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Dave Elliott Dave Elliott relationship guru. cupid assister. blessing counter.

Dave Elliott is a relationship expert and coach who founded Legendary Love For Life. He develops content and products, and blogs for a number of relationship websites. [www.legendaryloveforlife.com]

Until I agreed to do it, it hadn’t occurred to me just how daunting it is to sum up what’s meaningful to me in one word. In an age where the world is perhaps more complex and polarized than ever, how do I choose one word that resonates with me and at the same time provides value for you?

I considered many options: love, honor, authenticity, service. Any of those could have been compelling. Yet it’s the word gratitude that feels right.

In my business, which is literally and figuratively a labor of love, gratitude has been the fuel that drives me. As a relationship coach who works with clients all over the world, I get to see my clients transform, heal their deepest wounds, and become empowered by love.

My personal life has also been transformed by the power of gratitude. I’ve attracted an amazing woman who has joined me in doing this powerful work. When we met, we dreamed of traveling the world together as we inspired others, and that dream is steadily becoming reality. We make gratitude a daily practice by finishing each night with a review of five great things that happened that day. That ritual has only reinforced what we know – that where focus goes, energy flows – as we continue to attract more and more good things.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of a life lived in gratitude is that when things pop up that may not seem good or desirable in the moment, I know that since there is no good or bad, the causes will be revealed in the future. We can train ourselves to manage our inner states and find empowering meaning when something unexpected happens, by asking one simple question that changes everything: “You know what’s great about that?”

As I look back on my life, I remember that what I once thought were my worst days were actually the precursors to my best days. From my divorce came a love better than I’ve never known and a living that I love. From a couple of bad bosses came my favorite boss of all: me. From my challenges and obstacles, I’ve grown stronger and wiser. I feel connected, directed, and protected, and I don’t think life is happening to me. Life is happening for me … and for that, I’m very grateful.

– Dave Elliott

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