Yes, it sounds cliché, but here’s the reason you hear about gratitude so often in the context of joy: it’s very effective. Perhaps you’ve tried it yourself a time or two. If you haven’t found deep joy in the practice in the past, then you might simply need to tweak how you embrace it.
You can start by sitting down with a blank page. If you don’t have paper, typing this on your device can work as well. Think of one single thing that you feel grateful for. It can be a small thing; you’re grateful that you caught the early train or that your dog is feeling better after a
few days of low energy. On the other hand, it might be something big; you’re grateful that your parent received good lab results after a trying illness or that you have just gotten a promotion at a job that…
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