Today I spoke with my longtime friend, Rabbi Debra Orenstein, about a topic that she cares deeply about: gratitude.
In the 54-minute conversation, Debra shared her powerful and compassionate insights about gratitude, life, productivity, peace and joy:
- Why our obsession with productivity actually gets in the way of gratitude and, ironically, true productivity.
- The number one enemy of happiness: our habit of comparison.
- The link between feeling deprived and feeling entitled.
- How to lick the habit of complaining.
- The two words that help when we’re on a rant.
- How we can play mental and linguistic tricks on ourselves to put ourselves in a good mood.
- The incredible long-lasting power of a “gratitude letter” – and how to write and deliver one.
- How to harness the power of curiosity to overcome ingratitude.
- Why abundance can make us ungrateful.
- How marketing that harnesses the power of gratitude leads to longer-lasting customer engagement.
- The 80/20 gratitude secret of frozen yogurt punch-cards.
- A definition of idolatry – and it surprised the hell out of me!
I left this conversation feeling so uplifted! My hope and intention is that Rabbi Debra’s words will have the same effect on you.
For more from Rabbi Debra: RabbiDebra.com
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