Why gratitude is an under-rated practice

It’s easy to get used to things you have in life;  to overlook the things and people in our life that matter and to be weighted down by challenges, hardship, and darkness that surround us. Taking time each day to practice gratitude gives us the opportunity to appreciate what we do have even when it seems like we have so little. Gratitude allows us to live on a higher vibration.  

Recognizing what we have moves us to a higher state of being which means more energy, more passion, more joy in life and increased wellness and healing. When we are in gratitude, we are seeing the positive in life. We are committing to finding it, uncovering it, creating it, and sharing it. Living from a place of gratitude improves physical health, emotional well-being, and even our spirituality.

Gratitude connects us to feel good and positive emotions that create neurological responses that have ripple effects across all areas of our life. 

Practicing gratitude regularly has proven physical benefits.Studies have shown that one can experiencewriting 2317766 640 sleep improvements through the simple act of keeping a gratitude journal.  Writing in a gratitude journal each night leads to increased energy, decreased pain and lower blood pressure.

Regardless of all the research that exists, the only way to know something is to experience it.

I challenge you today to test out a gratitude practice for the next 30 days.

Every day in the morning when you wake up,give thanks.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Give thanks for the awakening
  • Give thanks for the breath that is always with you
  • Give thanks for the things that are continuously with you such as a functioning body (however limited it may be), even the ability to think, move, talk, walk,and see are gifts to be grateful for.
  • Find gratitude in the things that are natural and don’t require any effort- breathing, blinking, thinking.
  • Keep a gratitude journal. At night before you sleep, write in your journal – start with a list of 10 things you are grateful for on this day.

Do these practices daily for 30 days.

Notice how it makes you feel.

What impact this does this practice of gratitude have on your life?

I would like to hear about your experience of the effect of gratitude on your life.  Share and let me know.

Be well, Be Blessed




This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022