I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself — Oprah Winfrey

Each of us has an innumerable amount of blessings. If you’re reading this, you’re on a smartphone or on a computer and electricity was needed in order to turn it on. We each got to sleep in a comfortable bed and our access to clean water is as simple as turning on the tap. Bigger than those things, there’s an entire miracle of life that is happening inside of your body. Thousands of processes are occurring that we all take for granted: cells forming, respiration occurring, blood moving through your body, and many others.

We get it, there are so many other triggers in our lives, sometimes it feels really difficult to focus on appreciating the little things, but at PULSE House, it’s something that is core to our experience. A 2018 Harvard University study on “The Science of Gratitude” found that: A gratitude practice trains the brain to be more in tune with experiencing gratitude—a positive plus a positive, equal more positives.

For this reason, in class we will frequently ask you to turn to your neighbor and say “I appreciate you”, this simple exchange is a foundational element in making yourself and those around you feel grateful and it begins an exponential increase in the positive energy in the room. This in turn translates to better performance in class, higher engagement in your personal life and greater desire to succeed in your goals.

We invite you this week to show appreciation for yourself, your life and the people who support you. In the studio, we challenge you to tell your neighbor you appreciate them before one of the coaches asks you to. Outside of the studio, we challenge you to think of one thing that you appreciate. Make a point to mentally lock in on it before you get out of bed in the morning. We know it will change the way you tackle your day, because what you appreciate, appreciates!

Shafer Minnick