You know, gratitude is one of the basic ingredients of happiness.
If you inject 5 minutes of gratitude in your days (better if at night, just before going to bed) I can guarantee you’ll feel way better.
Some days ago I received this message from bestselling author Ted Nicholas…
It truly resonated with all the things I discussed for years on this blog and reminded me how to take this little gratitude routine even further, and make it part of my New Year planning:
“With all the negativity and fear in the world right now, it’s easy to forget our many blessings.
I was inspired when I received a Christmas card from a good friend in Germany that described several of the examples I give below. I added several more and, as a valuable friend, I decided to share them with you.
If you have:
– Healthy food in the refrigerator
– A solid roof overhead
– A safe place to sleep
– Clothes on your back
You are richer than 75% of the people in the world.
Plus, think of these life-serving benefits:
– You can choose a mate of your choice
– Support any charity you choose
– Discover new things in the two best ways known to man: (1) reading; (2) traveling
– Choose or change your career, not just once, but several times in your life if you wish
– Experience the rewards of parenthood or adoption
– Befriend outstanding people from whom you can learn
– Improve your biggest asset—your health—via your diet and exercise habits
– Listen to the world’s best music live, on CD and digitally downloaded
– Discover the joy of dancing if you so choose
– Learn to appreciate the amazing beauty of nature
If you have money in the bank and in your wallet–you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
If you have never experienced—
— The danger of battle
— The loneliness of imprisonment
— The agony of torture
— Or the pangs of starvation…
You are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death…
You are more blessed than 3 billion people in the world.
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing. You are not one of the world’s 780 million people who cannot read…
A couple you know is thinking of you and wishing you the happiest and most blessed New Year of your life.
Outstanding guy, Ted.
By the way, if you do not know who he is, go listen to this interview.
A truly great marketer and entrepreneur, who taught people how to self-publish and sell books long before the internet allowed people to easily skip the big publishing houses grip.
And indeed, he’s the one who said “Most publishers are good at distributing books but they are very bad at marketing books“, after having shown the world how to exactly do that, in an incredible manner.
In direct marketing and copywriting, he’s renowned and often quoted for his “secret benefit” idea, which helped an embarrassing number of people making MILLIONS of dollars with their sales letters.
Want to learn more on gratitude, through stories and real-life examples?
Then check out this book by Oliver Sacks, another one of my favorite authors: