An exercise in gratitude

Posted by on November 19, 2018

An exercise in gratitude

Recently I saw the quote “what if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you said thank you for today?” Wow. Well, I got really busy counting my blessings – and not my typical lazy way (e.g., my closest friends and family) – but rather a pretty thorough inventory of the immense goodness in my life.

I’m sure I’m repeating myself, but gratitude really is the best way I know to let go of my worries or complaints, ground myself in the present, and shift my attitude. (What’s the big deal? Your attitude affects your mood, and your mood affects your thoughts, and your thoughts lead to your actions, and your actions create your reality!)

If you like exercises, here’s one to get you focused on gratitude this holiday season. What would you list if you were to write the alphabet and think of one or more things, beginning with each letter, for which you are grateful? Just to give you an example, the last time I did this, B was for “Beth, birds, books, blessings, bedtime, and beef!” All things essential and frivolous that you are grateful for can be on your list; in fact, the weirder it is, the more it will make you smile when you read it at a later date.

If you’d like even more thoughts on gratitude, here are my blogs from the last four years:

I hope you have a lot to be grateful for today. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving holiday!

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