We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of
    our treasures. –Thornton Wilder

    ...Research shows that grateful people have higher reported levels of the positive states
    of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy....

    Appreciate the abundance in your life.

    Gratitude journal. Each evening list the things for which you are grateful. Start with just
    five things. You will soon see that your list is much longer than you expected. Personally, I
    have found that the best part of a Gratitude Journal is the record it creates; pages and
    pages of my personal history of abundance.

    Gratitude rock. Find a rock that feels good in your hand. Name it your
    ‘gratitude rock’, carry it with you along with your keys and wallet. The idea is
    to remember and say “Thank You” for something in your life, each time you
    touch or see the rock.... An actual rock is not necessary. My mother uses a cute
    little keychain as her gratitude rock.

    Gratitude beads. Collect a short string of unique beads, and give significance to each one.
    As you run your fingers through them, with each bead, think of one thing you are grateful
    for. If you use beads in this way, gratitude can be a bridge to meditation and peace. At
    bedtime... running my fingers over gratitude beads allows me to focus on my many wonders
    and blessings as I go to sleep.

    Wheel of gratitude. Use this tool to make a mental map of who and what you are grateful
    for in your life. Simon Perkins’ blog offers this technique as part of his mission to, “help
    everyday individuals cut through our self-imposed limitations and start enjoying life.” This
    is a compact display of all the richness in your life (and it fits neatly inside the cover of
    your Gratitude Journal).
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