Gratitude, Exercise, and Goals for the Day

Gratitude, Exercise, and Goals for the Day

By: Erin Nielson

Many people ask me for my best anti-aging tips and are often surprised when I tell them that Gratitude is one of my top tips. When we are grateful and focus on the good things in our life we are generally happier and less stressed out.

We all know by now that chronic stress is harmful to our bodies and skin and can make us look much older. So with gratefulness comes happiness, less stress, less free radical damage and therefore younger looking skin.

For many years I have performed a 30-minute morning ritual that goes like this:

10 minute Short Burst workout

10 Minute prayer and reflection of what I’m grateful for

10 Minute goal setting for the day

This has helped me stay happy, healthy, and motivated even through some very difficult times in my life. I know how helpful this can be – so when I saw a story on the TODAY show last week that talked about a very similar routine, I knew I had to share it with you.

Doctors out of the University of Wisconsin for Investigating Healthy Minds came up with a great way to practice gratefulness by remembering the numbers 5, 3, and 1.

5 – Stands for practicing 5 minutes of prayer or meditation per day

3- Stands for writing down three things you are grateful for each day

1- Stands for performing one act of Random Kindness per day.

Their study found a much greater sense of happiness for individuals that performed these acts each day. They found that it helps people focus on the positive things in there life rather than the negative, reduces stress, improves well being and mood – and therefore is a wonderful anti-aging strategy too!

I really like the idea of writing down what I’m grateful for each day. In the past I simply only “thought about” what I was grateful for. Somehow writing it down really enhances the whole experience and it is also nice to look back on as time goes by.

To help even further I would add the #10.

10 stands for at least 10 minutes of short burst exercise each day. 🙂

As we all know by now, short burst exercise increases HGH which is a youth boosting, mood elevating, and fat burning hormone.

So my revised #’s to remember are 10-5-3-1 for your best health and happiness with the added bonus of beautiful skin.


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