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Gratitude. It’s a funny word, isn’t it?

Being thankful used to make me cringe because I thought of it as an obligatory handwritten note or a required childhood greeting following birthdays and holidays and immediately after, “Hello.”

But as I grew older, the words, “thank you,” and “gratitude” had a lot more meaning. You could say a powerful one at that.

When I started to record what I was grateful for on any given day or send a note or even just an email to those who I was thankful for, it had a surprising effect. More than just ridding myself of childhood guilty from the expected etiquette of please and thank you, it changed the way I perceived the world and my role in it.

It meant that the difficulties in my life had a purpose. It meant the world was a lot more hopeful than it sometimes seemed. And that there were always an abundance of things to be grateful for, even on days that weren’t so easy to get through.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I hope you’ll join me in expressing thanks to those you love and for the people and things you often take for granted. I know being grateful for you (all you fabulous readers & bloggers out there!) is something that’s on my list! What’s on yours?

It’s the Obsession, Silly!

(An Epidemic of Addiction) – There are lots of misconceptions about the differences between dependence and addiction. The differences are clarified here as well as the impact that removing an addict’s obsession has on the person’s character.

Seeking the Sacred: Rev Dr. Stephanie Dowrick on Spirituality and Therapy

(The Therapist Within) – A real hard look at the difference between religion and spirituality and how both play a part in therapy. Therapists-this post is for you!

5 Steps to Gratitude: Hafiz

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Speaking of gratitude, are you ready to start practicing it? Here’s a post that’ll get you on the road to appreciating those you love (pets included) in your life.

Beauty & Body Image: How Are You Different?

(Weightless) – Thank you Margarita for helping us find beauty in our differences! It’s definitely a must read for this holiday season and all seasons.

Joy of Uncertainty

(360° of Mindful Living) – Dealing with uncertainty right now? Let’s all learn how to embrace and enjoy uncertainty from a German shepherd named Sherpa.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 23 Nov 2010
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2010). Best of Our Blogs: November 23, 2010. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 18, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/11/23/best-of-our-blogs-november-23-2010/

 

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