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 Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

I once took a personality test that claimed one of my top strengths was gratitude.  I’d like to believe that this claim is true, but recently I have been truly tested in my personal life.  In this recent struggle, I have often found myself questioning why bad things happen to good people or why bad things happen all at once. It is at those times of sadness, fear and doubt that gratitude has served me the most.

In my willPower infusion® and yoga classes, I typically ask my students to think of at least one thing they are grateful for at that very moment and then bow their heads to their hearts to honor that simple vibration. I do this because it is the quickest way to change a negative attitude to a positive one.

willPower infusion®Gratitude truly has the power to shift your energy because it taps into the vibrations of the heart.  People can be moved and inspired to do great things when engaging in these kinds of expressions. In fact, it is believed that this type of shift can even effect the greater good of the entire planet.

So, when do we turn on the gratitude? Dr. Bill Larkin, author of Growing the Positive Mind  believes that we should reflect on pulses of gratitude 10 times for 10 seconds each. This can lead a person to other primary positive emotion pulsing practices of love, peace, hope and joy.  According to Dr. Larkin this helps build “emotional muscle.”

If you take part in social media, you may have recently noticed many people reflecting on what they are grateful for publicly. I myself as well as other willPower instructors take part in a group called Every Day Gratitude started by Melody Lima, a fellow yoga instructor in NJ. If you aren’t in to publicly saying thank you, consider keeping a journal or adding a gratitude ritual with your family at dinner time.

However you decide to reflect, at the very least, don’t wait until Thanksgiving to practice gratitude. For a happier and healthier you, practice gratitude every day.

Jennifer DeLuccia

Jennifer DeLuccia

Jennifer considers herself lucky to have made her passion her career! Her professional fitness experience of over a decade boasts multiple nationally accredited certifications including 500hr. RYT for yoga helps to keep her students safe and motivated. Jennifer is a EBFA Barefoot Training Specialist, and spent 4+ years as a national master instructor for The willPower Method® and a dedicated contributor to willPower infusion®.


  1. Jennifer DeLuccia
    Jennifer DeLuccia
    Thursday, November 28th, 2013 at 5:06 am ·

    Thank you ladies;) I’m so grateful to know all of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Meg McNeely
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 9:11 pm ·

    Very lovely, just like the writer. There’s always something to be grateful for!

  3. Joanna Ward
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 1:14 pm ·

    Beautiful Jen! So true! This is one of the many reasons I love you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Melody Lima
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 12:13 pm ·

    What a lovely shout out on my favorite holiday. Happy Thanksgiving Jen!

  5. Cindy Frary
    Cindy Frary
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 11:17 am ·

    Love this Jen. I love you for simply being you. I have learned to express a softer side in my voice, and in my actions. And I think this is because of your beautiful grace and kindness. xoxo