5 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

bigstock-Thankful-22579472At this time of year, Thanksgiving traditions are re-enacted with care; we spend time with loved ones and friends, and the memories from the passing of years envelope us.  We are usually asked at some point over the long weekend to ponder the aspects of our lives for which we are grateful.  Many are in survival mode raising their young families.  Many don’t have others with whom to celebrate and commune and feel a void within.  Many begin making mental notes of the things that they don’t have or the aspects of their lives that are not going the way they want them to.  Why is it important for us to cultivate gratitude?  And how do we go about it?

Below are 5 reasons why it is important to cultivate gratitude and how to do it:

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