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Cultivating Gratitude

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Consider these five simple practices as a starting point for cultivating gratitude. 


  1. Make a gratitude list. Write down 7-10 things on the list each day. Download a Gratitude app to your mobile device or purchase a blank book specifically for keeping your gratitude list.
  2. Say a grace before each meal. Also say a grace before you engage in a new activity.
  3. Each time you pick up the phone, receive or send a text, or look at an email or letter, give thanks for that person.
  4. If you are struggling with fear, sadness, or hopelessness, stop what you are doing and jot down a list of 5 things for which you are grateful.
  5. Say a prayer of thanks at the end of the day.



From Alive Now, November/December 2011. © 2011 The Upper Room.

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While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.” 

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