Gratitude: #23 of 28 Big Ideas from the World of Coaching

This article is twenty-fourth in a multi-part series that adapts and excerpts my entire book, The Coach Within: 28 Big Ideas for Engaging the Power of Your Own Wisdom, Creativity, and Choices* (Everything Goes Media, 2017).


23. Gratitude

“If the only prayer you ever say in your life is thank you, it will be enough.”

— Master Eckhart

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”

— John Milton

“You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life.”

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

Whether you fall back on subjective experience or objective data, gratitude delivers. It’s a simple, transformational practice that induces awe, fills us up, changes our perspective, brings us more, and is backed by science.

Evidence of the very real and growing number of benefits derived from the routine practice of gratitude is mounting.

The collective output of more than twenty-five research studies shows that our brains, the rest of our bodies, and our lives can change over time thanks to gratitude (enhanced physical and psychological health; heightened self-esteem, empathy, generosity, and mental fortitude; increased optimism, joy, and happiness; decreased stress, isolation, and aggression; improved relationships).

Just wow, right? Let’s make our first act of appreciation a homage to the nourishing riches bestowed by the cultivating the habit of gratitude.

As we empower ourselves by tapping into our own wisdom through coaching, perhaps nothing can provide a more sustaining foundation to our work than this. Get started with the to-do’s below.


Your Coaching To-Do’s

⎕ Devote a section of your journal (or dedicate a brand new journal) to gratitude. Create a running list of things you are grateful for…a list that can be added to as a daily ritual or as you’re inspired. As you write what you’re grateful for, feel the gratitude for those things.

⎕ Practice injecting moments of gratitude into your day: upon waking and before going to sleep each night; when you notice something wonderful about yourself, about your friends and family, about the world; when you need a rosier outlook on a dim state of affairs; when you have a moment to take stock of all that is good and plentiful and going right. As you notice what you’re grateful for, feel the appreciation welling up inside.

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