Improve Your Emotional Intelligence: Practice Gratitude

A poem about Gratitude


Practicing gratitude is an important way to stay emotionally healthy. Doing so becomes an Emotional Fitness Training Exercise when you practice it with full awareness. How do you do that?  Many ways and most easily by taking a Calming Breath many times throughout your day.

How to take a Calming Breath:

1. Breathe in slowly to a count of five. It is helpful to tighten all your muscles beginning at your toes and moving up through your body while you breathe in. If for some reasons you do not want to tense your muscles, it still helps to imagine tensing and then releasing them

2. Hold your breath and the tension for another count of five.

3. Breathe out slowly for another count of five, and as you a breathe out slowly release the tension starting at your head and moving down to your toes.

4. Breathe normally, smile gently, and say a silent “Thank you.”

Warning: When learning Calming Breath, start when you are already relaxed. This insures stress will not interfere with its effectiveness.

Once Calming Breath calms you, start practicing gratitude when things are not to your liking. You can look for the lessons or just be grateful things are always changing.

Practice Kindness, another Emotional Fitness Training Exercise, by liking or sharing this post.

Thank you and stay strong.


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