Practice Gratitude Regulary

This past week, it was US Thanksgiving. When it’s Thanksgiving, people (generally) have a great time with friends and family, and have a wonderful, satisfying meal together.

And… most people take some time to consider what they are thankful for.

I am thankful for so many things. Including:

  • My Family and Friends
  • My Health
  • My profession, and the ability I have to help people on a day to day basis
  • The fact that I was born at the time I was (we live in amazing times, with incredible opportunities)
  • The fact that I was born in Canada (it may get cold here, but it is one of the best countries in the world, in my opinion)

And I’m also thankful to you - my blog reader or subscriber – because you’ve chosen to share your journey with ADD/ADHD with me, and you allow me to come onto your computer screen, or into your email inbox to share my thoughts, perspective and advice. I also really appreciate your comments, feedback and participation in the dialogue.

Now – I love Thanksgiving, and I think it is a wonderful yearly ritual.

And I encourage you to practice gratitude more regularly than once a year.

When I say ‘practice gratitude’, I mean that I encourage you to take a few moments, and quiet yourself down. Get comfortable, slow your breathing, and even close your eyes. Think about who and what you are grateful and thankful for. And then feel the feelings of gratitude and love for what you are focusing on. This exercise can take just a moment, and it can be tremendously helpful for you.

When you achieve a state of gratitude (with true feeling and emotion), it changes how you feel, as well as how you interact with the world and others. This can help you in our stressed out, overly busy world – especially if you have ADD/ADHD yourself, or if it’s in your family.

I encourage you to practice gratitude regularly – ideally daily.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Best,

Dr. Kenny

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Comments

  1. Dear Dr. Kenny,

    Thanks for your blog, and letting me use it to reflect on the blessings in life that I’m thankful for. Here are just a few:

    I am thankful that Dr. Kenny and a host of his friends made it possible for both rich and poor to be able to afford ADHD coaching courses online.

    I am thankful for Dr. Yang who was willing to treat an adult with ADHD from an office where is wasn’t politically correct to do so.

    I am thankful for a mother and dad who chose to make a financial sacrifice and send me to church school for eleven years. (What an awesome gift of love!)

    I am thankful for a mother who taught me how to bake, cook, and clean so that someday I wouldn’t be embarrassed when company comes over for a visit.

    I am thankful for my Dad who hired me to work for him in the summertime when I was old enough to say, “I wanna go to summer camp with Danny and Mickey this summer!” Those practical lessons learned in a family business provided endless resources in creating things to help students overseas.

    I am thankful that in 1972 there were friends and family who prayed for me while I was yet in a coma after a horrible bike-auto accident.

    I am thankful for a grandma who gave me her old typewriter when I was in grade 10. Little did she know how that skill might help me develop materials to help students in China, Japan and Thailand.

    I am thankful for a grandad who use to take me to doctor’s appointments. They got to be even more fun after I turned 15½. Usually about a block and a half away from home, he’d pull the car over to the curb, and with a grin from ear-to-ear, ask me, “Hey Kurt, did you bring your driver’s training permit with you?” (Never left home without it–as well as copies to all of dad’s car-and-truck keys!)

    I am thankful that medical technology has made great advancements in orthopaedic surgeries; yet after 14 total hip surgeries (and pushing 53) that I can still walk!

    I am thankful today for opportunities through the ADHD coaching class online, and medical intervention, to better understand, deal with, and live with Adult ADHD.

    I am thankful today for Shay Nay Nay René (my service cat) who welcomes me when I get home–instead of running away from the ‘holy terror.’

    I am thankful today for an honest, loving relationship with my Dad & Step Mom who’ve been encouraging and supportive in my learning how to live life on life’s terms.

    I am thankful for a comfortable place to live, with plenty of food in the fridge and cupboards, clean towels, and clean sheets. (Now if I could just muster the determination and will to put them on my bed!)

    I am thankful to look at both the good choices and bad choices made in life, and use them for direction in making better choices in the future.

    I am thankful for wisdom that (occasionally) comes with age. (If you need an operational definitions for ‘wisdom,’ it’s learning from the mistakes of others without feeling the need to continue with costly research-and-development.)

    I am thankful for my little brother, Stevie. God can see from the beginning to the end, and waited until I was mature enough to appreciate a little brother.

    I am thankful for a loving, redemptive Heavenly Father, who was thoughtful enough to put His corrective-action plan in writing–not only offering me forgiveness of past wrongs, but offering the desire to live a life far beyond my wildest dreams!

    In thanks & gratitude,

    kurt

    PS: Dr. Kenny, I know that someone already gave you a spelling-refresher-course. If you ever need an extra set of eyes to proofread (not re-write) anything–the service is yours (free) for the asking. That proofreading course from PACE Institute in 1984 has been a useful tool through the years–especially while teaching in China and Thailand.

    • Kurt – thank you for sharing your gratitude! What an outstanding comment…
      I’m grateful you took the time to share – I think it’s a great example for others.
      Best,
      Dr. Kenny

      p.s. thanks for the offer for proof reading…

      • It has been a lesson of life. I’ve observed selfish rich, selfish poor, generous rich, and generous poor folk for the better part of 50-years-plus.
        For some reason those who put ‘thanks’ + ‘giving’ into practice throughout the year–as opposed to considering it another ‘liturgical holiday’ tend to be happier folk, and tend to live longer.
        Dad taught me this principle through life-long, practical application, “If you are kind to women and kids throughout your life, sometimes the come back, and visit you when you are old.”

        kurt

        PS: I’m even thankful for my ADHD. Without it, perhaps I never would have been granted an opportunity to help as many children overseas in Asia.

  2. I practice gratitude all of the time throughout the year. My parents were both very grateful people, and I think I got this from them. Sometimes I get discouraged having ADHD, but I look on the bright side. I am very creative, and love to make art and crafts, so I do this to relax.

    Thanks for sharing, and I appreciate the opportunity to comment.

    • Patty,
      Thank you for sharing this. It’s great that your parents gave you the example of being grateful – that’s quite a gift. And it can really help when ADHD can be challenging at times…
      Best,
      Dr. Kenny

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