“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook and broadens our perspective.” Germany Kent

A year ago I bought a five-year gratitude journal. I’ve been writing 5 things that I’m grateful for every day. I’m now overlapping entries I wrote a year ago on that same day. I finally came around to a year and I have had the great opportunity of seeing the many blessings of my life in a different light. Sure, there were days when I had only written three things I was grateful for, but even looking back on those days I feel blessed.

Gratitude in any form can make us feel happier no matter what we are grateful for.

According to positive psychology:

“Expressing gratitude not only to others but also to ourselves, induces positive emotions, primarily happiness. By producing feelings of pleasure and contentment, gratitude impacts our overall health and well-being as well.

When we express gratitude and receive the same, our brain releases dopamine and serotonin, the two crucial neurotransmitters responsible for our emotions, and they make us feel ‘good’. They enhance our mood immediately, making us feel happy from the inside.”

By consciously practicing gratitude every day, we can help these neural pathways to strengthen themselves and ultimately create a permanent grateful and positive nature within ourselves.

So take a few minutes each day and write down three things you are grateful for. You will be glad you did.


My youngest son is home visiting from medical school. He’s shared many interesting stories from his classes and tales about trying to learn remotely. It sounds like there are ups and downs and a lot of stress, which I know is to be expected. His ability to handle all the challenges that lay ahead seems doable to him because he knows this would help him achieve the purpose for his life. His entire life he has wanted to help the human race. He hopes to do this through medicine. His purpose is what drives him forward. Everyone needs a purpose in life.

Having a fulfilling purpose is a fundamental element of a fulfilling life. When we don’t have a sense of purpose, it leaves us open to boredom, anxiety, and depression. Viktor Frank, in his book “Mans Search for Meaning” about the holocaust, describes this. People in the concentration camps that were not able to find a purpose suffered from more depression, anxiety, and despair, whereas those that maintained their sense of purpose fared much better.

Everyone’s purpose is personal. Your purpose may be as simple as spreading kindness by smiling at everyone.

No matter what your circumstances in life, remember that your story is important. Your dreams count. Your voice matters. If you discover your purpose it will make an impact and that will have an impact on you!