Daily Gratitude

The more I read and learn and live life, the more I am convinced that GRATITUDE is one of the highest emotions we can experience. What I mean by “highest” is the vibration that it gives us and sends out to others when we are in a state of gratitude. I have noticed that when I am in gratitude, the feeling is so overwhelmingly lovely, it is hard to explain. Gratitude is right up there with LOVE. I think those two emotions are the highest emotions on the emotions scale…with these emotions come JOY, APPRECIATION, EMPOWERMENT, and FREEDOM! Who doesn’t want to feel those emotions!?!?

It is so easy to complain, to want more, and to be envious of others.
But, with gratitude, what you have is enough!
I love this quote by Melody Beattie:

When you begin to be grateful for everything in your life, even the things you think were/are harmful and hurtful…that is when your life will begin to FLOURISH! You cannot have gratitude and complain at the same time, it is humanly impossible. Think about that. Every time you are blaming and complaining and grumbling about this or that, you are not in a state of gratitude. When you are in gratitude, you are letting life flow through you. You are attracting more awesome things into your life for which you will be grateful. It is a wonderful cycle to be in!

A simple example:You are complaining about having to do the dishes. If you shift your mindset to gratitude, you will be grateful for hot, running water. You will be thankful that you have arms and legs to do the dishes. You will be grateful that you had food to eat off those dishes…the gratefulness will go on and on…if you look for it!

I heard something one time, and it has stuck with me for many years: “If you and a bunch of people threw all your troubles into a pile, and you could take your pick, you would be more than happy to take yours back.” This in essence means that you pretty much have a lot to be grateful for, and that most people have it worse off than you do. If we focus on “poor me” that is what we will get. If we look at every little thing and have gratitude, we will thrive! Are you breathing right now? Do you have food to eat? Is the sun shining? Can you smell and see and touch? These are just the basics and we take them for granted all too often. Be grateful…we all have so much for which to be grateful!

I wrote an eBook, “10 Benefits of Gratitude”, that I want to give to you. I am doing this, because I am grateful for you! I am grateful that you are reading this post right now. I am grateful that you and I are growing together. I am grateful that I get to share my heart and thoughts and knowledge with you. I am grateful that you will share this eBook with other people who will also benefit! I am grateful for relationships and for my life! This eBook will show you 10 Benefits of Gratitude. There are many more benefits to having gratitude, but I wrote about the ten that seemed most important to the masses. I have also included 6 exercises that will help you move into daily gratitude. Your life will flourish if you put these to use, I promise!

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Take Action: This week and moving forward, let’s practice gratitude in every sense of the word. Let’s be grateful for the people, situations, and circumstances in our lives. Let’s be grateful for our past, our future, and our present. Let’s read this eBook and share it with others. Let’s put the daily exercises into practice and flourish!

Because Together is Better,


Comments

  1. Great quote! I pinned it to remind myself to be grateful for all that I have, even if it isn’t always what I “want”.

  2. Having food on the plates to even make them dirty…. What a great thing to be grateful for!
    Today, I’m grateful for the rain jacket my husband bought me. I’m grateful for the push-chair I had repaired that allowed our baby girl to be dry on our walk in the rain with the dog. I’m grateful the dog wanted to go for a walk in the rain and I’m grateful that I got to smell the fresh air, feel the rain and walk in the puddles, even at my age! 🙂

  3. I saw your blog this week 🙂 yay! Thank you for this! I think that remembering to add gratitude into our daily life really brings out the happy and helps show us just how many blessings we experience on a daily basis! <3 Mimi

  4. The older I get the more grateful I become. Things I took for granted when I was younger have greater significance now. Thx for reminding me to be grateful for al blessings large and small.

  5. Love that poem and often use it. Gratitude is both important and empowering and something a practice on daily- this is my saying “Abundance flows from the wings of gratitude”

  6. Indeed! I am soo thankful for life and living… I am an attorney and after my husband and I lost 5 babies I walked away from my law practice and moved here (the Netherlands, hes Dutch)… and going from a practice to babies 3 under the age of 3, its like UGH! LOL This is so not who I am… so I tell myself, and Dutch (the husband) I am so thankful that I get to be home and still generate and create income… I am thankful that I get to be with those babies I worked sooooo hard to “get”. LOL I am thankful for being able to write my books and help others.. 🙂 Love this gentle reminder!

  7. Reminders of being grateful are always welcome. Something to be grateful for. I even look at things that I used to regard as bad as a place to find gratitude or expect to find gratitude if I can’t see it right now other than I am still alive! Lovely post, lovely reminders. I am grateful you wrote it and I am grateful I read it. Thank you.

    Julieanne Case
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  8. You are right, you can’t be in gratitude and complaining at the same time! Isn’t it lovely that we have free will to choose which one we will do in any given second of the day? You can shift from complaining to gratitude that quick! And for that I am grateful!

  9. This is a great post that I needed to read today. I do agree that an attitude of Gratitude is the best. I have been through some health issues since this time last year. For a while I asked God Why me? Now I say Why not me? I am thankful that as of today, I am healthy. I live each day with gratitude and see who I can help. Love this post and I will be sharing it.

  10. Great post! You’ve uplifted so many people today. I can see it in the comments and I imagine there are a hundred more who didn’t leave a note.

    I especially liked the example you gave of turning grumbling about dishes to a moment of gratitude. So simple. Thanks.

  11. We can’t get enough reminders – gratitude is so important! I strive to practice gratitude every day. It’s amazing how writing even a simple list of a few items will expand my heart. I like the chart where it says “confusion to clarity.” Yes, indeed – that settling inside myself comes the minute I remember to be grateful.

  12. The power of gratitude is incredible. Taking a few minutes to write down things you are grateful for is always a great mindset shifter. Thank you!!

  13. I love reading your posts every week. Thank you for being so sharing. I’m grateful that I met you, know you and worked with you!

  14. Ahhh, what a great way to start the morning! ~ Gratitude is indeed such a powerful emotion!
    Thank YOU always for your positive thoughts and words !!!!
    xoxo~ Gina

  15. I know that I am grateful for you! : ) Keep up the amazing work you do!

  16. What a positive statement you regularly make in your positive posts:) Gratitude is so very important in our daily lives in order to live happy and content. I love your idea of moving forward and taking action to express daily gratitude.

  17. I wish you good luck on your book “10 Benefits of Gratitude”
    I always enjoy to read your blogs 🙂

  18. What a great article.. It is so true though.. When we are grateful everything that seemed so bad before all of sudden aren’t so bad… You can put everything into perspective..

  19. There are so many simple things we should be grateful for that we take for granted!! Thanks for the reminder:)

  20. Deanna, thank you for imparting this heart-warming post. I certainly believe that gratitude is one of the highest emotions we can experience. I am a forever grateful person for all the gifts my life has.

  21. When you are in a state of appreciation, you offer no resistance to anything. I open my day with gratitude! Thanks for sharing a great blog post. I appreciated it!!

  22. Deanna, you are on fire!!!! Mindset is everything and is critical to success. It leads to critical thinking skills and working out solutions instead of pondering the negative and creating pity parties and self-destructive thoughts that leaves us paralyzed.

    Great post!!! I’m looking forward to reading your eBook!

    Don

    • Thank you Don, I love that you love my post! 🙂 Please enjoy my eBook and tell others about it. I think anyone will benefit from reading it! -Deanna

  23. I loved this post so much! Specially, these sentences ” Every time you are blaming and complaining and grumbling about this or that, you are not in a state of gratitude. When you are in gratitude, you are letting life flow through you.” It is so true that gratitude is the strongest emotion, the one you can benefit from and benefit others 🙂

  24. Recently my daughter went through an unusual and debilitating breakup. She chanted gratitude statements in every moment she could to support her as she got over the guy. She is now really happy. She attributes the gratitude statements as the real work horse that brought her past the pain.

  25. that is a great analogy.. i would not want any one Else’s troubles either.

  26. Being grateful for everything seems like a nice state of mind. People are far too selfish today, and could learn a lot from this!

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