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    I find gratitude to be quite an esoteric word, despite my total accordance with it. What I find to be far more palpable, tangible, and real, though, is something so simple, it is easy to forget: Give thanks for what you have been given.

    Give thanks for what you have been given.
    Your body. Your muscles. Your organs. Your skin. Your mind. Your thoughts. Your health. Your job. Your freedom. Your friends. Your family. Your food. Your palate. Your ability to hear music. Your ability to breathe. Your ability to see. Your ability to move. Your ability to think. The roof over your head. The gadget in front of you. The life you have been given to live.

    Even on the most dreadful of days you can likely give thanks for at least one, if not all, of these. But it can be so easy to forget easy to forget what we have been given, and focus, instead, on what we do not have.

    So today, and this week, take a step back, and cast aside what you want and what you do not have. Instead take a moment to simply give thanks for what you have been given.

    Chances are that in doing so your inside you, and the people around you, will be giving thanks that you did.

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    Looking for some tunes?  Take a look at the ‘tude for Gratitude playlist we made for Well+Good.  Perfect for the days and weeks to come

    This playlist offers a chance to listen, step back, and reflect (and with everything from Elvis to hip-hop, it’s not too earnest or serious). Don’t get bogged down in what you don’t have. Instead, take a moment to give thanks for all you’ve been given! —Lauren Imparato, as told to Well+Good

    Playlist: Lauren Imparato’s ‘Tude for Gratitude
    1. Trying To Get To You (Live 1968 Comeback Special)–Elvis Presley
    2. Feel The Love (Kill Paris Remix)–Rudimental
    3. I Got U–Duke Dumont
    4. Be Nice–Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs
    5.  You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover–The Strypes
    6. All About That Bass–Meghan Trainor
    7. New York, New York–Ryan Adams
    8. Let Me Love You (LeMarquis Remix)–Mario
    9. The Start of Something–Voxtrot
    10. Thank You (Remix of Jay-Z)–Shakka
    11. Today–The Smashing Pumpkins
    12. Thank God–Malcolm and Martin
    13. Chinese Fountain–The Growlers
    14. Today Was A Good Day–Ice Cube
    15. Pen–Glenn Miller Orchestra

    (abridged version on spotify)

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    Sautéed kale, roasted broccoli, candied pecans, avocado in sherry vinaigrette. I had restaurant combine them into a salad for me. They added a shaved egg … It adds color!

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    Add just one of these in a day and you will be ready for anything- and to eat anything too :)

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    Tips for Travel Anxiety:

    Yes, you have to get on that plane, sit in traffic, or bobble down the train.  It is often part of the reality of the holidays these days, and that’s ok.  Here are 4 tips to get you to your destination serenely, with a dash of hot and happy as well.

    1. Pack the Night before.  Packing the day of, although it seems to be efficient, adds to mental clutter and stress.  Pack it up before you go to bed the eve before you leave and you will instantly reduce your stress levels.

    2.  Go Green.  Make sure you load up with greens the day before you travel.  This will make you feel better, mentally and actually, about the travel.

    3. Do 5-15 minutes of yoga wherever you are.  Audio classes on itunes (artist I.AM.YOU. studio) and video classes here: www.IAMYOUstudio.com/yogavideo)

    4.  Look at it as time for yourself.  Once you get on the plane or train, try and put yourself in a bubble and take advantage of the rare time for yourself.  read, binge on your favorite scandalous series, or just stare into space.

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