Welcome back to the land of all things electronic and virtual. How did you spend your three days unplugged? If you didn’t guess, getting un-plugged is one tiny way of getting Un-Hooked.

I saw a video in my feed from CK Louis about why he won’t let his kids have smartphones. And he bases his parenting decision on some really sound Un-Hooked logic. Being plugged in strips us of our ability to feel and be empathetic.

I’m going to cover more of this later in the week…..

World Gratitude Day

This past Saturday (Sept. 21) was World Gratitude Day, and I almost sent you a bonus post about it but then changed my mind. Saturday was your no email and social media day so you wouldn’t have gotten it anyway. Right? (Wink, wink)

Since practicing gratitude is an important element of getting Un-Hooked, I wanted to share it with you today, in honor of World Gratitude Day.

In the book The Secret, it says about gratitude, “Gratitude is a powerful process for shifting your energy and bringing more of what you want into your life. Be grateful for what you already have and you will attract more good things.”

Screen shot 2013-09-22 at 11.03.14 PMTo help you get in the habit of gratitude, and therefore foster a great attitude, I’m sharing four methods for practicing gratitude. Pick one that feels good for you and get started.

#1: Create an affirmation or mantra

One of the first mantras I ever learned and practiced regularly was: “I am grateful for all that I have received. I am grateful for all that I am receiving. I am grateful for all that I will receive.”

It’s still one of my go-to affirmations when I meditate. I love how I feel after repeating it for several minutes. It completely changes my mindset and therefore my energy.

Feel free to borrow my favorite or create one of your own.

#2: List 5 things every day

Every night before you go to sleep, list five things you are grateful for that day.

I was first introduced to the concept when Oprah Winfrey interviewed Sarah Ban Breathnach about abundance. Sarah’s answer to having more abundance in one’s life was to have more gratitude.

You can also adapt #2 into a Gratitude Rampage where you set your timer for three minutes and get busy writing out your gratitudes until the buzzer goes off.

Get your own Gratitude Journal or dollar store notebook, and go crazy with your new attitude. Let me help you start: “I am grateful for…..”

#3: Tell 5 people thank you

{Confession ahead.} I love going to Chik-fil-A for a number of reasons. Number 1 is for their to-die-for chocolate chip cookies. Number 2 is for the to-die-for customer service. So many please and thank yous. So many, “my pleasure,” responses–and from teen-agers!

I’m the one who says ‘thank you’ each and every time the waiter provides a service. Even though it’s the waiter’s “job” I can still be appreciative of the job he’s doing. This is such a genuine habit for me that on the rare occasion I don’t thank my waiter, hubby asks me if I’m okay.

Frankly I think a lot of bosses could adopt this method. Employees love to be appreciated. Hell, everyone loves to be appreciated. Rita Davenport, a professional speaker, says, “People work harder for praises, not raises.”

Shower your appreciation on 5 unsuspecting recipients.

#4: Leave a “love” note

Take a page from Alexandra Franzen’s book. Literally.

In her new book 50 Ways to Say You’re Awesome she’s created a simple, yet creative, way for you to show your love and gratitude to others. Whether it’s a note tucked into a library book that a stranger will receive, or a compliment left for a co-worker, she’s got you covered.

BOOM! Brilliance strikes again.”

Tear it out and share your appreciation with others.

Research Supports Gratitude

The practice of gratitude helps me to feel content and safe. When I can pause to look around and see that everything is as it should be, and everything’s in its place, my worries fly out the door.

I know gratitude works because I feel differently when I do it.

BUT if you need a little extra encouragement,Check out this infographic.

Here’s to Gratitude!

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