The Attitude of Gratitude (Winter/Spring 2005)
By Karen Litzinger, MA, LPC

Career unhappiness, job search stress and everyday life events can take their toll. Coping skills are an important part of career and life planning. One coping skill to consider is gratitude.

Emmett E. Miller, MD, writes in Gratitude: A Way of Life that whether we feel gratitude or resentment, a corresponding internal chemical state is created. This generates characteristic behaviors – “health or disease, empowerment or powerlessness, fulfillment or dissatisfaction.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of Simple Abundance, suggests that keeping a gratitude journal can affect an inner shift in one’s reality. She suggests before bed writing five things down that you can be grateful for. Some days may only include simple things, such as good health, a home, a warm bed to get into.

Soon you may begin to notice, and even look for, good things that happen during the day…perhaps the beauty of the winter sky against bare branches or the good fortune of a great parking space.

I personally have kept a gratitude journal for about five years. Although the initial results were not dramatic, I believe that it kept me grounded during my most trying times.

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