Let Your Heart Shine!

“Appreciation can make a day. Even change a life.
Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”

~Margaret Cousins

Take a moment and think about the last time you expressed your appreciation to someone…



Who was it?

What did you say?

What was the response?

What were the physical sensations you noticed?

Expressing gratitude is a courageous act of vulnerability. In the moment of sharing appreciation, we open up and reveal a piece of our tender heart and our authentic selves shine through.

When we take the risk, a rich, vibrant, human connection is made – even if the moment is fleeting. What a gift!

In the week ahead, practice random acts of gratitude! Each day, look someone in the eye, express your appreciation and feel your heart shine.

Gratitude: It Takes Practice

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”
~Melodie Beattie

What are you grateful for today?

Sometimes it is as simple as that – taking a moment to notice. I have a gratitude journal that sits by my bed collecting dust most days because I forget that gratitude takes practice.

When I take the time to simply notice what I am grateful for and write it down, I become aware of the fullness of life. My attitude shifts. I am able to let go of the thoughts and habits that artificially stir up trouble. I feel more centered, more grounded which means when I bump into a real problem, I am able to respond with more grace and a sense of humor.

Today I renewed my commitment to a simple practice of gratitude. I started the day by writing down 3 things for which I am grateful and I am committed to do this simple practice for 40 days. Hopefully by then it will become a daily habit!

What simple practice of gratitude will you do?