Positive Reflection is a key focus within Growing With Gratitude.

Do you get frustrated around Christmas?

At and around Christmas time you may get frustrated with your children, partner, family members, the busy carparks, the bustle in the shops… When we put things in perspective are these things that frustrate you really that bad?

A great activity to try is this:

In a day some great things happen and not so great. As humans what do we tend to focus on?

It’s fair to say, quite often the negative. It’s also important to not that there’s nothing wrong with being sad, mad, angry, frustrated, etc. It is part of being a human and there is nothing wrong with that. However, it’s also good to know what to do when the negative emotions hit.

And the great news? Science suggests you can train your brain to focus on the good things.

One way to do this is to spend 2 minutes just before bed reflecting on something good. It’s important to write in detail about the positive experience.

By making this exercise a daily practice (particularly around Christmas), what you could find is that you’ll start to focus on the positives and see the positives in certain situations during your day. Meaning your thinking will speed up and you will be able to reframe the situation much quicker than perhaps previously. This is called emotional regulation. One of the most powerful skills you can possess.

This is also a great exercise to introduce to your family. The earlier young people learn the skill of positive reflection the better off they’ll be.

The exercise is definitely worth a try 🙂