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Nov 16, 2016

Toolkit for Transformation: Become GRATITUDE

There’s evidence from a variety of research studies that when we are able to shift our emotional state into gratitude, our physiology follows. We’re able to think of creative solutions and find new ways of solving the problems we’re faced with. So, the next time you find yourself stuck, hit the pause button and spend a few minutes in gratitude. Then, notice what happens when you refocus your attention on the original issue.


List 10 things or people or places you feel gratitude toward.

Begin to feel gratitude throughout your body. Allow this feeling to surround your current situation. 

Start your list:






Breathe in the feeling of gratitude.






What would you do if you could approach this situation in an attitude of gratitude?


Create your own intrapersonal “Toolkit”!

Try spending just a few minutes making a list of your own “go-to”, internal tools – those strategies that you’ve found even a little helpful when you’ve felt stressed or overwhelmed.  Writing them down will help you remember them in times of trouble. AND, if you practice when you’re NOT under stress, it becomes easier to remember when you ARE!

Each week, this blog presents a simple-to-use tool for you to use. My post will highlight a tool or strategy from a variety of psychological, spiritual, energy-based, complementary, and integrative approaches.

Try them, then add to your own list.

The strategies this blog describes could help you change your negative energy into positive or shift your self-defeating thoughts into ones that support you better. The tools have been tested by many of my clients – as well as myself – helping them to manage and transform difficult the feelings, concerns, and situations that you may also be facing. 


Know that it may take several tries – practice – before you feel a huge shift, but keep at it! You might find changing just one thing in how you approach a challenge in your life brings at least some relief.
Suzan K. Thompson, Ph.D. is a licensed professional counselor with over 30 years experience. She helps adults learn practical tools and strategies to manage anxiety, depression and trauma. For more tools please visit:

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