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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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“Your joy is divine & so is your suffering. There’s so much to be learned from both,” Wayne Dyer.

To hold both sides of a difficult problem before us, choosing to look at the opposing aspect of suffering that is joy, often seems impossible. We usually see only one side, just like we do the head or tail of a coin. During our ruminations, we forget that there are two sides to a situation, plus the part in the middle, and the edges that make up the whole.

Write about one of your biggest conundrums that you see from only one angle. This time, examine it as if it had more body, like a whole coin, with all of its properties before you. Explore what comes up as you take on this viewpoint. Then write for a couple of minutes about how changing your perspective helped you think more fluidly.

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