• David Greer

    Gi Wendy,

    Thank you for the reminder about gratitude. I am going to share a couple of my blog postings, plus some additional personal experiences to give you my perspective.

    There is a lot of evidence that you will be both healthier and higher performing if you practice gratitude. The book “The Happiness Advantage”goes into the science, hill giving you practical ways to have gratitude and happiness. See my blog posting review:


    From a work prospective, I start the week and daily stand ups with the “wins”. As high performing individuals in challenging roles, it is all too easy to focus on the challenges. Focusing on the wins first sets a different tone and puts the challenges in the right context. See my blog post “Start With the Wins”:


    On a personal not, I journal at the start and end of every day. I start the day by finding something to be grateful for. I end my day by writing at least five things I was grateful for during the day. Positive phycology can change your like. You and I are examples of it.

    June 24, 2012
    • editor

      Hi David,

      Thanks so much for your comments. I will check out the book you mention. From your summary it looks quite interesting.

      I like your idea of starting out team meetings with wins! Over the years, I have applied Appreciative Inquiry in a variety of situations – particularly as part of a change process, but also in team meetings. It too has a foundation in positive psychology.

      There was one skeptic who watched from the sidelines as I employed AI on several occasions. While he didn’t try to stop me, he never supported. After the third change meeting he attended, he said, “Wendy, I don’t know what you do or how you do it, but whatever you are doing, it works!”

      And finally, here is a quote:
      “In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”

      —Brother David Steindl-Rast

      June 24, 2012
  • Wendy,

    The alphabet of gratitude is a wonderful tool to increase awareness of our many blessings. Thank you for writing about it, I plan on incorporating it into my morning routine.
    I often spend a small amount of time focusing on what is right in my life early in the day, but have found my practice of this activity to be getting stale and welcome the suggestion you offer.


    June 28, 2012
    • editor

      Hi Philip,
      I am so delighted that this breathes new life into your current gratitude practice. Thank you for taking the time to comment and let me know.
      My Best,

      June 29, 2012
      • Dear Wendy,
        As a matter of fact, I prayed an alphabet prayer of gratitude this morning and opened up a deeper connection to the joy of experiencing God. I am confident that this will develop into a regular habit and overflow into the lives of those around me as well.
        Thanks again,

        June 29, 2012
        • editor

          Lovely. We are each a pebble dropping into the pond–sending out ripples. Nice that your ripples will be sourced from joy. We all make a difference.

          June 30, 2012
  • Leonard Garden

    And has anyone read Psalm 119 designed in this very manner? (Sometimes called ‘The Saints’ Alphabet’) King David did it and so can you, or be inspired by his prophetic thanks. I have found that being inspired and delighted in the Lord renders my interests concurrent with His as I express such thanks to He who made our very lives possible!

    August 01, 2012
    • Hi Leonard. I am wondering if you could point me to a good source to learn more about Psalm 119. I’d be very interested to learn more. Thanks much!

      August 05, 2012
  • Hi Wendy!

    I have so many things to be grateful for that I probably should take the time to write out a gratitude alphabet. That’s a great idea.

    But the two things that I am grateful for that really are so foundational for me are: my health and my family. I cherish both.


    August 16, 2012
    • Thanks for stopping by to comment, Linda. It’s wonderful just to do the gratitude alphabet in the moment and see what arises as you speak each letter following by the words … I am always in awe of how much I have to be grateful for and the new words that pop up when I am in a quite space and I see what comes through. It sounds like you live a life of gratitude. How lovely.

      August 16, 2012
  • Enjoyed reading this blog post and exercise to practice gratitude with the alphabet. I’ve been blogging four things I am grateful for and have been trying to encourage blog readers to comment and share what they are grateful for.
    This has helped me focus on the small joys of everyday. I find it provides me with insight to what I value in life as well as more positive outlook on life. Hope you will visit and share a gratitude. I am going to try your alphabet practice.

    September 06, 2012
    • Hi Linda, what a great idea to blog your gratitude 🙂 I will most definitely stop by and share a gratitude. Right now I am grateful for you and your bright spirit!

      September 17, 2012
  • Martin Seligman’s study shows that a daily practice of gratitude reduces depression as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication combined, the current “gold-standrd” in treating depression. The only difference is gratitude works faster.


    September 23, 2012
    • Wow! That’s great news. Thanks for posting this along with the link, Liz.

      September 23, 2012
  • Wendy,

    Thanks for the reminder, gratitude at one time was a huge hurtle to jump. Life has a way of changing this, as you refer to in the beginning of this article. Now I am grateful for each small moment of this thing we call life. Thank you for the gentle reminder, we may not always get what we want, but we will always get what we need.


    August 04, 2013

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