Magic Christmas Gift

Magic Christmas Gift

December 20, 2020 5 Comments

Merry Christmas to all of you, from all of us at Mastery Horsemanship. Did you know that we appreciate you?! It's important you know how much we appreciate you. And for more than one reason. We genuinely want you to feel appreciated, and we also know what giving appreciation does to the spirit.

Did you know, that when you express gratitude, it makes your brain healthier? Science has literally shown that consciously remembering what's been given as a gift, forces your brain to be more resourceful. 

In a version of the famous marshmallow test, a group of subjects were asked to express what they are grateful for before deciding to either eat the first marshmallow or save it for a larger reward later. In that version of the test, where gratitude was expressed in any way possible, for anything at all, we learned that most people, nearly all in fact, were willing to hold off and wait for the second gift. They were able to think longer term, more resourceful thoughts, because the fear of not getting enough was abandoned, and instead, they adopted a sense of confidence that everything would be okay.

I've known for a long time now how gratitude and other modes of positive thinking effect our lives. We, as a family have made it part of our daily lives to speak and remember the good things. Not just in a effort to make our minds healthier, but in an effort to one day, hopefully, impact the world in a small way too.

Every single night of the year, before we go to bed, our family follows a simple pattern. We call it our "Magic 5." We fill in the blank to these five phrases.

  1. I    Manifest that I am...
  2. I     Accomplished these things...
  3. I'm Grateful for...
  4. I     Insist on doing better...
  5. I    Collect and remember these times I laughed... and these things I learned...

Last night, for me, it went like this:

I manifest that I am living in abundance and enjoy a pain free body. I accomplished my goal of two more pages on my book today. I am grateful for my family, my horses, my clients, my amazing opportunities. I insist on eating less sugar tomorrow. I collect and remember when my brother came screaming out of the cold water. I laughed so hard. I learned that when gratitude is expressed, in any way, it makes the brain more resourceful and more at peace.

It's your turn. Join us in a grateful holiday season. There's plenty to complain about but you can rise above it and share with us your comments of gratitude in the comment section below. It could be anything at all. It could be that you're grateful for food, underground sprinklers, the color yellow, you name it... Speak it out and comment below. Enjoy a healthier, happier life. Thank you, all of you. My readers, my students, my companions and partners. You're all amazing friends. You are a gift to us! We couldn't do life the way we do without you.

PS. after you comment below, check out some holiday gift books for people you love here. 



5 Responses

Renee Dean
Renee Dean

December 22, 2020

I manifest wonderful, good, positive, loving people surrounding me in my life
I rode my horse in the snow out in the orchard and field today
Im grateful for the roof over my head, the cloths on my back, the food at my table and all the beautiful animals and people in my life
I insist on doing better with Partner in the walk and canter
I collect and remember these words of wisdom from a dear old friend “life is what you make of it”

Thanks Don, your the best! Merry Christmas!

Tracy Soreano
Tracy Soreano

December 21, 2020

I am grateful my migraines are better, I am eating gluten and dairy free,which is new for me, I am feeling good about my health, so grateful for that! I hope I can visit you Don at one of your upcoming clinics, that is on my goal list for 2021! Merry Christmas!

Sue Fanning
Sue Fanning

December 21, 2020

High on my list of “gratefuls” is the opportunity to improve my horsemanship with all of your tips and tools you so generously share with your free newsletter and FB video. Also, I am grateful for progress, and “ah ha” moments that develop! May you and yours have a blessed Christmas and a healthy prosperous New Year!

Leslie Ferguson
Leslie Ferguson

December 21, 2020

I’m grateful for getting to ride in a clinic with you, Don, and working toward an improved relationship with my Allie. Also grateful for so many other blessings. Be well all. LF

Freddy Verleyen
Freddy Verleyen

December 21, 2020

Just to say ; to to all of you humans and animals living in the Mastership University a Merry Xmas and healthy and happy 2021.

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