I asked my friend, poet, and colleague Laura McCarty to guest blog about gratitude this month:
The mediation process, while leaps and bounds more amicable than arbitration or litigation, can still be emotionally-charged. Change can stir up feelings of loss, anguish and grief. Moving away from those feelings sometimes takes more effort than we feel possible. But shifting your attitude is easier than you think. With a daily ritual that can take less than five minutes, your mindset can transition from a place of loss to one of abundance. It’s as easy as saying thank you. Studies have shown that expressing gratitude or being thankful for what we have in our lives can lead to greater happiness and overall better health. The simple act of showing gratitude can become your own source of healing and empower you. So don’t delay. Harness that power and all the abundance within you to make the changes happening in your life work for you.
Here are some tips to getting your gratitude on:
Guest blogger Laura McCarty is pictured in Glacier National Park on the Grinnell Glacier trail. Laura lives, writes and teaches yoga in Arlington, Virginia. She's grateful for her two inspiring daughters, her dog Ginger, her huge circle of friends, and more people, places and things she can list here.
Ellice Halpern, J.D., is a Virginia Supreme Court certified general and family mediator.