Love is a verb

Here is a timely reminder to practice gratitude in your relationship and in your life in general.  It is so easy to find what is wrong with our lives.  Our brains are hard wired to look for ‘threats’ due to our early ancestry having to watch out for predators and other threats.  However, the brain has to work harder to think of positives and it can seem like an effort.

Having practiced gratitude daily for nearly fifteen years, I know the benefits of it.  It has become an automatic response when things don’t go the way I planned, or when I experience a major problem.  It is so much easier to look at what I have learned from the experience (or can learn), to count myself luckier than many other people who experience a hard life every day and to find the ‘diamonds amongst the rough’.

I hope you enjoy reading the following article from PPND.

Three Times Two: Love is a Verb

By Angus Skinner

February 17, 2011

The three blessings nomenclature has not always served Positive Psychology well. To some people, it can seem silly. Others are put off by the religious implications. Yet this exercise has lasting benefits, more reliably attached to reducing depression than stopping smoking is attached to reducing cancer. How we behave is either down to our genes or our environment – no responsibility there of ours!

Man on phone - notice the smile!Man on phone – Notice the smile! 

It is, of course, down to all three: our genes, our environment, and what we choose to do.

Anxiety – or love – makes us move. And then effort helps us move on. Love is a verb.

My love and I are not often in the same place, and not tonight. We talked on the phone about this and that, made plans, worried about the world, and blamed everyone at work for being so stupid, as perhaps you do at the end of the work day.

Woman on Phone - Another Smile!Woman on phone, also smiling! 

And then we agreed to talk of three good things in our day before we slept. “I have had a rotten day and can’t think of three good things,” she said. Yet she did. And so did I – some inane, some important.

And so we agreed each night before we sleep, wherever we are, to talk of three good things of the day. Different things, six in all.

So we each multiply our own blessings by two. As Chris Peterson summarized, positive psychology is about other people.

You may not have a lover, but you probably have friends that who would love to have a conversation with you, particularly about something as refreshing as the good things in your life.

(Caveat: You may be cross and lonely in a marriage or relationship you cannot bear to continue. Accept help.)

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