How Dax Shepard Went From Mocking This Practice to Doing It Every Day

Dax Shepard is one of those celebrities who are open about pretty much anything and everything. Over the years, he has talked about his family, his wife, and of course, his battle with addiction. It’s this honesty that makes him so likable and so refreshing in a world full of actors. 

Like his wife, Kristen Bell, Shepard’s not afraid to admit when he gets things wrong. Recently, during an episode of his podcast, Armchair Expert, the actor realized just how much his views on a certain practice have changed and how he went from mocking it to completely embracing it.

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Dax Shepard’s New Year’s Resolution is a modern spin on an old classic

Raise your hand if you made a New Year’s resolution this year. No matter how much we fail or how unrealistic a goal may be, every year, millions of people around the world resolve to change one thing (OK, maybe more). Whether you’re unhappy with your weight, want to get more organized, or just want to be happier, New Year’s resolutions can force us to take a close look at the things we want to change (and in some cases, actually take action).

During a recent episode of Armchair Expert, Shepard sat down with his The Ranch co-star, Ashton Kutcher and talked about one thing he resolved to do more of this year. His resolution — “Love everywhere I’m at.” He explained his resolution saying, “I’m gonna f*cking be there anyways — f*cking love it.” He says this simple resolution has changed the way he thinks about even the smallest things, recalling a recent car ride where he realized he was in the car, with no kids, and hey, these seats are comfortable. 

The actor says this simple idea went from being something he mocked, to something that works

As the conversation continued, the Parenthood star told Kutcher that he felt a need to write his resolution down, on a chalkboard or on a mirror. It was at this point that it dawned on him that he had gone full-circle and is now practicing daily affirmations when at one point in his life he remembers mocking this same practice on Saturday Night Live. He joked, “You’re good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.”

Dax Shepard is not the only famous face who believes in the power of gratitude

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Thinking back over the past decade is a bit of a whirlwind. It’s not easy to take stock of all the ups and downs that go into a single week, let alone more than 500 of them. Ten years ago at this time, our girls were sixth and third graders. Our family hadn’t been in the White House for even a year yet, and Bo was still pretty much a puppy. And though I felt that our family had adjusted well into a wild new reality, I was still a little uncertain about what all the spotlights and pressure would do to us. So looking back, what I’m most filled with is gratitude. A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years. I’ve been so lucky to meet so many of you, to hear your stories, and to work together with you on issues that are near and dear to all of our hearts. We’ve got a lot to be proud of. But as I often say, we should be careful not to focus only on our statistics—our biggest accomplishments and best moments—you know, the kinds of things most of us share on social media. Those are important, but we should also be sure to relish the fullness of our stories. That includes the tough moments we persevered through, the messiness that spurred us to make a swerve, and the memories that are still a little bit tender. Though they’re difficult, those moments can be some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. What we often see as a weakness or a failure is often a strength—or a turning point to something better. So today, I’m thankful for all of those moments over the past decade that helped me get to where I am. I’m thankful for the worries and the anxieties, the failures and false starts. And most of all, I’m thankful that after all of it, we came out whole. Now on the other side of this decade, Bo’s got a trusty sidekick named Sunny. We’ve settled into new routines after two terms in the White House. And although the girls are gone away at college now, we’re all back together for the holidays—right where we belong. #DecadeInReview

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The conversation about gratitude came up after Kutcher revealed his own daily practice. The actor told his co-star that he has his own little door in his house (in the bathroom) where he can write down his thoughts or ideas. His current mantra — practice appreciation. He says the toilet is where he gets a lot of his ideas and just seeing that phrase “practice appreciation,” starts his day in a better mood. 

When it comes to other celebrities who practice gratitude, former first lady Michelle Obama also talked about how thankful she is for what she has earlier this year. In a January Instagram post, Obama wrote, reflecting on the past decade, that gratitude is the feeling that best sums up how she feels about where she is today, saying, “A decade like this one was never a part of my plan—not even close. But I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities, the relationships, and the growth I’ve experienced over these years.”

Friends star Jennifer Aniston also practices gratitude. In a 2017 interview with People Magazine, Aniston revealed that morning meditation and journaling are important to her daily happiness, saying, “I try to write down a gratitude list every morning as well, it always gives you a thankful shift. I’m just grateful for all of it.”

At a time where so much is uncertain, gratitude can shift your perspective. When you look at things from a different point of view and appreciate what you have you’re more likely to find happiness. Just take a minute and consider what makes you grateful.