The Gratitude Game. Neil Pasricha is an expert on happiness, and “Rose, Rose, Thorn, Bud” is one of his hacks. Whether you’ve heard of it before or not - now might be the perfect time to brush off this simple game and give it a whirl.
I first heard Neil’s idea on a podcast interview with him a few years ago. My family and I have been “playing” it at dinner for over 4 weeks now. It’s quite wonderful. My 8 and 10-year-old prompt us to play if I don’t. You choose one person to go first. Each “Rose” is a highlight of their day or something they are grateful for. They explain one “Rose”. Then a second one. They then explain their “Thorn”: Something that didn’t go so well. That disappointed them. Or that they regret. They finish with their “Bud”: A little something they are looking forward to. Maybe tomorrow or further on down the road.
The premise of the game is that people who take a moment to focus on and document things they are grateful for are far happier and physically healthier than those who don’t. The beauty of Neil’s take is it’s practical and well rounded: It doesn’t require a journal. It encourages daily acknowledgement of what we are grateful for. Mathematically it provides two times more gratitude than regret. And the regret piece is vital: it is humbling, a wonderful growth opportunity, and hearing what the people you love regretted in their day can be powerfully insightful. It encourages empathy. And sometimes the regret takes the form of an apology. “I regret that I was so impatient with you this morning.” The bud – for me – is the best part. What could be better than ending the game, the meal, or the day with a little hope.
Inspiration of the Day
“There is nothing more satisfying than being loved for who you are and nothing more painful than being loved for who you are not but pretending to be.” ― Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
Classes of the Day
Today is going to be a great day because we’ve got THREE classes for you to join!
Mobility & Stability with Adriana
Join Adriana for your morning pick-me-up! This class will focus on moving through a full range of motion and develop your full body control, flexibility, and usable range.
Recommended equipment: yoga block or pillow
Join Adriana at 7:30am (45 minutes) from your own living room.
Cycling with James
Get an amazing cardiovascular workout on an indoor bike. The class will simulate an outdoor ride, including a mix of intervals and hills.
Recommended equipment: bike trainer
Join James at 11:00am (45 minutes) from your own living room.
Rip it Up with Gavin
This class will challenge you to your max! Come out and perform the prescribed workout for the day. This class utilizes all your skills, from coordination to endurance and strength. No equipment necessary, you’ll just need your body weight!
Recommended equipment: a chair and extra set of running shoes for floor markers (DBs can also work!)
Join Gavin today at 12:00pm (35 minutes) from your own living room.
Weekly Class Schedule
To get the links, meeting IDs, and passwords for our virtual classes, click here to view the weekly schedule.
To learn more about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren directly.
Trainer Moves of the Day
Another easy sub-10-minute workout! Grab two paint cans (equally filled), a band or some tubing, and set yourself up by your staircase. I take a little extra time cueing the first round (can’t help myself). But once you’ve got the moves, you could fly through 3 or 4 sets of this in 10 minutes.
For questions about today’s Trainer Moves you can connect directly with Meg here.
Bite of the Day
You may recall on Monday that I was using leftover rhubarb to make my smoothie. The original inspiration for pulling the red/green vegetables from my garden? Cake. Really easy and really, really good. I didn’t have sour cream so substituted Greek yogurt. There was also ¼ pint of raspberries sitting in the fridge. So, I threw those in too.
Get this delicious recipe here.
Do you have a “Something of the Day” you’d like us to share?! Email Meg!