Practicing appreciation and thanksgiving

Clearly we’re living in unprecedented economic times right now, at least within the past 60 years. And with such a long list of uncertainties in our world today, it can sometimes be difficult to find the perspective to feel thankful and appreciate what we have. But there are a few other areas that are unprecedented the other way. Could you use some help getting started with your list? Here are just a few global examples:

• At the end of World War II, there were approximately 20 democracies on planet Earth. Today there are more than 120 – unprecedented freedom.

• Medical science is delivering wonderful healing and preventative products and services everyday which not long ago were just dreams – unprecedented healing.

• Billions of Earthlings have access to the Internet, many in parts of the world where 20 years ago they might not have had access to a newspaper – unprecedented knowledge.

• Entrepreneurship is becoming a dominant force in the global marketplace, and small business ownership is seen as a top career path by young people around the world – unprecedented self-determination.

Our list of 21st century blessings is also long and enough to embarrass us when we start to think that our world isn’t working anymore.

In a recent interview with Mike Robbins, author of “Focus on the Good Stuff: The Power of Appreciation”, we talked about how to get into, and keep, the spirit of thanksgiving all year long. Take a few minutes to listen to our conversation, and share your own thoughts on thanksgiving.

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