“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” John Henry Jowett
During a workshop, I shared with the participants the value of keeping a gratitude journal. One woman got in my face and angrily asked, “When do you expect me to give up to do that?” I calmly answered, “How about less than two minutes of sleep.”
A gratitude practice does not have to be a long, involved process. It can be as simple as writing down 3-5 things for which you are grateful. Throughout the day, verbally acknowledge people who help you, send a thank you note, and look for the good – no matter what happens during the day. Once you develop the habit of thankfulness, you’ll notice how much easier it is to find.
Start your practice where you are. If you only have two minutes, give yourself the gift of spending those two minutes in gratitude. Once you see the life-changing benefits of expressing appreciation, you’ll willingly increase the time you allot to your practice.
PS – After a gratitude journaling practice of more than ten years, I can tell you – this works!
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