Two of the most important things in our lives. Gratitude and love.

It is very important to your brain to have both in your life in one way or another. To express both daily.

For love, to express it to someone or something.

For gratitude, to be expressed.

Here is the best part:

I can show you a way to do both every day in the best and most productive way possible.

You might think “I don’t need this guy to tell me how to love or give thanks. I think I know how to do that all by myself, thank you. See I am expressing gratitude already!”

I must stress having an open mind, here.  Check these out.


Just think simple. Take 3 or 4 minutes to think about a few things you are grateful for today.

  • It could be the song you heard today that you haven’t heard in forever and brought back an awesome memory.
  • Watching your son do something nice for his baby sister.
  • The fact that you got that big project done at work today.
  • Those flowers you planted in your garden finally took root and looking beautiful.

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It could be anything. It’s simple. And you having your brain do this on an everyday basis will bring awesome things to you in return.

Sure, it has to be genuine. That’s why you can’t go around just thanking people. Or making people do things for you to be thankful for.

Your brain knows the difference.

Don’t make it hard. It doesn’t have to be.

This one may be a bit hard for you to grasp, but I would like you to give it a try anyways.

I want you to think about something you did today or a quality that you have that made you proud of yourself today.

What is it that you can do that people admire you for or at least fascinated  by?  Do you know all the monologues by heart in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction? Do you make a mean grilled cheese sandwich? Are you a big animal person? Maybe you can bend it like Beckham.

It could be anything.  The big thing here is the idea of you appreciating yourself for you.

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You may think that this is a no-brainer, but it’s not.

It has been suggested that all of us have a child within us that never received the love and appreciation we deserved.

Now don’t go yelling at your parents that they didn’t give you what you needed. They did the best they could with what they knew.  Plus they had the same experiences with not enough love and appreciation from their parents most likely.

But with the knowledge I just shared with you, you can change that vicious cycle by knowing that you are responsible for your life and what happens to you. You can take charge and love yourself.

That is the most important thing anyways.

I got both these ‘exercises’ from Vishen’s new book Code of the Extraordinary Mind which I am in the process of reading. Practice these on a regular basis faithfully and you will see positive change in your life.

It is important to note that even the smallest of thoughts in the direction of these exercises helps your brain in a large way.  You should congratulate for the smallest of victories.

Let me know what you thought of these new found ‘tools’ as i would love to hear them. Also please share this post with people you think would value them.

namaste OYL