From Gratitude Comes Great Well-being

by Dena-Lynn

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Most of us, at one time or another, have faced some sort of overwhelming challenge. Whether it be in business, relationships, or health – some challenges can take us for a loop, places where we don’t want to go… if we allow. We’re human – even the most seemingly, perfectly grounded person – struggles at times.

GratitudeIf you’ve been severely challenged or are presently worrying and stressing over a difficult situation – try showing a bit of thanks – gratitude – for all that IS working right in your life. And, build from there. Gratitude is powerful.

Did you know that next to immunodepressants, gratitude heals organ transplant patients fastest?

The Mississippi University for Women found out in a study that patients who kept a gratitude journal scored better in mental health tests than those who didn’t, even when they started off at the same level of mental health. They generally healed faster, had more vitality and were happier.

It doesn’t stop there – those who are unwell are not the only people who benefit from an attitude of gratitude. The debate continues as to whether material well-being and happiness makes a person grateful or whether it is the other way around. Tests were done where participants were all of the same income level, their lives were more or less the same in terms of satisfaction and happiness and their mental health was at par.

Some were asked to keep a gratitude journal and others were asked to go on living as usual. After 2 months, the people who kept gratitude journals showed significant leaps in happiness and well-being. They said they were much more energetic and felt that they got what they wanted. They felt that they travelled towards their goals faster.

What is the connection between gratitude and well being?

There’s really no single explanation, but there’s agreement on one thing: the more grateful you are, the more positive you feel about life and about yourself, and the more you achieve.

Gratitude helps you see all things in their perspective. In the past, when you’ve felt grateful for something or someone – did you see how suddenly that thing’s or person’s value swelled and became even more meaningful to you?

If you wake up and immediately give thanks for a great, blue sky, you’ll notice that the day seems much richer. If you give thanks for your spouse, your brain has a way of picking it up and making you see even better things about them and this makes you feel happier. Happiness leads to well-being.

Gratitude also makes you focus on the things that you’re grateful for and you therefore attract more. It’s the old law of attraction, which holds that what you think about grows. If you’re grateful for strong, fulfilling relationships, they tend to grow and therefore you’ll be happier. If you’re grateful for a strong business, it will grow and you’ll feel more fulfilled.

Does it really matter why gratitude leads to well-being?

You now know that it does, so why not start to practice it. How would you gain from being able to put your challenges in perspective, faster? I was able to start making positive moves to create the outcome that I preferred. Yes, it required a time commitment. In fact, as a busy woman, fitting “gratitude time” into my day was very difficult at first.  But, I found the time because it was that important.

I discovered that if I wanted to do it, I had to set aside a time for nothing else but “gratitude time” and my journal had to be in a place where I couldn’t ignore it. After awhile it became my habit – the first thing I do before I get out of bed.

I think about and write down what I am grateful for. The more grateful I am, the more I have to be grateful for – the better I feel and the more productive I am throughout my day. What a powerful way to start your day!!

I encourage you to make a gratitude journal. Plan it in such a way that it’s in your path everyday and you can’t ignore it. You’ll find that after days, even just hours of your first journaling, your perspective will be different and you will have given yourself more time to go forward and focus on what matters most.

To Your Wellness,

P.S. So what do you think? Have you experienced the benefits of practicing gratitude in your life? Please leave a comment to let me know. And, if you enjoyed this post and think that your friends will too, please share on Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and any other network that you use.

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Vicki Berry

Hi Dena!

This is such an awesome post! I’ve always known how powerful gratitude is, and express it daily. I have seen how it might be the best tool for recovery from any emotional damage, and as you have illustrated, from the physical aspects as well!

These are great examples that you’ve provided here. I have written a few posts and done a few presentations on the importance of emotional health to physical wellness, and gratitude is one of those positive emotions that if you practice enough, will so benefit your life!

Thanks again for sharing such an awesome post!

Wishing You Brilliant Success!
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Dena-Lynn

Thanks Vicki 🙂 The power of gratitude is amazing! I’d love to read your posts on gratitude… I think that it’s such an important mindset element that I love to consistently reinforce its importance. Thanks for sharing that – hope to see you again soon.
Dena

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Coach Freddie

Hi Dena,
My first time here… One of the easy tool to use is Gratitude.
Rhonda Byrne, Producer of The Secret says: “Gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to transform your life. Your life will change to the degree that you use gratitude and begin to feel grateful.”
I’m glad I dropped by…

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Coach Freddie,
I’m glad that you dropped by too 🙂 I love it that gratitude is such an accessible tool that we can use at will to make a large positive impact in our lives. Thanks for sharing your thoughts… hope to see you again!
Dena

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Val Wilcox

Dena,
A gratitude journal is an awesome way to empower your life. Giving thanks for what you have, no matter how small, will increase your vibrations. This will open up the channel to the Universe, which is waiting to provide you with more of what you desire. This keeps negative thoughts away so you don’t focus on them.

What you focus on expands, so why not expand the good things in your life!
Val 🙂
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Dena-Lynn

Absolutely, Val… why not expand all of the good things? Gratitude is one incredibly easy way to open yourself up to receive. Thanks for your comment – I’m with you 100%
Dena

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Denise

Hi Dena,

I love this post because it’s a great reminder to us of what can happen in our lives if we practice this one simple thing each day. And the good thing is there is an unlimited amount of things for which we can be grateful.

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Denise! You’re so right – there is no limit, the seemingly smallest details are worthy of thanks. Thanks!! I’m glad that you dropped by…
Dena

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Jennifer May

Hey Dena! What a beautiful and inspiring post! I truly loved how you pointed out the facts and tests that PROVE that the attitude of gratitude is what will bring in more to be grateful for!

I truly enjoyed and was empowered but this wonderful post… thank you for sharing! 🙂
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Jen,
I’m so glad that you enjoyed my post 🙂 My attitude of gratitude and all of its benefits has such personal meaning – I love to be in a position to inspire others to enjoy those benefits as well… Thanks for your reinforcement 🙂
Dena

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Oliver Tausend

Hi Dena,

very powerful post about the power of gratitude. Thank you. You describe it perfectly well: The more grateful we are for what we have, the more things we attract to our lives that we can be grateful for. It’s important to notice that it also works the other way round.

Take care

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Oliver,
So glad that you appreciate my post! Isn’t it amazing how gratitude works? And, it’s so easy to employ in our lives. Thanks for your comment and for visiting me here. I’m glad to see you!
Dena

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Kevin Tyler Smith

Dena,

Awesome post on how gratitude breeds happiness.

What you shared here today is proof positive that
an ounce of gratitude can manifest a ton of clarity.

I love this post Dena. Thanks for sharing.

Stay growing,

Kevin
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Dena-Lynn

Kevin, thanks!! Yes, gratitude makes you see life differently… in a better light. Thanks for your comment and I’m glad that you enjoyed my post 🙂
Dena

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Ryan Yokome

Hey Dena,

That’s an awesome study about gratitude. Thanks for sharing that! I know it’s by far one of the best ways to center yourself and change your vibration….because it comes from the space of love 😀
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Ryan, I love your reflection that… “it comes from the space of love.” Love – Gratitude….. both are fantastically powerful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂
Dena

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Nancy Collins

Hi Dena-Lynn,

What a great post! I practice gratitude daily, but never thought to write it down.

I find that just thinking of what I am grateful for really helps to maintain a positive attitude.

I will definitely try keeping a journal and see what kind of a difference it makes!
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Nancy, Glad to know that you’re going to start journaling. I know that you’ll find so much value 🙂 I’d love to know how it goes… keep me posted 🙂
Dena

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sye wells

Hi Dena-Lynn, I loved reading this share today. Having an attitude of gratitude is really quite simple but a very intentional action, and thought process. It really helps to engage your mind in knowing what is real, what is possible, and creates a very powerful positive energy.

I love that you also set aside gratitude time, that has helped me tremendously. So what I do is take time twice a day, once during the morning, once at night.. to write down 10 things, no matter how big or small… that I am absolutely grateful for that day. Thanks again for sharing this with us! Have an incredible day.

Life is great!
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Sye, The benefits of journaling at the end of the day are awesome, too! It’s a calming, soothing way to balance a hectic day and it certainly helps towards resting peacefully. Thanks for adding a great tip 🙂 Very glad that you stopped by.
Dena

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VaNessa Duplessie

Dena,
Thank you so much for the Gratitude Journal reminder. I am a very positive person 99% of the time. A glass is half full type of person. I think about what I am grateful for while I am driving around town or doing chores but I think getting back to a Gratitude Journal that is written/typed is a great idea!

Helping more people realize and work on what they are grateful for is an excellent mission.
VaNessa

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Dena-Lynn

Hi VaNessa, I’m happy to know that I gave you a nudge to get back to your journaling again. As you know, that focused attention that we spend during “gratitude time” takes our day to a higher level – we’re even more inspired 🙂 Happy journaling….
Dena

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Michael Stead

Hey Dena,

I love this! I think it is so important for people to find some time each day to find something that they are grateful for, especially living in this wonderful country that we live in. I find what happens a lot of the time is that people tend to take for granted what they truly have because our society is so programmed to getting more, more, and more.

When you really think about it, even if you are on the lower scale of the economic spectrum in this country, in all actuality you are living like a freaking king compared to third world countries. Over 80% of our world today lives in total poverty and we have the audacity to say things like, “Damnit if only I could get that new BMW my life would be SO much better…”

Thanks so much for sharing this powerful message as I know that many people need to hear it and need to be reminded about the importance of gratitude.

Great stuff and keep up the good work 🙂

See you at the top,
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Michael 🙂 I couldn’t agree more with your comment! Really… in fact, I was recently involved in a conversation with someone along these same lines – there are tremendous differences (better) in lifestyles of poverty among countries. We’re very fortunate to have the opportunities that we enjoy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Hope to see you again…
Dena

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Elizabeth Snyder

Hi Dena,

So glad I read your post this evening. It’s funny how while I already knew these things to be true, a wonderful reminder like yours is so often needed. Shifting from stale, negative thought patterns into a state of gratitude is so very powerful!

I’m also going to “re” implement writing down the things I am thankful for each night. Doing this makes me realize that I don’t have ANY reasons to complain – ever!

Thanks again for your wise words.

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Elizabeth 🙂 It’s so gratifying for me that my post served as a reminder of all the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. I’m glad that you stopped by and thanks for your comments 🙂
Dena

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Saz Bailey

Hi Dena
This post is so true. When I started my personal development journey I too started a gratitude journal and was amazed by how simple but effective it was. Previously I was striving, striving, striving and that reflected as being unsatisfied with what I had – how could I be so intent on striving. But after taking time to recognise and be grateful for what I have I’m now striving, striving, striving from a much more positive and productive place. As you say in your post…..the more grateful I am, the more I have to be grateful for.

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Saz, Writing in your gratitude journal, everday, causes a huge mindset shift. Rather than operating from a position of lack, we’re in a state of abundance. We therefore attract the same. Thanks for sharing your experience, Saz 🙂 I hope to see you again…
Dena

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Guillaume Bareil

Wow this post comes into my life at such a right moment!
My cousin and I just had our little baby girl at the same time 1 month ago. Is it necessary to say that I am actually living the best moments of my life?
But my cousin’s little girl died 4 days ago. at 46 days of life.

Do you think I am grateful to have my beautiful and healthy little girl? God it is important to remind ourselves everyday of all the good things we have in our life.
Thank you for this post!

Guillaume Bareil

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Dena-Lynn

Guillaume, please accept my condolences for you and your family. Life is at once beautiful and fragile. Yes, I know that you are grateful and will always cherish the beauty and love in your life. Thank you for visiting me here – hope to see you again 🙂
Dena

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WaDell Jones

Great Post Dena I really liked >the more grateful you are, the more positive you feel about life and about yourself, and the more you achieve.
Thanks for sharing…
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Dena-Lynn

Hi WaDell, I do too – that’s a wonderful benefit 🙂 Thanks for visiting – see you soon!
Dena

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Dwayne Yoder

Hi Dena-Lynn

I enjoyed your post. Showing Gratitude and Giving Praise I think go hand in hand.
It’s hard to show Gratitude and to give Praise and not have it effect you in a positive way.

Blessings,
Dwayne Yoder

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Dwayne, yes, we gain so much when we express gratitude and praise. Not only do we benefit personally, we also tend to add joy to the lives of others. And of course then, that inspires us more… it’s certainly cyclical. I’m glad that you enjoyed my post, Dwayne. Hope to see you again.
Dena

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David Merrill

Dena, this is really the bottom line to happiness. Even if you have incredible success and make tons of money and have a cruise ship docked in your back yard… if you’re not grateful for whatever you have in your life, you won’t be enjoy any of it and will never find happiness… or success!

Great post, Dena. We should all read it twice!
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Dena-Lynn

Thanks David! I agree – we should all be thankful for whatever it is that we have in our lives. Whether large or small – if we’re not grateful, there is no joy. 🙂
Dena

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Chris McCargar

Dena… I’m grateful for …

People I’ve met thru social media… from whom I’ve learned so much
People who encourage others to be their best
People who express themselves in a positive light, despite their challenges.
People that walk their talk…
…people like you!
you’re so full of life… I wish you well!
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Dena-Lynn

Chris, thank you 🙂 I’m also grateful for our connection thru social media and for your continued support and generosity!! I appreciate your brilliant spirit…
Dena

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Wendy MacKay

Great topic to post on Dena! Too many people miss the opportunity to give the gift of gratitude. Last Christmas I wrote letters of gratitude to friends for the events and memories they have given me over the years and it was the best gift of all for the recipients and for myself in taking the time to remember and write about those moments. When you are grateful you can not hold yourself in a negative vibration. Thank you for your post and a strong message for people to see and embrace in their daily lives.
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Wendy, that is so wonderful!! I can imagine the joy that your friends felt when they read your letter 🙂 And, I know that as you wrote your heart was swelling with joy. What a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing this experience – I love it 🙂
Dena

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Kim Tarr

Hi Dena!

Wow, what a positive post! It is so easy to complain about certain situations in our lives and much harder to make it into a positive and appreciate what we do have. When we do that – it is THAT that makes us stronger.

Thanks, Dena, for the post!

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Dena-Lynn

Hi Kim, that is absolutely true! We’re so much stronger and empowered to go forward and accomplish great things when we are coming from a place of appreciation. Thanks for your comment, Kim 🙂

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Kellie Hosaka

Aloha Dena-Lynn,

Beautifully written article on gratitude! A gratitude journal is truly the best way to start as it helps to ingrain the habit of being grateful each and every moment.

I started this with my son many years ago, and every night we both ask each other “what are you grateful for today?”. We both say at least 3 things we are grateful for and it’s made a world of difference in both of our lives. We’ve been playing this game for over 14 years and we still do it every night! I am so grateful because he is an adult and he still “plays” this game with me…heehee 🙂

Mahalo (thank you) for asking and allowing us to share,
Kellie 🙂
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Kellie, you’ve started a wonderful and meaningful tradition with your son – I can imagine that he will continue this practice with his own children too 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! My wish is that all who read your idea will also include it in their daily practice of gratitude – as we empower the next generation to live well.
Dena

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Donna Merrill

Thanks so much to giving this term meaning. We always hear “Gratitude is the Attitude” but what does it REALLY mean? You have taken this term and really shared with us in depth that it is not only a saying, but an energy.
Once you start to be grateful, it becomes part of you and you are grateful for EVERYTHING during your day. The world seems brighter, you start noticing clouds, nature, anything you come across in your path during the day and you are happy. It is the feeling like you are a kid again.
Thank yous so much for sharing this with us.
Donna

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Dena-Lynn

Donna, you are so right about feeling like a kid again! Our spirit is free and we feel so much lighter as we go through our day filled with gratitude 🙂 Thanks!
Dena

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Carstarphen

Awesome Dena,
The fact that we are alive gives us plenty of reasons to be grateful…Thanks for this post.

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Dena-Lynn

Oh yes, J – to live just one more day present so many opportunities!
Dena

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Robin Lynn Brooks

There is a magical life force in a grateful spirit that is undeniable. You have a great energy in your writing and teach us here a sound lesson in bringing this to others. An attitude of gratitude is wonderful to have, to be around, and to share.
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Dena-Lynn

Thank you, Robin 🙂 I agree that the effect of gratitude is so magical – its power is truly awesome!
Dena

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Enomfon

Dena, its great meeting you here. Thanks for adding great value and content. Your desire to keep going is inspirational! Keep going!
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Dena-Lynn

Hi Enomfon! I’m pleased to meet you too and am glad that you enjoyed my post. Thanks for your encouragement and support 🙂
Dena

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Lani

Aloha Dena, great topic to point out on gratitude. It is amazing how most would over look this one valuable tip we all know but don’t acknowledge. Gratitude should be shown for the little things in life as well as the big things. Thanks for sharing! Lani 🙂

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Dena-Lynn

Thank you, Lani 🙂 I think that sometimes when things are so simple and easily accessible, they’re taken for granted. A daily practice of gratitude can be life changing… and it’s right at our fingertips 🙂
Dena

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Lee Wise

Yes, the gratitude journal helps. In fact, I’ve been saying to myself the last several days that “I need to be sure and make some entires in the gratitude section of my journal.”

Something that’s been helpful to me as well is a “mental gratitude journal” as one of the last things to think about before going to sleep in the evening. How? By simply completing the sentence the thought: “Today I am grateful for…”

Very important topic. Thanks for your input!

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Tricia Karp

Dena-Lynn, thank you so much for your article on gratitude. It’s inspiring, and a reminder of how simple it is to create powerful change when we have clear intentions and a clear mindset.

I’ve used a gratitude journal, particularly when times have been tough, and it’s a practice that has given me enormous benefits, allowing me to see that I’m always looked after and have a pretty fabulous life, actually. As you say, giving energy to gratitude every day can really shift negative energy, and create a lot of magic!

I really appreciate your wise words.

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Karla Setchel

Hey Dena,

This is a great post! I’ve been told for years to keep a gratitude journal & it just seemed silly but with all of the inspiration I’m getting from the Empowered Tribe members, I’m going to start mine tomorrow! And I’m excited to see what the future will bring 🙂 Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

Many Blessings,
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Faith Barnard

Hello Dena,
What a beautifully written and all important post. Gratitude is such an important piece to incorporate into our daily lives. I love your writing and your advice about keeping your gratitude journal close at hand or in your path of your day to day living. I like the idea of either just prior to going to bed or first thing in the morning, writing down what I am grateful for.
Funny how we know the power of gratitude but your reinforcement in this post was and is so helpful. I’m getting my journal by my bed and starting now. Thank you.

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arlan murata

Hi Dena: Thanks for your thought. Appreciation with laughter, joy, a song in your heart and a dance or two keeps you well. Great post.

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Yorinda

Hi Dena,

Love your post. Yes, gratitude is so important to our well being!

Appreciation of the small things in life make us feel good and when we feel good our Well Being improves.

Thank you so Much.
To your Well Being

Yorinda

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Charels Allen II

Dena, Great post and energy on your blog. This makes a big difference in your life and business. I’m thankful for all the thing in my life. For the most part it’s great to be able to see your blessings. Even better being able to bless someone else in need. Thanks for your post!
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Arlan Murata

Hey Dena: You’re awesome in the value you share. Appreciate it. You blog posts give lots of valuable help. Mahalo.

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