Gratitude of the Day exercise….

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Gratitude From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gratitudethankfulnessgratefulness, or appreciation is a feeling or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive. The experience of gratitude has historically been a focus of several world religions,[1]

As I lay here in my hammock at 6:44am watching the sunrise over Solarte Island here in the Caribbean of Panama…I’m filled with gratitude.

As you hear in my video I shot above, this was an exercise that I was introduced to 8 years ago.

Keep a Gratitude journal….and write down 5 things you are Grateful for each morning.

When I first started, I was consistent for over a year with writing in my Gratitude journal, then as life goes…you miss a day, then another and so on.

Today, I’m getting back on track and will be consistent each day.

so, here’s the Gratitude of the Day exercise….

What am I Grateful for Today on Dec 16th, 2014:

  • Riding bikes with my daughter, Hanalei, to school each day.
  • My office view is the Caribbean Sea with beautiful mountain views of the Panama mainland
  • Almost fully recovered from double hernia surgery 2 months ago
  • Watching the sunrise over the Caribbean, while sipping on tasty Panamanian coffee.

I just did a quick Google search this morning on “Gratitude of the Day” and I found a
cool .pdf and a YouTube Ted Talk that I would like to share….

  • The Gratitude Challenge, a 21-day project by Tiny*Prints

  • YouTube:  Gratitude | Louie Schwartzberg | TEDxSF

Gratitude | Louie Schwartzberg | TEDxSF

If you enjoyed this Post, be sure to check out this Blog post from 1.5 years ago on Gratitude:


Cheers from the Caribbean of Panama…
Rhonda & Brian Swan

P.S.  Wondering how we have travelled the world for the last 6 years without a JOB living like a Freedom-Preneur?

P.S.S  This site will explain how we do it..


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  • Paul MacInnis

    Brian – great idea!!! Your list is amazing!!!

    • Brian Swan

      Thank you much, Paul 🙂

  • Regina

    sweet post. i remember seeing this video and once again i’m seeing it at the perfect time. =)

    • Brian Swan

      Gracias, @disqus_BgS6YuwMg4:disqus 🙂

  • Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Brian,

    Love this! I’m happy you’ve recovered so well from your surgery too….great to hear.

    I am huge on feeling amazing to start the day, and you best believe feeling grateful for all that I have is right at the top of the list, of things I do to feel grateful.

    You’re living the life in Panama!

    Love it!

    We’ve circled the globe for 44 months straight. Last year we had a 4 month house sit in Savusavu, Fiji and we just booked a 4 month house sit in Jimbaran, Bali. Crazy! Expressing gratitude has a magical effect on the Universe, as it simply gives you more things to be grateful for, when you’re grateful for your good. And heck, for ALL things in your life.

    Enjoy guys, and thanks for sharing!


  • Stephen Moody

    Awesome article, gratitude is a game changer in allowing people to start a new direction or journey altogether in life.

  • Di

    Hey Brian, I don’t write list,,, but I do say thank you for all the things in my life that Im grateful for. I love lists though and it would be better if I wrote a list and i find Im not as consistent when I write a list….. Love your blog


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