Gratitude glasses
Gratitude glasses...
Gratitude glasses...

Here is an exercise to get you thinking about your perspective and how might you view your challenges differently.

Doris Day is quoted as saying “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” Why not take a moment to test if this is true for you.  

Are you facing a challenging situation in your life?
Bring it to mind and take a moment to look at it through this lens.

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How does that make you feel?  Does it help the situation?

Now take a moment to look at the situation through this lens.

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How does that make you feel?  Does it help the situation?

What difference did you notice between the two?

1. Take a step back.
2. Take perspective.
3. Cultivate a sense of gratitude for:

  1. The positive circumstances in your life:
    Reflecting on the difficult circumstances of another can help you build an appreciation for the basic things you have in your life - a place to live, clean water, health, a peaceful environment.
  2. Your relationships:
    Choose a person you are close to and really feel how they enhance your life.
  3. Something positive in the challenge you are facing.

It may help you look at the world in a new light, or it may allow you to express your positive qualities - there is always a silver lining.

4. Use this sense of gratitude as a sense of conviction or resilience to return to your present challenge
Do you feel better equipped to deal with the challenge now?

5. Go one step further… use it for a greater good. Contribute to the Collective Positive Momentum
Offer the positive energy you have created - by practising Grtitude - to a greater good!

Whenever we think, speak or act with a positive intention, we generate positive energy in the world.
This energy can be directed towards something worthwhile.

You could offer it to…


… the recovery of a friend/family member who is sick


… all people affected in the refugee crises


… create more peace and harmony in the world


… FDCW, to continue to spread these much needed educational programmes and tools


… something else that touches you



And next time you're patient, take time to offer the positive energy out and...


Inspired by the results?  Found it useful?  
Cultivate gratitude regularly
•    Make a further pledge to yourself to cultivate gratitude
•    Encourage others to cultivate gratitude
•    Share your positive experience with others.  Submit a short story for our next newsletter (max 200 words).
Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Nov 30th 2016.