Gratitude and Joy

daring greatly, brene brownI’ve been reading Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown for a few weeks now (I picked up a copy on my way to NYC) and really enjoy her insights and research shared in the book. This is the first of her books that I have read (any other favorites I should read?). Last night I finished reading a section on gratitude as the antidote for foreboding joy.

Basically, foreboding joy is when you look at how peacefully your kids are sleeping and then you quickly have thoughts of something terrible happening to them. Instead of simply enjoying the moment, you get caught up in the creation of an imaginary disaster. What Brown has found in her research is that gratitude is actually the remedy for foreboding joy. And not simply being grateful, but those who have an active gratitude practice are the ones who are able to avoid imagining these terrible scenarios.

Gratitude Tip: When you are focused on scarcity and fear, this leads to foreboding joy. When you focus on a abundance and practicing gratitude, you are able to experience joy, simply and blissfully.


You may not realize how powerful your daily gratitude practice is until you are faced with a difficult and challenging situation. In the meantime, check in next time you’re feeling true joy – and if you’re able to stay in the moment and enjoy it (without your mind wandering to a potential disaster scenario), then you are effectively practicing daily gratitude.

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