How a Gratitude Journal Helped me Overcome Day-to-Day Suffering

The plane suddenly dropped like a roller coaster. I grabbed my arm rest and clenched tight. Then I laughed out loud. The lady next to me gave me a “what are you laughing at crazy guy” look. I laughed because what good will it do to hold on to my armrest if we crash? It won't help one bit. The ...

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The Missing Piece to Your Meditation Practice

I opened my eyes. I felt uneasy. My meditation practice was exhausting. I wanted it to help, but it only made me feel worse. That was a few years ago. Now my meditation practice is actually enjoyable. At first, I was just doing what books had taught me. Focus on my breath and when a thought comes into my head ...

Aha Moments from the Community

I was stuck at the doctor's office. Just sitting in the same chair. I had my phone, so I could jot down notes or read a few articles, but for some reason I was feeling anxious. I didn't feel like waiting. That's when I put down my phone and just listed all the interesting things around me. The fish tank ...

Microgratitude

I could feel it. I gave him soft eyes. My eyes just relaxed and subtly creased into a smile. It was a strange feeling to recognize. I hadn't really thought about this concept of microgratitude before until I was watching a nature show about microorganisms and how quickly they can adapt to their surroundings. When you show gratitude for someone, ...

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How to Cope with the Loss of Your Father

“Tell me another one,” my dad asked. He loved a good joke. Most of them weren't that good, but he didn't care. When my father was in the hospital I would tell him a joke of the day each morning. I would call him on my way to work then tell him the joke when I arrived in the parking ...

Gratitude Quiz

I stood at the sink washing dishes. I was lucky to be there. My youngest son was dancing with a neighborhood friend and my oldest son was building a fort. My wife was out grocery shopping and I was cleaning up the kitchen. I was just happy to be in this moment. It took me so long to get here ...

How to Build a Gratitude Habit with Your Kids

They were tired. They were hungry. They wanted to sit down. We had a busy day and we were just trying to get back to the car, but my two boys wanted to drag out the process and whine the whole way. I snapped, “Look around. This zoo is beautiful. If you’re complaining, you aren’t enjoying!” This made my oldest ...

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The Best Ways to Start and Stick with a Gratitude Journal

I’m waiting for a price check on strawberries. Doesn’t the checkout girl know how much strawberries cost? I yell in my own head. Standing in the slow check out lane sucks the life out of me. I try my hardest to be grateful, but I can’t seem to find the right perspective today. I just want to be heading out ...

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Ho Hum

This is a story from the book Bring Gratitude. I wanted to share it because I feel like I'm having deja vu today. I wanted to turn my sour mood around and this is a perfect story to share with you. It was a bleak day. Rainy. Regular. Everything felt ho hum. Very normal. The travel bug grabbed me and ...

Spreading Ashes

With my wife, my mom, and my brother, I headed into the woods behind my childhood home. We were there to spread my father’s ashes. My father’s death changed me. I lost a best friend and my number one supporter. He believed I could be a great writer when everyone else rolled their eyes at me. I will always remember ...