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Practical Power of Gratitude – Lecture Notes (Revised 2019)

The Practical Power of Gratitude — presented by Jerry Posner

Notes and Ideas to Consider

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.”

Joni Mitchell

Intentional gratitude practices – “Grati-Tools” — Possible benefits:

* to experience more positive feelings, moods, and emotions associated with gratitude.

* to encourage sincere expressions of appreciation, thankfulness, acknowledgement.

* to gain new perspectives, biases/beliefs and habits that could catalyze improvements in many ways.

* to literally increase happiness, resilience, resourcefulness and well-being; short and long term.

Grati-Tool #1: Appreciating Those Who’ve Made a Difference In Your Life

List ten people (or animal companions) from your past or present, who have positively contributed to your life. Those who deserve thanks; who’ve helped or supported you: family, friends, colleagues, mentors, teachers, service providers, etc. Once a week, read your list and add ten more names.

Grati-Tool #2: 60 Seconds of Noticing WHAT’S GOOD!!! (“Stop and smell the roses!”)

Take a walk (slow or fast pace), and notice all the things that you could conceivably be grateful for.

Such as: life itself, pavement, electricity, trees, air, traffic lights, cars, sky, gravity, good shoes, things that work!

• Or … take a minute, wherever you are (sitting, dining, playing, shopping) and simply notice “what’s good!”

• Look at your surroundings and possessions as if for the very first time.

Or … pay attention to your breathing for one minute, while thinking: “I’m grateful I can breathe.”

Grati-Tool #3: Liberally & Sincerely EXPRESS Appreciation To Those Who Surely Deserve It

• Say “thank you!” “Thanks for helping!” “I appreciate what you did.” “Great job!”

• Tell the people you love, that you do. • Send thank-you notes. • Pay it forward!

Grati-Tool #4: Observe “Grati-Tuesdays”

Make Tuesday the day of the week when you particularly focus on gratitude practice(s).

Add gratitude to a meeting, family meal, phone call, visit. (Or celebrate“Thank You Thursdays!”)

Grati-Tool #5: Write a Gratitude Journal (Gratitude Diary, Gratitude List, Daily Gratitudes)

Regularly, write a daily list of five specific things — people, relationships, circumstances, feelings, abilities, talents, blessings, music, art, something that made you laugh, something that made you smile, something that warmed your heart, a great meal, etc., that you feel grateful for — reasons to feel happy, things you appreciate, people and things you’d miss if they were absent from your life.

Grati-Tool #6: Happy Birthday – Grateful For Another Year!

Make a gratitude list on your birthday, with one item for each year of your life.

Grati-Tool #7: 60 Second Gratitude Break

Close your eyes … relax … and for just one minute, focus your attention on a person, thing, circumstance, situation, accomplishment, talent, ability, etc. that you’re truly and deeply grateful for — something specific that makes you feel happy. If you can, imagine/visualize him … her … it.

Mentally offer a “thank you” or “I appreciate this.” When your mind wanders, just bring it back.

Or, invent your own “gratitude break!”

©2019 Jerry D. Posner • jerryposner@icloud.com • Blog:


Lecture Notes – Transformative Power of Daily Reminders


Notes, Suggestions and Ideas for Consideration    Presented by Jerry Posner

A reminder is useful only if it reminds you of something that you want to remember!

“Luck favors the prepared mind” — Louis Pasteur

What do you want to remind yourself to THINK … FEEL … BELIEVE … DO … and why?

In what areas of your life would positive changes be most welcome?  

Perhaps: creativity, productivity, relationships, health, finances, spirituality, stress-management

Consider these questions:

What is important, meaningful to you now?  What do you most want to change; improve; accomplish?

How would you most like to feel?  What ignites your passion?  What triggers your happiness and joy?

Know your B.S. (Belief System).  What do you believe … what do you WANT to believe … and why?

(At the very least, you must believe that the changes you seek are possible.)  

Make an honest list of your core beliefs.  Where did they originate?  School?  Science?  Mass media?

Note the beliefs that might need changing, and note beliefs that are the most helpful and empowering!

Remind yourself of your own core values/virtues — Make a list of them and review daily.  For example: honesty, loyalty, dependability, balance, compassion, empathy, kindness, generosity, humility, courage, gratitude, charity, love, faith, patience, humor, spirituality, service to others, ambition, optimism, fitness, joy. 

In a slump?  Make a list of your strengths and competencies.  Review regularly.  Edit and revise as you see fit. 

Compose appropriate “focus phrases” (sayings — proverbs — mottos — well-written affirmations) 

Write them … read them … record them … listen to them … think about them …. reflect on them.

Examples of different affirmation forms:

I can be kinder to myself, I deserve that.

You can be kinder to yourself, you deserve that.

We can be kinder to ourselves, we deserve that.

(Your name) can be kinder to him/herself.  (Your name) deserves that.

 Lists and Journals for:  Self-awareness.  Organization.  Productivity.  Therapy.  

  • To-Do List  • Inspiration List — Your Heroes, Champions, Role Models … Books, Movies, Art, Music, etc.
  • Gratitude Journal — “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone.” – Joni Mitchell
  • “Miracle” Journal    “Synchronicity” Journal    “I need to remember” List

A KEY QUESTION: “What do I REALLY want to change, that I WILL change, to increase the likelihood of the outcomes I desire?”

Deliberate Practice – engages the cognitive brain. Seeks feedback for improvement. 


 “PRACTICE MAKES HABITS” — to create a new habit or ritual, link it to an existing one.

Be honest with yourself.  Be good to yourself.  Be kind to yourself.  Be self-compassionate. 


©2019 Jerry D. Posner /  / Blog:

19 for 2019 – Daily Reminders for a Stellar Year!