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gratitiude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it."
– William Arthur Ward
The holiday season is the
most wonderful time of the year to give gifts.
What gift can you give that is personal, appreciated and rare?
It is the gift of Gratitude, my friend. The recognition
and thankfulness expressed to the teacher, doctor, mother, brother or whoever
made a different in our life.
The very thought of them
warms our heart and prompts us to take action with a phone call, plans to meet
or a written note of appreciation.
Before we can say,
"Cindy-Lou Who" our brain flashes a message, "later, you are too busy now."
Then…times passes and when
we are next reminded of this person, the thought is now accompanied by a twinge
So, why do we put off the
gift of gratitude? It’s not because our
hearts are "two sizes too small". It’s
because we have to act within five seconds of an idea and take an action step that
commits us to follow through or the idea drifts away like smoke from a blown
Happy chemicals flood your
brain in response to the genuine heart-felt anticipation of sharing your gift
of gratitude. You anticipate their smile
and imagine the benefits from this new outcome and a big ole’ grin appears on
Your heart will feel like it
grew three sizes because the gift of gratitude can be wrapped up with a hug,
which a store-bought present can never match. I call it Chocolate for the Brain™ because
chocolate is the feel-good stuff of childhood birthday parties and adult delights
like decadent desserts or romantic surprises.
First choose who are you
going to surprise, imagine how it will make each of you feel, take the first
small action step and your gift of gratitude will honor both the recipient and
YOU, my friend!
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