10 Ways to Support Your Resilience by Savoring the Good

10 Ways to Support Your Resilience by Savoring the Good

“If you keep resting your mind on good events and conditions, pleasant feelings, the things you do get done, physical pleasure, and your good intentions and qualities, then over time your brain will take a different shape, one with strength and resilience hardwired into it, as well as a realistically optimistic outlook, a positive mood and a sense of worth.”  Rick Hanson

At some point this week if you can, take the time to:

  1. Notice what went well 
  2. Savor supportive, or positive interactions, events or outcomes
  3. Appreciate and be grateful for what you have, even if it is something very basic or simple (like a beautiful plant, tree or view on your morning walk)
  4. Savor the taste of the food or drink you are imbibing
  5. Notice the good intentions and motives that underpin your actions 
  6. Catch-up with good friends or family members and talk about your good memories (For example; my niece went on an African safari recently; it is such a joy to hear her experiences of seeing the animals!!)
  7. Notice what you accomplished today and savor the good feelings that result
  8. Share your positive feelings with others, don’t just keep them to yourself
  9. Capture the positive moments that occur as mental snapshots
  10. Get absorbed in the moment because when you slow down, the present moment is usually something to be savored

Remember these events for 10 seconds or more so that you can lock them into your memory and increase the number of positive thoughts you can turn to. 

The benefits of carrying out these activities include:

  • Increased feelings and thoughts of well-being
  • Putting your thoughts on an upward trajectory (versus heading on a downward spiral where unhealthy choices are made such as drinking alcohol or filling your head with negative self-talk)
  • Experiencing a gratitude-filled life 
  • Developing your can do muscles and increasing your confidence
  • Improved performance in work and life
  • Increasing your positive social interactions
  • Decreasing your negative thinking, which allows for more positivity
  • Improved decision making

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