Thank you. Using your Traveler’s Notebook for Gratitude

I have firmly believed for many years that gratitude is the pathway to happiness, joy and living life to itfullest.  I practice gratitude multiple times a day….not just in the evening when my day is ending.  I have a 23 year old BMW and every time I get in it, I thank it for every mile it takes me.  I thank my feet as I walk anywhere.  I appreciate my eyes, as bad as they are getting, that I have sight.  I appreciate the view of the mountains from my office window.  I really appreciate when I can go through three green lights in heavy traffic.  I appreciate my children when any of them take time from their busy schedules to call me, text me, email me or come see me…because they are thinking of me.  I could go on and on and on about how much I have in gratitude-clipart-tree_of_love_with_heart_shaped_leaves_0071-0906-1321-2835_SMUlife to be thankful for…none of it having to do with monetary riches or amassing possessions but of the simple stuff that our lives are built on.

Life moves pretty fast these days.  Everyone is in a huge hurry to get somewhere, get something done, eat fast, talk fast, communicate faster…5G phones anyone?  In the race to amass and succeed, slow down, slow down and think about the stuff that your life is made of.  Start trying to make mental notes throughout your day of things, moments, people that you are grateful for and say a silent thank you.  At the end of your day, pick up your Traveler’s Notebook and write down in it, three things you are grateful for that happened during your day.  They do not need to be spectacular at all.  Yesterday my three things were an email with my son, dinner with my sister, and the good laugh I had yesterday at work with my co-worker.  I can promise you, the more you find to be grateful for in your life, the more joyful, amazing and richer your life will become.

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