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Your Gratitude Muscle

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We are now several days past Thanksgiving and I wonder if anyone has given thanks since.

I recently heard that gratitude is like a muscle, if we don’t use it, we lose it. I can see this to be true. The more we are aware of the blessings in our life, the more likely we are to give gratitude for them and appreciate them.  However, the opposite can be true, the less aware we are of our blessings, the less likely we will give thanks or appreciate them.

I have a friend who posts her daily gratitude on Facebook. She has done this for over a year. Admittedly, I look forward to these posts. Most days, they are posted as a list covering the big and very small while other times, they are a posted video or photo of her family. It has given me a daily reminder that we can give thanks for any and all things we have. We can give thanks to the material things and more importantly, the people and experiences we are fortunate to have in our lives.

This is a simple post encouraging for a big movement. Let us find appreciation in all things, people, and experiences. Let us be grateful for the moments that teach us valuable lessons that forever change us. Let us be grateful for our love shared with special people. Let us be grateful for love received. Let us be grateful for what we have and do not, because being without can be a blessing too. Let us do this every day, not just on Thanksgiving.

Until next time,


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Dr. Lily A. Zehner, MFT-C is a therapist who specializes in sex, intimacy, and relationships. Her private practice is located in Denver where she helps others reach their fullest relational and sexual potential. To learn more about her and her services, please feel free to take a look around her website.


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