We are very grateful. At the beginning of November we created a shared online gratitude journal—such a great use of Facebook! In this open event, 21 Days of Gratitude, one hundred people shared their daily gratitudes. Some shared little things like gratitude for coffee or a full night’s sleep, others shared really big things such as gratitude for learning how to endure terrible loss. It was a wonderful journey together – and one we hope you will continue on your own and with friends and family.
Science tells us that gratitude improves your health and even changes your brain – creating new neurological pathways (the yogis call it Sadhana – when you overcome your Samskaras, habitual negative emotions). Science also says that gratitude increases mental strength and resilience…gotta love science.
Here are 6 ways to keep your gratitude going strong (from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/12/28/6-ways-to-cultivate-gratitude/ with our additions) :
1. Keep a gratitude journal.  We started this here together online, but please take it up on your own. Keep a small notebook in your pocket or on your night stand. Each day (or as often as you can) write the date and the things for which you are grateful (date it so that you can recall the feeling more clearly and enjoy it again). Start small. “This simple gratitude exercise can increase your energy, and relieve pain and fatigue.”
2. Use the right words. Sticks and stones can break your bones…words, too. Words can and do change your brain. “A single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” Positive words, such as “peace” and “love,” can alter the expression of genes, strengthening areas in our frontal lobes and promoting the brain’s cognitive functioning.”
3. Remember. La gratitude est la mémoire du coeur. “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” The mere exercise of remembering those who have helped you on your way can cultivate gratitude in your life.
4. Write thank-you letters. Send emails, sure. But write something by hand on paper. As you write, hold an image of your letter’s recipient in your mind. Upon receipt of the letter, he will hold an image of you in his mind as he reads. It is a very sweet connection, indeed.
5. Hang with happy people. It is contagious.
6. Give back. It’s the perfect time.
And of course if you feel a need to share your gratitudes will all of us, please do. Drop a note on our Facebook page, or stop by the studio.
And thank you.

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