A Little Gratitude Exercise

 John Morton, MSIA Spiritual Director, and John-Roger, PAL&G & MSIA Founder, at a Thanksgiving Dinner held at PAL&G in 2012.

John Morton, MSIA Spiritual Director, and John-Roger, PAL&G & MSIA Founder, at a Thanksgiving Dinner held at PAL&G in 2012.

A Different Gratitude Exercise to Try

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, people often focus on the most heartwarming quality of gratitude, which is what the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday is all about.

People often make lists of things they are grateful for because it is such an uplifting thing to do.

Here is a variation, a little exercise that John-Roger, PAL&G Founder once gave.

At first I thought it was the same exercise mentioned above: simply focus on what we are grateful for. But when I read and followed this exercise, I found it had a different “twist” to it - one that was immensely more heart opening for me!

Try it and see how it works for you.

Gratitude Exercise by John-Roger, DSS

1) Make a list of the people, things and qualities in your life for which you are grateful. 

2) It might surprise you all of the abundance you have in your life.


How was that for you?

For me, instead of thinking of things I’m grateful for, when doing this little exercise, I thought of the many, many blessings I already have! Oh my goodness, how blessed I am. How grateful.


We wish you much love and blessings this Thanksgiving season. May your day be filled with even more blessings, giving, sharing and gratitude.

Give joyfully, with an attitude of gratitude for the blessings that already are.
— John-Roger, DSS

By Kim Guisinger