In middle school, I had a teacher who, almost every day, would ask us what a good word for the day was. After the first few weeks in class, we were all conditioned to reply, “rejoice.” He would then ask, “why?” We would collectively reply, “this is the day the Lord has made.” I didn’t realize it then, but he was teaching us simple gratitude through expressing joy.

Gratitude. It may not be the first thing we think of when our cup of joy feels empty, but it is THE thing we should focus on to help us fill that cup back up. Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Today, write down five things that you are grateful for in the moment. They can be as simple as eating breakfast, or as large as buying a new home, and everything in between. Challenge yourself to do this any time you need to exercise gratitude.

“This is the day that the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24 KJV

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