We tend to think of gratitude as a way to go about life as something that was invented by Oprah, but it was definitely a concept that was alive in the ancient world. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls,” said Aesop.

When I’m working with clients about how to get more of what they want out of their lives, we always begin with “gratitudes and celebrations.” It’s a great barometer of where someone is, how easily they can engage with this and how able they are to celebrate and appreciate both everyday things and things most others won’t, like having gone through a tough time that taught you a lot or showed you how many friends you really do have.

We also look at Do, Be and Have. It’s fine to want to have things or experiences, but wanting those works best when balanced with Do and Be. Nice post — always good to be reminded of these things!

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Dispelling cultural myths with research-driven stories. My favorite word is “specious.” Not fragile like a flower; fragile like a bomb! Twitter @ElleBeau

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