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Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D.Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

Thx: A 1 Minute Exercise

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: May 21st 2010

One of the gifts that come with being human is learning how to adapt to environments and manage complex situations. One of the ways the brain adapts is through a process of procedural memory. Procedural memory allows us to not have to think about how to drive a car, ride a bike, walk, eat, any procedure in life. However, this comes with its costs.

One of the things we lose out on in developing these routines of the mind is a sense of gratitude for what is here in our lives.

Leah Dieterich's blog was just pointed out to me. In her "thxthxthx: a thank you note a day" blog she reminds us that we can bring awareness to gratitude for things we would often never think to be thankful for.  

She actually practices writing thank you notes to Persons, Places, & Things!

Here is one as an example:











We can intentionally choose to be grateful each day even if the mind tells us there's nothing to be grateful for. There are such things, we just don't consider them very often, in other words, we can think outside the box.

Cultivating a grateful disposition is like anything else, practice, practice, practice.

Try Right Now:

If you were to write a thank you note today, who would you write it to and why are you waiting?

Go ahead and pick up a pen or open up your email and write out a thank you note right now. This only needs to take a minute or less.

If you're mind comes up with judgments or saying it's too busy, keep in mind that you just spent time to read this blog in the same amount of time.

Go ahead, who or what can you write a thank you note to today?

Please share below either your thank you notes or who or what you were thankful to. Your writings below create a living wisdom that goes on to benefit us all.  

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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Thanks for simple and affective article - Aamer - May 22nd 2010

Dear Elisha Goldstein,

Thanks for simple and affective article.

It changed my view, an attitude .

Thanks and regards



God ... Thank You ! - Areej Shehri - May 22nd 2010

Dear God,

Thank you for making my dream coming true, by marrying the man of my life, the one i've been in love with for years!! thank you for making me waking up this morning, healthy and able to walk, see and feel ! I'm grateful for everyhting you gave me and took it for granted ! Thank You GOD <3

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