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Now that Christmas and Hanukkah are over and the dust is beginning to settle, I thought I’d take some time to reflect on how it went. 

Buying presents for my wife can be hard, stressful even, but I think I did a pretty good job this year. 

A while back, she mentioned to me that she was trying to incorporate more gratitude into her life. It sounded like a great idea, but I didn’t really know how to help her. At the time, somehow combining this into a Christmas present wasn’t even on my radar.

A few weeks passed and I serendipitously met Russ Terry, a New York-area life coach. Russ spent a year chronicling the things he was grateful for in life, took everything he learned, and incorporated it into a book titled My Gratitude Journal. What struck me about Russ’s book was how he was able to find gratitude in the most seemingly ordinary of situations, finding appreciation for all of the blessings surrounding his life.   

Boom. One Christmas present in the bag. Thank you, Russ Terry.

I’m glad I am able to help my wife incorporate more gratitude into her life this coming year. Over the last few days, she has made faithful entries in her journal and already I can sense a shift in her energy. So this morning, I was compelled to buy a notebook and start my own gratitude journal. I am excited to chronicle what’s important in my life, reflect on it, and try to live life more deliberately.  That’s the cool thing about life- each day is a new opportunity to get better at it.

I challenge you to join me and incorporate more gratitude into your life this year. Whether it’s once a day or once a week, just write it down and see how it affects you over the next year-as a friend, partner, co-worker, business owner, or as a leader. Who knows what can happen?

So, yeah. I kinda nailed it with the gratitude journal idea this year. And I didn’t even tell you about the Star Wars-themed Vans I bought her…