5 ‘superfoods’ for a strong, healthy soul
Since our PM turned the spotlight on fighting diabetes during the 2017 NDP Rally, mainstream media has bombarded us with what exercises to do, what superfoods to eat (and avoid!), what devices to buy to keep track of said exercises and calories… when, really, they could have just asked for our previous posts!
Yet, so often overlooked are the thoughts that nourish our minds. As much as we’ve covered some superfoods for the body in past entries, we will focus on the flaxseeds and avocados that nourish our inner being. Here are 5 of our favourite “superfoods for the soul”:
1. Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In 2007, Robert Emmons began researching gratitude on a psychological level. He found that expressing gratitude improves mental, physical and relational well-being, and positively impacts the overall experience of happiness. And these effects tend to be long-lasting.
Simple tips to nourish yourself with gratitude:
Our thoughts have great power to shape our brains and positive thinking has the power to transform our lives. When we cultivate our “gratitude mindset”, we can shift from complaining to contentment. So… what are you grateful for today?
2. Forgive: stop feeling angry or resentful towards (someone) for an offence, flaw, or mistake. It is easy to forgive someone who unintentionally bumped into you or took your order by mistake. But how do we forgive someone who hurts us on purpose? Especially if there’s no admittance of guilt or expression of remorse. When this happens, it can be difficult to forgive. In these instances, try accepting what that person has done and the harm (if any) done to you. Acceptance is an important 1st step to forgiveness and can help you find the peace that you need.
Simple tips in acceptance/forgiving:
3. Laugh: Make the spontaneous sounds and movements of the face and body that are the instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also of derision. Laughter is indeed the best medicine- so how exactly does it benefit us?
4. Give: Freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone). When a couple (Mark and Ismini) from Orangeburg, New York, tied the knot in 2010, they decided to dedicate “50 Acts of Giving Back” to Ismini’s late father. Across the U.S. they have brought comfort to the sick and dying, given books to schoolchildren, helped invalids and the elderly do their grocery shopping, and even assisted in camps for the disabled. There are enormous benefits in the spirit of giving and here are just 5 of them:
5. Love (yourself): An intense feeling of deep affection. Love is something we choose, the same way we choose to be sad, happy or angry. And love stems from understanding and appreciating the good (best) parts of any given thing. Loving yourself therefore requires you to be able to engage in an honest reflection on a daily basis: to to celebrate the good parts, improve on the not-so-good, and avoid the bad! In so doing, you will develop a deeper respect for yourself! Try out these 5 steps:
In good hands,
Jim Dincalci “How to Forgive When You Can’t: The Breakthrough Guide to Free Your Heart & Mind”
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