Personal Improvement – Gratitude: I am Thankful

For those of you in the USA, I would like to wish you a belated Happy Thanksgiving. We celebrated it last week with a quiet day at home, spending time with family and adding final touches to the Christmas display so we could turn it on Thanksgiving Night.



I am going to assume that a combination of it being Thanksgiving in the US and some smart marketing by  @ajjacobs for his new book “Thanks a Thousand – A Gratitude Journey” that made the topic of  gratitude continue to appear in my media consumption. From a podcast of Jacobs talking about his inspiration to write his latest book to memes on Facebook, both expressing gratitude and admonishing for expressing gratitude one day, then scrambling for doodads on Black Friday the next.


It got me thinking about how if you truly embrace the idea of gratitude, it helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Where @ajjacobs takes it to the extreme to thank everyone involved in his getting a single cup of coffee in the morning, you don’t have to be that exhaustive.

Be thankful for what you have. Or don’t have. But also remember to not use that as an excuse to stop pursuing your goals.


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What am I grateful for?

  • My Family. Without my family, I would not be who I am or where I am today. Specifically, my wife. She inspired me to strive to be greater. She inspired me.
  • My career. I have learned many things that have allowed me to grow outside of my job.
  • My health. Yes, I have medical issues, but I am luckier than a lot of people. As a benchmark, as morbid as it is, I have lived longer than my father and plan to live longer than my mother and grandparents did.
  • My friends. They make me laugh and encourage me.


What are you grateful for?


Please comment here on the blog about what you are grateful for. I would  like to know.


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