Sunday, January 1, 2012

Tip #1: Feel Gratitude

I am thankful for being here today. I am thankful for being able to write a blog. I am thankful that you are reading it (Hey! Thanks! You're the best!). Not only I am thankful, but I feel gratitude for all those things inside my heart. That gratitude, when I focus on it, fills me with a special joy.

This is my Tip #1 because I think it needs to be #1. Before you can have a healthier and happier life you need to be thankful and you need to feel the joy of thankfulness. I need to be reminded of it every day.

I believe this is a skill and can be learned like any other skill. Here's a very useful article from the New York Times which talks about the research that has been done about feeling gratitude. The results are quite impressive and, more importantly, the article also tells us how to increase our gratitude with some simple steps.

And here is a quote that I found in the website that summarizes what I feel:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.
-Melodie Beattie
Do you have any tips to feel more grateful? Let us know!


  1. I live a grateful life one day at a time. I try not to look at life in yesterdays or tomorrows. That way I get to enjoy the plethera of miracles that arrive throughout the day. While in treatment, and now, I am especially grateful for my two cancer diagnosis. They enabled me to be aware of what is simple and important. I no longer "sweat the small stuff!". And "It's all small stuff!"

  2. Linda, I absolutely love what you wrote and I agree with all of it. I also feel I have to be grateful even for my two cancer diagnosis as well, just for those same reasons. Thank you for adding so much wisdom! :)

  3. I am thankful for discovering your two blogs: this one on wellbeing and the other on technology and language aquisition. They are full of inspiration, wisdom and laughter. Great work! Thank you for sharing!