By Lisa Cypers Kamen, Harvesting Happiness

For one week I decided to take a small notebook, the kind you had in grade school with the mottled black and white bound cover, and write in it nightly everything I was grateful for before I went to sleep. This was part of an exercise I had heard about from a women who despite her advanced age, failing health and meager lifestyle had an abundance of wealth in her manner of speaking.   You would never expect this frail, sickly woman to speak of such wealth and abundance.   When I asked her the secret, she told me to start tonight writing down everything I was grateful for in my life.

The first night I wrote down basic things.  I was grateful for my health, my kids, my family, my home, my car, my friends.   The second night, determined not to repeat, I started to dig.  I was grateful for my clothes, for my lifestyle, for my eyesight and for my brain.  The third night I had to start digging deeper.  I was grateful I could walk. I could move my hands.  I could write a blog. I could use a computer. I could express my thoughts through a keyboard.  From being very grateful for large items to the smallest bits of my day I found myself feeling wealthy and immensely grateful.

By the end of the week I was pouring out gratitude. I was thankful for the ripe delicious peach. I was grateful for the clear blue sky.  I delighted in the spry little flowers pushing themselves up through the earth with all their majesty.  And what I realized by this exercise was that I was eternally grateful for my life and all the riches in it.  And the funny part of it was the things I was grateful for that money could buy could fill a tiny cup compared to the richness of my wealthy thinking for all we have.  I realized that the more grateful I am for the richness in my life, the more abundance I realized I had and the more reasons I had to be grateful.

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness. Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at and check out her websites at ,  , and   and listen to her on or download her show at

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