“Change your thoughts, and you change your world” Norman Vincent Peale Experts say that if you have real gratitude for everything in your life, you will never want for anything. Is this true or even possible? For some of us, thinking positive thoughts doesn’t come very naturally. We may be worriers by nature. Gratitude and positivity are something that we need to practice in our everyday lives. If we can wake up each morning and learn to see all of the wonderful things that we have going for us, we can live much happier lives and good things will come to us in abundance. There is a woman that I see at the gym on a regular basis in my yoga class. I was a little down about my upcoming birthday last week and she told me that she was turning 80 in March. She takes no medications for any ailments. She is in fabulous shape and can do more than the 20 and 30 somethings that are there. I told her she is my hero. I would love to think that when I’m turning 80, I will still be going to the gym. She has such a positive attitude about her it’s infectious. This is amazing to me. And I believe that part of her exceptional health is because of her positive outlook on life. I’m sure her life hasn’t been perfect, but she hasn’t let the speed bumps that we all experience slow her down. She is a perfect example of gratitude and positivity. You may be asking, how can I learn to be more positive? Embrace your passions. Do what you love and celebrate what makes you unique. Force yourself each day to think about all the good things in your life and be consciously grateful. The latest book from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive is a great inspirational read. And be sure to check out The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. At www.thesecret.tv you can sign up for periodic email messages of inspiration and gratitude.