Our Moral Compass: Living A Life of Gratitude

“Gratitude is like a love letter to your life. And you’ve got to write one each day.”

-Tamara Levitt

Have you ever written a love letter to someone else? I know I have. As we know a love letter expresses our feelings for another and is a form of showing some appreciation and gratitude for who they are as a person as well as what they mean to you. It is in my opinion a lost art form since the dawn of technology with email and texting. Now I have another question for you. Have you ever written a love letter to yourself? I’m sure more than likely the answer is no. It is funny that we will do this for others but not for ourselves especially when we need it the most. The Head of Mindfulness for Calm Tamara Levitt mentions in today’s quote that gratitude is a like a love letter to your life and that we must write one each day. Just like we have our daily routines in life, this is an important one we should prioritize in our lives.

I realize that time is always a factor but what we prioritize gets done. This is something that is essential to our own well being. On the website andthenwesaved.com Anna Newell Jones listed 34 ways we can show gratitude and instantly have a better life as a result. I’m sure that some of these on this list you are already doing while the news ones will allow you the ability to add to yours and others’ gratitude bucket:

1. Be an active listener

2. Give out compliments

3. Make eye contact

4. Give a detailed example of appreciation

5. Be thoughtful of others

6. Volunteer for unpleasant tasks

7. Give a hug

8. Just be there

9. Be gracious when challenged

10. Offer congratulations

11. Show off their gifts

12. Share their joys

13. Be patient

14. Share their praise

15. Select small, thoughtful gifts

16. Write handwritten notes of thanks

17. Handwrite ‘thinking of you letters’

18. Handwrite letters of encouragement

19. Write a love letter

20. Journal your blessings

21. Be a support system

22. Share your talents

23. Perform a random act of kindness

24. Pay it forward

25. Tip well for good service

26. Donate to charity

27. Volunteer your time

28. Host a gathering for your dearest friends

29. Help a stranger in need

30. Share your material possessions

31. Say you’re sorry

32. Visit the sick and/or elderly

33. Always say Thank You


What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?

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