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Part I of 3 Harnessing positive energy--Gratitude

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"Express gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you.

When you acknowledge the goodness in your life, you begin to recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside yourself.

In this way, gratitude helps you connect to something larger than your individual experience whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you're grateful for. Write them down if you like. Be specific and remember what each thing means to you."
www.health.harvard.edu/

Several years I kept a gratitude journal. In fact I had my high school health classes keep one, too. I read my journals sometimes (when they turn up amongst the clutter). Each year sounds glorious. But I know each of those years had really stressful things going on.

We do have lots to be thankful for. Noting some of these each day is very powerful.

Today I am very thankful for
-our 31 year old daughter who is precious to us.
-a safe place to live with good neighbors and nature right near the house.
-my relatively good health. Wish it were better but I am more healthy than some of my friends and acquaintances.
-sparkfriends who give me great ideas for moving forward.

I could complain all day about 100's of things but really those 5 things I listed add greatly to my life.

Chris

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KACAR51 7/1/2013 7:55AM

    Well said!
I post to a Gratitude thread every day! It is so important to see the good in our lives! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 6/28/2013 10:19AM

    I too have kept a Gratitude Journal in the past and especially during TOUGH times. One rule I added to my practice was to say that I could NOT REPEAT the SAME gratitude for at least 30 days - that way when really discouraged, I found I had an entire month of totally DIFFERENT things that made me smile and returned HOPE to my heart. THANKS for sharing this.

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MARATAMARA 6/28/2013 9:26AM

    Hi Chris,

Thank you for sharing.

I have been delinquent with my gratitude journal.
I am thankful , and express my prayers as such, it is a good exercise
to journal, to keep a record, if you will, as a reminder,
as you noted

It is so easy to take things and people for granted.
From the air we are able to take in, to ........our infinite blessings.

'Be thankful in all circumstances'

Blessings emoticon
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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 6/28/2013 8:37AM

  Every day I thank my Lord for my life and every area that I am blessed in and make a list of speaking out loud my blessings that I am thankful for in the name of Jesus.

Being grateful and thankful is the only way to live a joy filled and happy and peaceful life. This is what knowing Jesus has taught me.

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CHRISTASP 6/28/2013 2:20AM

    Very good reminder. Thank you.

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/27/2013 7:36PM

  It seems as if I've just heard this gratitude principle outside the church the last 5 plus years. It makes anyone feel better. Plus you enjoy your life more. emoticon

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GOSPARK45 6/27/2013 6:31PM

    I loved your blog. It does feel better to keep our minds on the positive. The bad things only make them even more precious. Thanks for reminding us.
Susie


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123ELAINE456 6/27/2013 5:54PM

  Awesome Blog. God Bless You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DEEDAYE 6/27/2013 5:43PM

    Cultivate an attitude of gratitude! emoticon

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WILDKAT781 6/27/2013 4:33PM

    wonderful blog

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SUSIEPH1 6/27/2013 4:27PM

    Great reminder Chris .. Thank you xxx emoticon emoticon

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NOSNACKER-57 6/27/2013 3:59PM

    A good reminder!!!

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STEFIGURL 6/27/2013 3:51PM

    I have long believed that gratitude is the ONLY true and useful form of prayer :-).
Thanks for sharing!

love,
stephi

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/27/2013 3:03PM

    Chris ,
OH my what a perfect day for this.. and every day is a day to be grateful you are so right my friend.
I am grateful for :
1.Recovery from Food Addiction. When the haze of that is gone.. Life is so much less stressful and clearer. I can focus on me instead of FOOD .

2.MY DH's love and support , at any weight , size or sanity level.. that man loves me no matter what.

3. My Spark Family .. they help me stay in Recovery from Food addiction every day. Through them I can see things I might have been blind to . I am given love and support each and every day I log on .

4. For moments of peace outside . So that I may focus on what really matters and let everything else go .. to be Present today .

5. For Today as this is all I have right now. .Tomorrow is never promised and yesterday is already over.. So I live today and find JOY in that.

Thanks for this blog and sharing .. it is awesome to be grateful ..
love,
Dawn

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ROCKLAND2010 6/27/2013 2:37PM

    Excellent advice. Thank you for sharing! Many times we get caught up in the stress and forget the good in our lives.
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RSHAID 6/27/2013 2:33PM

    Great blog! I've been thinking about starting a gratitude journal for a long time. Your blog has been very motivating.

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SANDRALEET 6/27/2013 2:27PM

    We have so much.More then we need.

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