Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” —Melody Beattie

It seems like too often we feel dissatisfied with our lives. We’re not wealthy enough, thin enough, pretty enough…we don’t live in the ‘right’ neighborhood, drive the ‘right’ car or dress in the ‘right’ clothes.

I believe the easiest way to feel HAPPIER and satisfied with our lives is to STOP COMPARING what we have to everyone else, and to simply be GRATEFUL for what we do have.

Gratitude is easy when life is going well and the tide turns in our favor. But it gets a little trickier when life throws us a curveball, which it inevitably will.

That’s why it’s important that we make gratitude a daily discipline, not something we focus on the 4th Thursday of November. We need to ingrain it in our brain as a way to view the world – because there are plenty of companies sending marketing messages that we need more, newer, better – and we’re not going to be happy without them!

And if we’re practicing gratitude regularly, when those storms do come, we’ll weather them much easier with gratitude on our side.

Research has proven that focusing on the good things in life can make you happier. This month when we’re focused on thanks, each night, I encourage you to make a list of 3 to 5 things you’re thankful for. And take the time to write them down, not just think about them. There is power in the written word….

May your Thanksgiving Holiday be filled with much for which to be grateful!