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How Gratitude Practice Makes You Happier

"It is not happiness that makes us grateful; it’s gratefulness that makes us happy.” - David Steindl-Rast All of us would love to live happier lives. It is a common desire that binds us together - the search for more joyful living. Often this search is what brings us to a spiritual path, committing to our daily spiritual practices and investing in a life of more peace, more joy, more love, more kindness, more connection to our highest self and to the Divine. And when we feel better, the people around us feel better too. In study after study in positive psychology research, it is shown that in our quest for more joy in our lives, the practice of gratitude is a powerhouse. As you know, I view

Peace and Gratitude in a Hurricane

Lessons come to us when we most need to learn them, often in surprising ways. I learned a few things recently from one of my favorite teachers - Mother Nature. Let’s rewind a few weeks, and you’ll find me praying for angelic help and a little extra time to meet my deadline and put the finishing touches on the forthcoming Every Day Spirit Gratitude Journal. (Which I can't wait to tell you about soon!) Meanwhile, Hurricane Dorian was an enormous, swirling mass of destruction taking aim at the barrier island that I call home - with the power to flatten the place. So imagine a busy me, when, with almost no warning, everything outside my house needs to come inside (picture a living room with porc

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