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  1. Rose

    I love to come to your website because I always leave so inspired. You obviously care about the pain sufferers that you write about and are not in it for the money. I really feel that there’s a lot of heart in your writing. This post is in line with much of the positiveness that you bring to those that might be feeling stressed out and think that no one is listening to them. How wonderful that you shown people how they can empower themselves to overcome stress just by learning the power of gratitude. Nice job, and very nice selection of music.

    • Hi Rose,
      I’m humbled by your words. It’s readers like you that give me the drive to keep writing. I’m so glad that you liked “Bridge Over Trouble Water” by simon and Garfunkel. It’s one of my favorite tunes. I think it’s one of those songs that’s timeless. Thanks for checking in again.

  2. Amanda

    What an amazing post. The intro video alone is masterful. It reinforces the message and makes the reader want more. fortunately, you do have more. The rest of the post does a wonderful job making us understand why we need to develop an “attitude of gratitude” in order to improve our satisfaction with life. The next time I feel sorry for myself, I’ll remember your post and be grateful for all the good things in my life. Thanks for this great post.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the intro video. I had a lot of fun making it. Don’t be so hard on yourself, Amanda. I think we have all had times in our lives when we have felt sorry for ourselves. Sometimes when we are in a dark place and overwhelmed by stress it’s hard to think of anything that we should be grateful for. That said, Once you are in a mind to embrace gratitude, you are well on the path to change your future outcome for the better.

  3. Todd

    This is a fun and timely post.You’re so right about how embracing the power of gratitude can be a life altering event experience for the better. Thank you so much for this needed message. Also, nice videos and selection of songs. I especially like “Bridge Over Trouble Water” by simon and Garfunkel. Overall, very nice post.

    • Hello Todd,
      I am so glad you found the post useful. I also really like “Bridge Over Trouble Water”. I think the song is as powerful today as when it first came out. It’s a beautiful display of the power of gratitude because we gain both when we receive and when we give.

  4. Courtney

    Wow! This post really made me think of all the things that I take for granted. I am so grateful, being in the mental health profession, that I don’t have to use alcohol, smoking or junk food to reduce my stress. Instead I have a wonderful husband who is always ready to listen and give me a needed hug. Oh yeah, a blast of good Rock n’ Roll never hurts.

    • Yes, Courtney. There’s nothing like a hug from a loved one and good old Rock n’ Roll to take away your stress. Here is to more hugs and more Rock n’ Roll in the world. Thanks for checking in.

  5. Steve

    This is a very insightful post, especially for people who work in a very stressful field like medicine. If you’re having a bad day, the best thing to do is pay someone a compliment. Showing kindness to others can do wonders for a physician’s own satisfaction. This is what I found out from my family who consist of 2 doctors. I’m going to to tell my family about this post. Excellent job.

  6. Meredith

    This is a great post that reminds all of us the importance of being thankful not just for ThanksGiving, but all year around. When you practice gratitude, you naturally search for kindness, love, and goodness throughout the day so that you’ll have something new in mind to be grateful for when bedtime rolls around. It’s no coincidence that people who practice gratitude are more compassionate, less materialistic, and more satisfied with life. I am grateful for this uplifting post. Keep up the good work. I ‘ll make sure to stop at your website more often. Cheers!

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, Meredith. I will try my best to live up to your expectations. Yes, I would love it if you’d come back and share your thoughts. After all, this website is for readers such as you. Thanks for checking in.

  7. Courtney

    Very cool and helpful post. I think if you don’t start with cultivating and living in gratitude, I think it’s very hard not to be overwhelmed by the crises that we’re facing today. Gratitude can provide a kind of grounding and strength that we can then use to go out and do what we can to address some of these important issues. In other words, gratitude is empowering and makes you better able to cope with life’s challenges so that you thrive even when things are not ideal. Excellent post. Oh yeah, love those videos.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more Courtney when you talk about how gratitude can provide grounding and strength that will help us find solutions to our problems. Living in gratitude also gives us a healthy perspective to go on when things are not ideal. Instead of focusing on what we don’t have we can be grateful for what we do have. Thanks so much for checking in.

  8. Carol

    Great post. How about laughter? I always find humor a great way to deal with stress. I’m very grateful for all my funny friends, and my funny baby sister. Yap, she’s a riot.

    • Hi Carol,
      It was only because of lack of space that I didn’t cover laughter as a good hack to relieve stress. You are of course right in noting that laughter has always been a good stress buster. Thanks so much for checking in.

  9. Katherine

    Thanks so much for putting things in perspective. I used to be annoyed at the sound of my crying baby because sometimes the little darling makes it hard to get some sleep. Oh, Yeah, she’s a whiner. But there are so many people are unable to have their own babies that really I should feel nothing but gratitude. Deep down I do, but thanks for reminding me of what precious blessings I have.

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