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This fifty-eighth episode is an excellent way to sustain your own personal heart-practices. We also hope it will be a supportive tool for you to offer to your clients, patients and colleagues.
Gratitude is an amplifier of heart energy and one of the quickest ways to offset stress and lift our mood. With the overwhelming stress so many people are experiencing, gratitude and appreciation count more than ever right now. The greater our capacity for genuine gratitude and appreciation, the deeper the connection to our heart – which is where intuitive guidance, inspiration and new possibilities emerge.
In this episode, Jacqueline Way, founder of 365give, a nonprofit inspired by her discovery of the power of gratitude, joins Deborah Rozman to talk about "Change the World 1 Give, 1 Day at a Time." An adoptive mother of three, Jacqueline shares her inspiring story about how waking up to the power of gratitude moved her to do a yearlong experiment with her young son to give something back to the world every day for an entire year.
Jacqueline and Deborah discuss how gratitude and appreciation aren’t just nice gestures, but are powerful emotions that activate the brain’s reward pathways, feel-good hormones and endorphins that can greatly improve our outlook on life. They also share how scientists have been studying the "Helper’s High" that comes from giving gratitude. When we do something authentic and meaningful for others, it opens our heart and provides us with uplift, spirit renewal and health benefits.
The HeartMath research lab also discovered that when we sincerely feel gratitude or appreciation for family, friends, nature, or the convenient things in life, a profound change occurs in our heart rhythms. They become more synchronized and coherent, which increases mental clarity, resilience and well-being needed for discernment and better choices, especially in today’s stressful environment.
Jacqueline and Deborah provide simple suggestions on how each of us can amplify gratitude and appreciation in our own lives to quickly uplift our thoughts, feelings and outlook.
The episode closes with beautiful heart meditation to amplify gratitude and appreciation to see new possibilities.