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Keep A Gratitude Journal

Posted October 21, 2006

Q. How can I be grateful when things are so bad? -- R.G., Delray Beach

A. An unknown writer once said:

There is a choice you have to make, in everything you do.

And you must always keep in mind, the choice you make, makes you.


The spiritual practice of gratitude has been called a state of mind and a way of life. It links us to the divine and to every other part of the creation.

To feel more gratitude, practice saying "Thank you" for happy and challenging experiences. Count your blessings. Express your appreciation to everyone you encounter.

Keep a gratitude journal and force yourself to record five things each day you are grateful for: the sunshine, the rain, the good food you eat and the friends you have. Choose to do this and you will feel more gratitude immediately.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life," author Melodie Beattie says. "It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."

Religions and philosophies have long embraced gratitude as an indispensable manifestation of virtue, and an integral component of health, wholeness and well-being.

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