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“Music & rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul,” Plato.

 

All of us have our favorite music. We will choose songs to listen to that will either calm us or energize us when we want to center or need a lift. But often we don’t take the time to really hear the music and let it soak into our hearts and minds. This is such a wonderful practice to be in the moment and sense how the actual sounds affect us.

So sit down and listen to a half-hour of your favorite melodies and really follow the notes, the rhythms, and the feelings that this evokes in you. Then write about being immersed in this experience and how your senses were awakened.

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“Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness,”Dennis Prager.

One of the most important concepts that many of the psychologists are bringing to the discussion about happiness is how to keep connected to our inner resources of gratitude. Happiness is not about amassing more possessions and accomplishments. Though having more clothes, nicer homes, and better jobs can play a big part of our cultural norms for happiness; they are not the answers to our inner joy. Happiness can be as easy to find as enjoying an evening with your girlfriends cooking a pot of spaghetti.

So turn your focus on one source of happiness, your sense of appreciation for what makes you shine from within. Highlight something that is a bedrock in your life that gives you a true sense of purpose and passion–without which your life would be less fulfilled. For me, this is about supporting others as they find their innate sense of creativity and joy. So, now it’s your turn. Write about what really fires you up and ignites your inner sense of gratitude for life!

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