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Clear day on South Puget Sound, WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Waking with gratitude on South Puget Sound, WA. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

We’re sometimes asked how to start a gratitude practice, and we have a simple, two-word reply: Wake up!

Don’t leap out of bed.  Feel your body edging from sleepy to alert.

Think of one thing for which you’re most grateful.  Breathe deeply and think only about this one thing; embrace it, in gratitude.

Carry this with you through the whole day, no matter how irritating, frustrating, or depressing everything else seems.

Make it a moment of calm, no matter how harried you feel.  Return to that one reason for gratitude, and think about it whenever you need to slooooooooow.

Seize on it when you can be still.  Think about why this one thing, this one person perhaps, makes you grateful in the moment, in this moment.

Just be in the moment, in gratitude.

Waking with gratitude is the start of a gratitude practice that you can build for life.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius, one of the ‘good’ Roman emperors (b:121 AD)