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Pursuing a Passionate Life

Gratitude, Pure and Simple February 23, 2010

If you had asked me what role Gratitude would play in my life years ago I would likely have been stumped by the question. I don’t think I would have been able to imagine the powerful impact that it has on me. And though I likely would have been able to tell you what things in my life I was grateful for, I don’t know if I would have recognized its importance in the real and daily way that I have now grown accustomed to. As it turns out gratitude is one of my Top Five – VIA Signature Strengths, though I don’t know if it would have always ranked there. It is more than a feeling – it is a state of mind, an orientation toward the world and it is essential to helping me keep my life on the track I want to be on.

Life is not perfect, not even close but all the same when I take stock of my life, I have a lot to be grateful for. I think there is a tendency when things are hard for folks to focus on all of the various challenges, obstacles and disappointments that make up their lives. Sometimes the upsides can recede into the background, and unintentionally end up going unnoticed. But if we train ourselves to look for the positive after a while it becomes a self-perpetuating process.

A simple way to do this is to keep a “Gratitude Journal”. Just find a little pad or notebook in which each day you jot down “three things you are grateful for”. They don’t have to be momentous, they can be small observances. You can do it in the morning before you start your day, at night before you retire or throughout the day as you notice things. It may not sound like a big move – but you’d be surprised what a powerful impact it can have.

Putting your mind and heart in a place of gratitude is an incredibly healing experience. It quiets the mind, refreshes the soul and inspires the spirit. Go ahead, give it a try, there’s no downside here…

Most gratefully yours…

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