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In this presentation, I share my experiences with the power of a daily Gratitude Practice. Here are some links to help you with more information:
drspikecook.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/spikecook/

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How to Develop a Gratitude Practice

  1. 1. How to Develop a Gratitude Practice Spike C. Cook, Ed.D. January 2018
  2. 2. Start with Why? • Has been found to lower stress • Helps develop a new perspective on your world • Can help you track areas in your life that are working well • Provides a reflective, personal space for YOU!
  3. 3. What is a Gratitude Journal? • A daily journal (either on computer, phone or traditional notebook) • A compilation of areas from your daily experience • A simple record of things you feel grateful for
  4. 4. Step One • Find your time. For me it's in the morning when I wake up. • For you it could be in the evening or maybe even midday at lunch. Find a time and stick with it.
  5. 5. Step Two • Find your medium. For me it's my phone. I use the "Notes" application and I just type away. • You could use a written journal or even a desktop version. Use whatever works best and is easiest for you.
  6. 6. Step 3 • Reflect on the previous day. Take a few minutes to get centered. • I sit in a chair with my device and think about the previous day.
  7. 7. Step 4 • Write your Gratitude List. I write 5 things everyday. Some days are more difficult than others. • Start with the morning and go through your day sequentially if needed.
  8. 8. Step 5 • Gratitude Meditation. This is the best part of the process for me. I remain seated in the chair and take 3 breaths to become centered. I then look at the list and I read it to myself one at a time. I then say, "I am grateful for .... and I read one." I then take a breath in between each item on the list. I then re read each of the items on the list and after each I say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."
  9. 9. Reflection Take a few minutes and think about 5 things you are grateful for in your life right now Write these 5 things down and then take a few minutes to ground yourself with breathing as you reflect on this gratitude list How did this make you feel?
  10. 10. For More Information • Spike C. Cook, Ed.D., Principal, Lakeside Middle School, Millville, NJ. In addition to being a Principal, Dr. Cook published two book through Corwin Press (Connected Leadership:It’s Just a Click Away; Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader). He is the co- host of the popular PrincipaPLN podcast and his blog, Insights Into Learning, was recognized as a finalist for Best Administrator Blog by the EduBlog Awards. Connect with @drspikecook via Twitter.

In this presentation, I share my experiences with the power of a daily Gratitude Practice. Here are some links to help you with more information: drspikecook.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/spikecook/

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