TIONS

In the Moment - - Wellbeing -

GRAT­I­TUDE JAR

When­ever some­one does a kind act for you, jot it down. Keep the notes in a se­cret grat­i­tude jar. When the jar is full, present it to the per­son, let­ting them know how much they’re ap­pre­ci­ated. Pick out some key mo­ments to read aloud. They will feel in­cred­i­bly ap­pre­ci­ated and you’ll both be hap­pier in the knowl­edge that their ef­forts make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence.

TRACK­ING GRAT­I­TUDE

Set up a phys­i­cal or dig­i­tal grat­i­tude tracker with easy shared ac­cess, such as a jour­nal, a shared doc­u­ment or no­tice­board. Form a weekly rit­ual of com­ing to­gether for 15 to 20 min­utes to list as many things as pos­si­ble you have to ap­pre­ci­ate, and shar­ing why each one is im­por­tant.

SAY IT WITH A SQUEEZE!

Make an ef­fort to show how much the kind­ness, sup­port and gen­eros­ity you re­ceive means by fol­low­ing a thank you with a big hug! Hug­ging helps you to im­me­di­ately feel blissed out and less stressed as hugs trig­ger the re­lease of a ‘cud­dle chem­i­cal’ called oxy­tocin into the blood­stream. An in­crease in this hor­mone sup­ports your bond, help­ing you both to nat­u­rally feel closer, more trust­ing and all warm and fuzzy too!

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