GRATITUDE REALLY IS GREAT

GRATITUDE REALLY IS THE MAGIC ELIXER

"I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude."Brene Brown

GRATITUDE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO:

Make you happier

Have health benefits

Help you sleep better

Make you more resilient

Improve relationships

Promote forgiveness

Reduce anxiety and depression

Even make you a nicer person!

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TRY SOME OF tHESE GRATITUDE EXERCISES TO MAKE GRATITUDE PART OF YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE

KEEP A COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS JOURNAL

It's the obvious one, but it works - tried and true.  Regularly writing brief reflections on moments which we are thankful for can increase well being and satisfaction.

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GRATITUDE TURN AROUND

Next time something disappointing shows up in your life that apparently sucks, try the gratitude turn around.  My friends Matt and Delphine, some of the happiest people I know have a particular knack at doing this.

DIRECT SHOT OF GRATITUDE

Try this - write an email to someone who you have always been grateful for, but never truly thanked for it.  If you really, really want to get a boost, WRITE the letter and HAND DELIVER IT!

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GET A GRATITUDE BUDDY

"Expressing gratitude is a natural state of being and reminds us that we are all connected." Valerie Elster

Make a pact with a friend to call or text them something you are grateful for every day. Report in at lunch, first thing in the morning or just before you go to sleep.

CREATIVE GRATITUDE

Get creative. Draw/photograph/sketch/paint things you feel grateful for. I play a game that I call unexpected gratitude where I photograph things that nature has made to look like other things - like a heart shape on a watermelon or a smiley face in a sea shell. I believe it is God winking at me.

 

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GRATITUDE JAR

Put a jar on the counter - if you can find one that is clear, even better. Then, every day write something you are grateful for and put it in the jar. If you are feeling crabby, go ahead and take a couple out and read them. Like a fortune cookie.

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