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WHY GRATITUDE MEANS SO MUCH TO ME EXPRESS YOURSELF! If you know me, you know how much gratitude means to me. Since it’s November and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, there is no better time to talk about gratitude and share a few things I'm thankful for this year. One thing I’m incredibly grateful for is the growth of the law firm. Thanks to the help of so many folks, we are now a mighty team of five and have some great cases to work on. The amount of growth our firm has experienced in the brief 17 months since opening is incredibly encouraging, and it's only possible because of our referral partners. I can’t say thanks enough! While building the new firm has kept me busy, I was still able to make some time to get away and see a few cool places this year. Some of my trips were focused on continuing education for work (which is very important in law), and others were much-needed getaways with Alison. Cool places I've been this year include St. Louis, New Orleans, Charleston, Aspen, and Park City. The picture is a shot of me and Alison in Aspen. It was such a great time! Gratitude is something I think about every single day. In fact, I have a designated spot in my day planner where I try to write down the top three things I’m thankful for each day. I try to challenge myself by thinking of new items for the list so I avoid writing down the same things each day, though sometimes I’m repeatedly grateful for one major aspect of my life and can’t help but list it more than once! Through this practice of keeping a gratitude list, I find there is always something to be grateful for — even on the worst days. I’ve learned that the bad days are when I need to have even more gratitude. This comes down to a few simple reasons: Feeling grateful makes me happier, healthier, more optimistic; increases my spiritualism; and reduces my materialism. Really, it just makes me feel better.
Grateful to be able to get away to places like Maroon Bells.
That said, gratitude isn’t a cure-all. Jotting down a few things you are thankful for is not going to instantly transform a bad day into a good one, but it does help. It’s a massively underutilized tool for improving life satisfaction and happiness. The more you share your gratitude, the more effective the practice is in helping you achieve that satisfaction and happiness. I don’t just confine my gratefulness to my day planner; I love to share it with others, as well. One of my favorite ways to share gratitude with another person is through a handwritten thank-you note. I’ve been averaging six notes per month this year. As I write
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