Prac­tice grat­i­tude in the new year

Orlando Sentinel - - OPINION - By John Evans

Bam, just like that: It’s a new decade.

What to change? What should we im­prove upon? Last question. Got grat­i­tude?

Self-aware­ness, as numer­ous stud­ies in­di­cate, is a hall­mark for suc­cess in just about any cat­e­gory you deem ap­pro­pri­ate.

If that’s the case, I have just one last question for you dur­ing this sea­son of new year glee. How self-aware are you of your ca­pac­i­ties for grat­i­tude? How would you rate your­self?

This is an ex­is­ten­tially hu­mon­gous word, grat­i­tude. At light speed, it heals any af­flic­tion or ail­ment you ex­pe­ri­ence or can imag­ine. It pre­dom­i­nates as a virtue, mean­ing you sim­ply can­not have too much of it. You can be too nice; think door­mat. You can be too thought­ful; think ac­tion de­fi­ciency. You sim­ply can­not have, or act upon, too much grat­i­tude. He who has the most, wins.

So if this is the case, how to make more? Can you drum it up, on de­mand?

Yes, em­phat­i­cally.

And here are three sug­ges­tions for you in 2020 to do just, cat­alyze sup­ply of the world’s most pow­er­ful, mean­ing­ful and use­ful elixir.

First, turn off your “smartphone” for sig­nif­i­cant swaths of time. Busy-ness from the de­vices stymies grat­i­tude man­u­fac­tur­ing. We must get off the al­tar of the ur­gent, and on to the al­tar of what’s im­por­tant, for 2020. Grat­i­tude is im­por­tant.

Next, vig­or­ous ex­er­cise is crit­i­cal for a mean­ing­ful, grat­i­tude-cen­tered ex­is­tence. We are de­signed for ac­tion, of the “all in” va­ri­ety. Get it on, ir­re­spec­tive of the ex­er­cise.

Lastly, prac­tice grat­i­tude with jour­nal­ing. Pen and paper. Try it for 30 days, same time each day. Your G Mus­cle will for­tify over the month, sculpt­ing you as a per­son of greater joy. You will be­come light for oth­ers.

Bam, let’s get started … I sure am grate­ful for my read­ers, am off to Full Cir­cle Yoga WP, with phone turned

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