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The Attitude of Gratitude

The word gratitude is a synonym for thankfulness, which means to be conscious of a benefit received. In the past, Thanksgiving was the only official day for giving thanks, packed with a traditional celebration that would end up invariably with a food overdose.

The Thanksgiving holiday still happens once a year, food included, but slowly, giving thanks has become a daily practice. I can't say precisely how it happened (I believe Oriental cultures, especially through the practice of Yoga, introduced the habit of giving thanks in America, but I'm not sure. If you know something about it, shoot me an email, and I'll update the blog) but it's nowadays so common that many of us have journals specifically for that. 

The impact of giving thanks is so clear that different medical institutions started studying and recommending it. I like to say the attitude of gratitude because it means that creating space for the habit of giving thanks is a conscious decision, a position you assume in your life.  

For me is a powerful weapon on those days that can turn grey, which happens to everybody from time to time. But if I stop and count only three good things I have in my life, it's enough to change the course of my day.

A few examples of what I'm grateful for are: the gift of life, my dad, my mom, and my sister, my close friends, good health, my education, my generation (that inspired me to have a career and be independent), delicious and healthy food, the brave women who came before me, my home, my comfortable bed, water, hot and cold, safety, freedom, in every sense, internet, books, access to health care, the ability to learn, creativity, rainbows, bursts of inspiration, music and all arts, laughter, sunsets, love, in all forms, kindness, air conditioning and heating… it's impossible to exhaust this list!

 How about you? What are you grateful for?

 Happy Thanksgiving!