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Cultivating and Practicing Gratitude

Today, I am grateful for.....

A powerful and simple daily practice to help us stay in the present moment, be mindful and happy is to ask and answer this question at the end of each day.  Practicing gratitude daily creates awareness and appreciation for what we do have.  It gives us perspective.

Taking it a step further... record it daily in a journal or your calendar. 

For you mobile device lovers...there are plenty of APPS for that!  Just search journal, diary in the APP store.  Here are two I recommend checking out:

Journal for Evernote

Day One


Here some other ideas and resources for practicing gratitude in your life.

Read this article Why Gratitude Makes Life Better and 40+ Ways to Get Started

In her best selling book "Simple Abundance - A Day Book of Comfort and Joy ",  Sarah Ban Breathnach  takes the reader on a daily inspirational and transformational  journey toward self-discovery and awareness weaving these 6 major themes of gratitude, simplicity, order, harmony, beauty and joy.

The Gratitude Journal is an excellent and easy way to practice daily journaling.  Just follow these simple steps to cultivating more gratitude and happiness in your life:

  • Select a journal or notebook that interests or inspires you.  Visit a book store and see what jumps out for you - discover if you prefer ruled or un-ruled, blank pages.  My personal preference is the Moleskin notebooks - the blank, unlined versions. 
  • Get a favorite pen or writing instrument.  Don't underestimate the value of a great pen! 
  • At the end of the day simply answer this question in your gratitude journal -
    Today I am grateful for.... 

What happened today that made you smile?

Who are you thankful for today?

Notice and record "Kodak" moments 

Notice and write down synchronicities 

Celebrate the small things


"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."    -Melody Beattie


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