Can Gratitude Change Your Life?

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Here in the US we’re coming up on Thanksgiving – my personal favorite holiday of the year. Why? Because it’s the only holiday that celebrates gratitude.

Many other holidays in our culture get boiled down to buying stuff (think Valentine’s Day or Christmas). Or somehow the holiday gets rolled into special sales for buying more stuff (think Labor Day and Memorial Day).

In my family, the things we buy around the time of Thanksgiving all get eaten. It’s an experiential holiday rather than it being about things. And the older I get, the more I appreciate the experiences rather than the things.

If you’re reading this, you have a whole lot to be thankful for.

Starting in April I took on a year-long project called Russ Terry’s Gratitude Mission. Every day for a whole year I’m documenting something I’m grateful for – and I can’t use the same thing twice, every day I find something unique to give thanks about.

There are about 30 of us involved in the project and we’ll each be contributing a chapter to the book at the end of the 365 day period. The book is due out in 2015.

Russ Terry is a friend and the executive producer for the Life Coaching Radio Networks where I host my twice-monthly radio show, Reclaiming Space. Russ Terry’s Gratitude Mission was inspired by Russ’s first book “My Gratitude Journal: 365 days of the people & things I’m grateful for and the lessons you can learn from them“.

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to have gratitude, even when times are tough, check out Russ’s book.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I wish you the warmest and most blessed day.

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I would encourage you to think about and acknowledge all the blessings – big and small – in your life (it can be transformative to do this every single day!!).

I’d love to hear how gratitude has changed your life in the comments below.

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