Dallas, TX (PRWEB) March 9, 2010
If facing a life-threatening illness taught Michele Wahlder one thing, it's that living a gratitude-filled life--no matter what the circumstances--is not only possible, but incredibly powerful. Wahlder, a breast cancer survivor, says that her practice of gratitude began in the midst of grim circumstances: "My practice of gratitude really began when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, which may seem like a strange time to begin such a practice. I had lost my job, my boyfriend and my hair--things were looking pretty grim and depressing. One day, I had the idea to make a list of all of the things I could do and what I was grateful for and then to list the things I couldn't do. The gratitude list was huge! I was shocked. I started only focusing on those things and I felt full and abundant despite my illness."
Wahlder's practice of gratitude soon took the form of what she calls the "alphatude" method. By using the alphatude-- expressing gratitude in alphabetical order for the persons, places or things for which she was grateful--Wahlder soon realized that living a grateful life really is as easy as learning your ABCs. Inspired to write a book to share this simple and unexpected secret, Wahlder created Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude (ISBN: 978-0-9823645-0-5, Trade Paper, 128 pages, $12.95) now available wherever fine books are sold.
Wahlder who says she'd tried practicing gratitude throughout her life, finally found a methodical, structured way to practice gratitude when she discovered alphatudes: "The idea came to me at a time when I was not feeling grateful at all, and it was so difficult to focus on the things for which I was grateful. The process of going through the ABCs and thinking of words that began with A-, B-, C- and so on, gave the process structure and served as a beautiful, easy, and meaningful strategy for incorporating gratitude into my life in a consistent way."
Wahlder adds, "Research shows that positive people are generally happier, have more fulfilling relationships, advance more quickly in their careers, are healthier and have a greater overall sense of well-being. The ability to sustain a positive outlook on life is a beneficial by-product of the practice of gratitude. My hope in creating Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude is to provide an easy-to-implement, effective means of helping others find the wellspring of optimism, serenity and prosperity that comes from the simple practice of gratitude. In short, I want to share with others what I have discovered and show that through gratitude and optimism, you can learn to approach life's challenges with grace, gratitude and hope."
Michele Wahlder, MS, LPC, PCC, is an internationally recognized certified life and career coach, career counselor, inspirational speaker and gratitude enthusiast who is the founder of Life Possibilities, LLC. Honored as the Global Spokesperson for Bayer's Global MS Awareness Campaign, Wahlder understands firsthand the challenges associated with surviving a life-threatening illness and has allowed the experience to make her a stronger, more compassionate and grateful person. A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Michele Wahlder lives in Dallas, Texas, with her fiancé Michael, "bonus daughter" Zoe and Portuguese water dog Moses. Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude is Michele Wahlder's first book.
Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude is now available wherever fine books are sold. For more information about the book, please visit http://www.alphatudes.com. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Alphatudes: The Alphabet of Gratitude, or an interview with Michele Wahlder, are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone (615-297-9875)