It's said that when you are feeling grateful that it's impossible to feel sad, angry or depressed. Did you know, our brains are always either planting flowers or growing weeds. It takes a conscious effort to think positive good feeling thoughts. After all, our reptilian brain is always trying to protect us by pointing out all the dangers in order to keep us alive. Using gratitude is a way to put yourself right in the NOW and be thankful for all the things you DO have and communicate to our bodies we are safe in this moment. So it's not surprising the practice of gratitude has also been shown to reduce your stress response, allowing for optimal cortisol levels. Gratitude journaling is a great practice to add to your daily routine, it's easy, simply write down 3-5 things you are grateful for that day. Give it a try today!