Latayne’s Corner: The Magic Formula

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Latayne’s Corner: The Magic Formula

by Latayne C. Scott

Can’t sleep? Overwhelmed with stress? Feeling depressed?

What if scientists could give you a single set of words that you could say to completely change your life? Could literally rewire your brain and make life easier?

You’ve probably already heard that new studies show that being grateful can make an enormous difference in your wellbeing. But taking gratitude a step further, more than just thankful thoughts, can make a measurable difference.

Here are some strategies that have been proven effective in research studies:

1) Write down what you’re grateful for every day. Researchers say those who keep a gratitude journal sleep better and wake up more refreshed.

2) Tell somebody you are grateful they are in your life.

3) Look at yourself in the mirror and say something you did well yesterday.

Want to ramp it up a level even higher? Ramp up those neural pathways with praising God. He loves to hear gratitude!

Want it to change your kid? First, let them hear you being thankful. When something goes well, say how grateful you are to God. When something goes not so well, say out loud that you know God will help you, and you’re thankful for that.

Kids don't just take instructions from us, they imitate us. Let your words be the model for rewiring their brains!

About the Author

Latayne C. Scott is author of over 25 published books and thousands of magazine articles and blog posts. She is co-author with Dr. Beth Robinson of Protecting Your Child from Predators: How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger (Bethany, 2019) and an upcoming book about how to talk to teens about sex (also to be published by Bethany.) Robinson and Scott blog at

Her latest books are What Will Be Made Plain: An Amish Ghost Story (TSU Press, 2019), A Conspiracy of Breath (TSU Press, 2017), The Parables of Jesus (TSU Press, 2017), and as a contributor to Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds (Kregel, 2017).

Connect with Latayne at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

You can read “Latayne’s Corner” on the 4th Friday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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