Gratitude Journal? Not for the Faint Hearted

Robert Emmons, in his book “Thanks”, defines gratitude as an affirmation of goodness. Goodness in the world and in the gifts and benefits we’ve received. This recognition is then followed by a reflection on the source of this goodness, be it in others or in the blessing of higher power. Acknowledging and valuing sources of 'Goodness' benefit health physically, emotionally and socially. Practicing gratitude, however, takes courage as it requires crediting others, letting go and accepting the less palatable aspects of life. If we open ourselves to life's bounties and learnings, nourishing sources of 'Goodness' can be found anywhere, from the mundane, to the sublime or even the timeless.

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