ReadLove joins T.A. Barron for a special blog series to celebrate the upcoming publication of The Wisdom of Merlin: 7 Magical Words for a Meaningful Life. This seven-week countdown campaign will be based on Merlin’s answer to the question, “What is the meaning of life?”
Surprisingly, the answer has only seven words…but they are the most powerful words of all.
Join with us each week as we focus on one of these magical words with supporting content that will help us acknowledge, reflect, practice, and get inspired to embark on a new adventure or live life to its fullest.
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First Magical Word:
Excerpt from The Wisdom of Merlin:
“Being fully scheduled is not the same as being fully alive…To be wholly alive is to be grateful—for every breath we take, every song we sing, every person we love, every day we discover.”
Quotes on Gratitude:
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle
“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.” Stephen Richards
* Fun Fact from Greater Good Science Center:
Scientists have begun to chart a course of research aimed at understanding gratitude and the circumstances in which it flourishes or diminishes. They’re finding that people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits:
Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
Higher levels of positive emotions
More joy, optimism, and happiness
Acting with more generosity and compassion
Feeling less lonely and isolated.
(*All text in purple above is directly borrowed (word-for-word) from the Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/expandinggratitude .)
Activate, Engage, or Practice:
For the next week, start or end the day by acknowledging one thing, person, or event that you are grateful for.
Keep a gratitude jar or calendar by writing down some of the major events or things you are grateful for throughout the year.
Show gratitude towards others by complimenting or thanking them for their work, friendship, sense of style, etc.