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A Simple Formula for a Joyful Life


I remember the exact place I discovered my FORMULA FOR LIFE.

I was walking across a small wooded field near my house when I stopped and noticed how I felt peaceful and calm but not particularly happy. As I contemplated the feeling, I became grateful for the experience of being peaceful. This expanded into overflowing joy.

From that day, over twenty years ago, this simple formula has been a guiding principle in my life.


Gratitude is the amplifier of joy. The appreciation of harmony in any situation can inspire contentment and even joy.

3-17-07 Will Hale – Tadpole Parade

I cannot have love
Without gratitude

To know love
Is to be blessed
Beyond comprehension

By grace alone
Love cannot be earned
What one is grateful for
Cannot be denied

Gratitude is always
A natural expression
of true love

Gratitude is not driven
by what you want
It is rooted in what you have

To be grateful
Is to be truly happy

“A breath and a heartbeat is all one needs to be grateful.” Will Hale 11-12-14

“The Gift of Life is given by Grace. We always have enough to have all we need.” Will Hale 10-6-18

“True love cannot exist without Gratitude.” Will Hale 1992

“Beauty by its nature sparks appreciation.” Will Hale 11-13-12

“Life can exist without gratitude but gratitude makes life beautiful.” Will Hale 10-27-15

“What you are grateful for, you cannot be denied.” Will Hale 6-9-94

“The only true prayer is a prayer of Gratitude.” Will Hale

“Thankfulness is the quickest path to joy.” Jefferson Bethke

“Gratitude is the ability to experience life as a gift.” John Ortberg

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Aesop

“Joy is vibrant peace.” Anna Brown

“We only need to appreciate what we have. There is no reason to wonder why we have it. You do not need to decide what is worthy of gratitude. Everything is worthy of gratitude. We are not made happy because of anything, we are made grateful by everything.” An excerpt from my first SoulSpring post Everything Is A Gift - Say Thank You! With Your Breath

Like E = mc2, throughout history we have often unlocked extremely complicated ideas with simple formulas.

There are no new truths but there is something profoundly useful about experiencing personal aha! moments. I encourage you to try this for yourself. Experiment with appreciation for everything.

Your comments and stories are always welcome.
Feel free to connect anytime. Thanks! Will Hale

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