The Power of Gratitude

The-Power-of-GratitudeI really do believe that being grateful is a gift that keeps on giving. This is not to deny that life is hard, filled with challenges and unpleasantries. It is. But we can choose to be grateful, to recognize the blessings that we have, and I feel bolstered by the evidence quoted in Arthur C. Brooks’ recent New York Times article that suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude and that doing so raises our happiness.

Being grateful is one of the enduring messages delivered to our Generation WOW high school girls whose enthusiasm and energy filled the Robinson Theatre at UNF in early November. It was there that the leaders of today, our outstanding Generation W women, connected with our leaders of tomorrow, our Generation WOW girls, for the opportunity to learn about the positive and the possible. Among the feedback was a feeling of gratitude for the opportunity and that translates into elevated feelings of happiness and well-being. It is a gift that keeps on giving.

It is that feeling that will be delivered on February 6th when hundreds of volunteers will enthusiastically assemble — this includes YOU — so please save the date for the 2nd annual Generation WORKS event, where we come together as a community to transform our city for the greater good, and in the process we transform ourselves!

My cup runneth over… and yes, at times it feels like I could drown in it. But it is taking that bit of time every day to acknowledge just how much there is to be grateful for. It provides the oxygen and the energy to keep moving forward. So, to all of you in our Generation W community, thanks for being who you are and for all you do. To my family whom I adore, and my friends whom I adore and for my colleagues and the wonderful people in my life whom I adore… have the happiest and most joyous of Thanksgivings.

With the deepest of gratitude,



PS. REMEMBER to mark your calendars for Generation W – April 8th, 2016. You will be grateful that you did.