Practicing gratitude: Lessons learned from duct tape and diarrhea

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?

Recommended resources:


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  • Grant AM, et al. “A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way: Explaining Why Gratitude Expressions Motivate Prosocial Behavior,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (June 2010): Vol. 98, No. 6, pp. 946–55.
  • Lambert NM, et al. “Expressing Gratitude to a Partner Leads to More Relationship Maintenance Behavior,” Emotion (Feb. 2011): Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 52–60.

Josh is the creative force behind Badge of Awesome, where he noodles and doodles about life and the lessons learned from it. He's the author of Simply Blunderful and creator of The Overcoming Obstacles Toolkit.

One thought on “Practicing gratitude: Lessons learned from duct tape and diarrhea

  1. Rob S says:

    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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