Gratitude Blog

Sadly and devastatingly, my very good friend Sue has inoperable brain cancer and only has a few months to live. Watching the grace with which she is handling this is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
There have been many views on how we can use this period of physical distancing and self-isolation as a time to take stock of what was working and what wasn’t in our lives before we were suddenly hit with this huge disruption.
For those of you who have joined me for the 30-day Gratitude Practice, you would have recognised that we started each day with an answer to the question why practise gratitude?
How can you express sincere gratitude when a gift you are given is something you don’t like, if you feel it hasn’t been chosen with you in mind, or might even have been re-gifted?
I know that it’s been too long since I have written a blog. To tell you the truth, I have been caught up in that vicious cycle of giving myself a hard time about this and then not feeling inspired.
Although praise can be a way of expressing gratitude, it is important to understand some of the differences between these two constructs and how these differences might play out in our lives.
This year, I’ve had the good fortune to work on a research project investigating the outcomes of an increased focus on gratitude by educators in leadership roles in early childhood centres.
Even if we have can find the authentic place within ourselves to sincerely express our gratitude, we need to be able to put ourselves in the shoes of the person we wish to express our gratitude to.
As the year’s end is unfolding, I would like to take this opportunity to explore how we can reflect on 2020 through the lens of gratitude.

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Welcome to my blog, Gratitude in Practice. My mission is to translate gratitude research – my own and others’ – into practical strategies that are relevant to the current dilemmas and challenges we face. You will find the relevance of gratitude as we explore topics ranging from how gratitude helps us when we are busy or in difficult relationships to its role in elite sport. I hope you enjoy engaging with these ideas and if so, please share it with others or invite them to sign up to my newsletter. I would also love to hear your ideas, whether it’s a comment on a particular blog, or if you have topics/questions you would like me to write about, so please contact me here.

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