Its power cannot be understood by intellectual analysis and rational deduction. You will only know its secrets through practical experience – Leo Searle Hawkins
This is an interesting perspective on how to turn negative experiences into Gratitude. Knowing what I know about the work of Dr. Robert Emmons and Lee Brower, I would alter Mr. Hawkins’ process in these ways:
1. Ask “How might I” or “Can I” be “thankful” (in the case of a person) or “appreciative” (in the case of an event or circumstance). This triggers the creative elements of “The Empowering Question”;
2. Robert Emmons has a series of questions that delve deeper into the positives that come out of negative experiences. For example:
– As a result of this event, what kinds of things do you now feel thankful or grateful for? How have you grown?
– Were there personal strengths that grew out of your experience?
– How has the event put your life into perspective?
– How has the event helped you appreciate the truly important people and things in your life?
3. Finally, Mr. Hawkins implies but doesn’t state that Gratitude is a practice, a way of being, that takes conscious effort.
Leo Searle Hawkins shows us how the power of gratitude dissolves the sense of something lacking in our lives, and how what remains is the feeling of true fulfillment.
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