Gratitude. What’s so special about it, how can we cultivate more of it in our lives and what does it have to do with a wicked case of diarrhea?

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One response to “Practicing gratitude: Lessons learned from duct tape and diarrhea”

  1. Dehydration is everybody’s business.

    Also, I sometimes start my mornings by thinking of three things I’m grateful for. It sets a really nice, happy start to the day.

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