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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #129 – Gratitude is Good for You
November 22, 2015

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

November 22, 2015
Issue #129 – Gratitude is Good for You

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: Eat, Pray and Listen
Featured Article: Gratitude is Good for You
Featured Resource: Getting Started with Your Personal History

Opening Remarks: Eat, Pray and Listen

Thanksgiving is in a few days. It is the traditional holiday of gratitude. I like gathering with family, eating a good meal and being grateful. Life is quite the journey and there are ups and downs. But overall, what a wonderful thing our lives are.

Borrowing from Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir title, Eat, Pray, Love, and tweaking it a bit, this Thanksgiving I plan to “eat, pray and listen”. Our family will gather around the table and we will give prayerful thanks for our blessings and enjoy a hearty meal. We will also talk and share stories. The stories are part of our history, worth sharing and preserving. So take the time to listen. Maybe you will even do what StoryCorps is encouraging for the holiday – The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Gratitude is Good for You

By Tom Gilbert - Copyright © November, 2015

You’ve probably been taught to say “thank you” when someone does something nice for you. According to a fair amount of research it’s not just good manners, it’s also good for you. In fact, having an attitude of gratitude is a great way to improve your physical, emotional and mental health. I’ve long suspected this. On the GGSC Science of Meaningful Life) website I found supporting information about how gratitude is good for you. According to Robert Emmons, a leading expert on the science of gratitude, you can cultivate gratitude with lists, letters and a gratitude journal. He calls gratitude an “affirmation of goodness”. You can read more with Emmons’ article Why Gratitude Is Good.

This is good news for anyone working on their memoir or life story.

I will frequently write in my journal about the things I am grateful for. I record those times when I am grateful and why. It is important how it makes me feel and I have discovered that I need to write about this as it helps me put into perspective the totality of my experiences. It is often all too easy to complain and feel like things aren’t good, when in actuality I have many things to be grateful for on a daily basis. If you haven’t yet tried making a gratitude list I highly recommend it.

The Thanksgiving Holiday is an excellent time to get reflective as you gather with family for the traditional meal. Make time to tell others what you appreciate about them. Give thanks for the stories and values passed down to you from family elders. Listen to the wisdom, experience the sensation that being thankful has on your for knowing more about your family history. Your journey will surely have its ups and downs, but the hard times help us grow and so you can even be grateful for your difficulties.

You can read other life story articles here.

Featured Resource: Getting Started with Your Personal History

So you want to learn how to tell your story or find someone to write a book about your life. That's what I encourage through my services and site, Your Life Is Your Story.

Get Started with a request for more information. Go to Resources to find out ways to tell your story or do it yourself.Read articles I have written to get a better idea. And check out the Association of Personal Historians to find someone to work with and get more information about doing a project.

Costs vary as every project is different, but to do a book-length project that includes a printed/bound finished book will be an investment of time and money. It depends on the quality you want. Think about taking a vacation. Are you going camping with a tent, cooler, driving to the campground and paying the camp site fee? Or are you going on a cruise with wonderful ports of call and lots of great food and adventure?

The most inexpensive route is to do it yourself. And there are guides to help with that (some good ones are the MemoryGrabber and Turning Memories into Memoirs). I own a copy of both and they are full of valuable and helpful resources.

If you want a well-written final product that showcases your life in a way you will be proud of then consider hiring a professional. People don't object to paying plumbers, contractors, lawyers and doctors a fair wage for important needs. The investment of a life story can be an incredible legacy you leave to your family, friends and the world. I say this only because so many people want to preserve their story, but then don't pursue it when they realize the cost is like going on a good vacation or buying a car.

Take the first steps above and get started with your personal history.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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