Leah Does Wellness: Gratitude

In this video, I talk about why gratitude is important and how, once you’ve realized that you’re grateful for things, how you can channel your gratitude to better others’ lives as well as your own.
The article I refer to: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/artic… (There are some awesome videos there too!)
’11 Ways To Feel Grateful For Whatever Life’s Thrown At You’:http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7487/1…
Want others to be grateful with?: http://thankfulfor.com

And here’s a little infographic-esque thing! Click the picture to make it bigger.

3 comments for “Leah Does Wellness: Gratitude

  1. lola
    February 10, 2013 at 1:59 am

    Omg wow. Really? I don’t think its appropriate to compare to starving kids in Africa? that is so dumb. Literally missing the whole point. You don’t know what they are going through BECAUSE YOU HAVE IT SO MUCH BETTER. The amount of privilege showing here is incredible. This is gross. Just lost a reader.

  2. February 10, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hey Lola,
    I’ve transcribed what I said in the video so that it’s clear:
    “And then there are always those people that say, like, ‘Oh, think about how good you have it – there are children dying in Africa’. And you’re like, no, I don’t think that to make yourself feel better it’s appropriate to compare your situation to those of children in Africa. You have no idea what they’re going through. I have no idea what they’re going through. Um, and, I don’t know, that’s always make me a little bit uncomfortable.”
    My intention when evoking children in Africa was not to flaunt my privilege (although gratitude is, essentially, recognizing that you have privilege and being grateful that you do). Instead, I was trying to show that the situation of someone living in a developed country like Canada is not comparable to the situation of someone who is starving in a developing country. The problems the two people experience are completely different. Further, I don’t find it appropriate to evoke starving children in Africa to make oneself feel better because it essentially reduces those people who are suffering to one aspect of their lives – it’s dehumanization, but on a more subtle scale.
    I’m sorry that I wasn’t clear in my video.
    Further, your IP address says that you’re from Oakville! I grew up there. I do hope that you recognize your own privilege and are grateful that you live in such a safe and beautiful town.

  3. February 10, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Lola, I hope you get a chance to read this. If you had provided a real UTOR email address, you would have received an email letting you know that I replied.
    And I totally forgot to mention – you sound like you’re the kind of person who might appreciate http://www.ciut.fm/shows/spoken-word/just-rights-radio/. You may have already heard about it – it’s a weekly program broadcast by CIUT. You should check it out.

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