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    Thanks, coming from roots pancian and thankojen meaning ‘to reward or recompense things pleasing to the mind.’ Your brain works like a DVR - it records everything you think, say, see, experience, and perceive. If you re record the good, positive elements , you can replay that video whenever you want, thus lifting your body, mind and life, internally and externally.
    In highlighting everything that is good, you have less time, energy and mere mental space to focus on what is bad and what went wrong. In doing so, you innately shift your internal perspective, thus becoming happier, more energetic, and less stressed almost automatically. By focusing you on the positive, #RealThanks gives you the fuel to take on the present. It sustains who you are, and in doing so allows you to chase who you want to be.
    Thanks. Real Thanks.
    How do you start? First start by giving #RealThanks to the obvious but often neglected - Thanks to our body. Our mind. Our health. Our job. Our freedom. Our friends. Our family. Our food. Our teachers. Our mentors. Our ability to hear music. Our ability to breathe. Our ability to see. Our ability to move. Our ability to think. Our planet. Thanks to the life we have been given to live.
    Then, a little gift from me to you - use code REALTHANKS for 50% OFF on any of our online videos through the holiday (11:59PM, 26 November 2017) on RETOX.YOGA .
    So, cast aside what you do not have and instead take a moment to simply take a deep breath, go sweat, and reflect on everything you do have. That’s real. That&rsquos thanks. That’s #RealThanks
    xx,
    Lauren
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    Why Thanks is the New Gratitude.

    Call me a hater, but I am over gratitude.  And believe it or not, I think it was my transition from Wall Street to the Wellness world that has caused the series of winces, eye rolls and sighs that happen every time I see the word #-ed or scribbled across a photo of someone making a heart shape with their hands.  What is it about ‘gratitude,’ the word, despite my total accordance with its essence, that has made us immune to giving thanks? And why must we overcome it?

    Gratitude stems from the roots, grat, which means pleasing, and gratis, which means free.  In the 1550s it was used to describe things pleasing to the mind.  Today we know that practicing gratitude makes you happier.  In highlighting everything that is good, you have less time, energy and mere mental space to focus on what is bad and what went wrong.  In doing so, you innately shift your internal perspective, thus becoming happier, more energetic, and less stressed almost automatically.

    Your brain works like a DVR (or for those of us over 35, VCR).  It records everything you think, say, see, experience, and perceive.  If you re record the good, positive elements - i.e. what you are grateful for - you can replay that video whenever you want, thus lifting your spirits internally and externally. Gratitude simply requires reflecting on everything good around you and giving thanks for it.

    Thanks.  This I, like you, may find to be far more palpable, tangible, and real that the often overused, ‘gratitude.’  Thanks is what we need to have, what we need to share, what we must imbibe.  

    More specifically, we must give thanks for what we have been given.

    Thanks to our body. Our muscles. Our organs. Our skin. Our mind. Our thoughts. Our health. Our job. Our freedom. Our friends. Our family. Our food. Our teachers. Our mentors. Our ability to hear music. Our ability to breathe. Our ability to see. Our ability to move. Our ability to think. The roof over our heads. The gadgets in front of us. Our planet. Thanks to the life we 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 what we have been given, and focus, instead, on what we do not have, and then swiftly cover that up with a translucent veil of ‘gratitude.’

    So today I ask you to take a step back, take a breath, and go one step deeper, but also one step simpler, from gratitude to thanks.  Cast aside what you do not have and instead take a moment to simply take a deep breath and reflect on everything you do have. That’s real thanks.

    By focusing you on the positive, thanks gives you the fuel to take on the present.  It sustains who you are, and in doing so allows you to chase who you want to be. Which is a dream we all should give thanks for.

    With love, thanks and #gratitude.

    Lauren Imparato

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    GRATITUDE SMATITUDE

    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.
    xx,
    L

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    Looking for some tunes?  Take a look at the &lsquotude 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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    Add just one of these in a day and you will be ready for anything- and to eat anything too :)

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