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Living In Gratitude: Be Blessed

Blessed are those who give without remembering and receive without forgetting. ~ Carol Adamski

When we are able to give to others without keeping a running tally, this allows us to let go and boosts our overall happiness. We should give to others not out of a sense of obligation, but because we genuinely want to express that compliment, cook that meal, volunteer our time. To give freely means nothing is expected in return.

On the flip side, when we are given something, this is where we should be sure to remember the kindness extended or the gift presented. We should express our appreciation and let the giver know how much their gift meant. By showing our gratitude, even with a simple yet heartfelt  ‘thank you‘, the giver will feel appreciated, our relationship with them will deepen, and mutually beneficial, positive feelings will result.

It may take some practice to give freely without remembering and receive graciously without forgetting, but it is something well worth the time and energy. The blessings that will grow from this practice will enhance all aspects of your life.

May your day be filled with gratitude and good things.

Gratitude: Candy For Your Doctor? How Appreciation Changes The Interaction

Appreciation can be a kind of wake-up call. It can spark aliveness and connection in both the receiver and the giver. Below is a description of a study that utilized candy to measure the response of doctors.

I liked the idea and put my own version to work:

Recently I visited a new doctor for my annual check-up. Instead of candy, I brought with me, as a gift, one of the Gratitude Habitat bookmarks. Written on it is, “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.”  My appointment was at the end of the day. Dr. S. looked a bit tired. As I handed her the bookmark I simply said, “Thank you for the work you do.” She stopped, read it, took a breath and shared a story of how the day before, she told her ailing father how much she appreciated him and how important it was for him to be grateful, too. They talked about what they appreciated about each other and about life. She said that his spirit was lifted and his voice grew stronger. Her facial expression and voice tone were soft and open. Clearly a special moment was created.

My new doctor said to me, “This is a perfect gift for me. Thank you.”

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Living In Gratitude: The Prayer of Thank You

If the only prayer you ever say in your life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Two of the most profound words we have in our vocabulary are ‘thank you’. Gratitude is infinite and when we express our appreciation, we are, by definition, offering a prayer. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Life Is About Creating Yourself

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Every day is a new opportunity. Each moment, we get to choose how we will act, what we will do, if we should explore, what our attitude will be, if we will be friendly or shy, adventurous or play it safe. Whatever we decide, take time to appreciate the fact that we have so many options, that we are able to create ~ or recreate ~ ourselves as we see fit. Go and create the most amazing you that you can be!  Read more

Living In Gratitude: Most Of All, Be Grateful

Be kind, be thoughtful, be genuine, but most of all, be thankful.

In what ways were you kind, thoughtful, genuine and thankful today? Make a note in your gratitude journal or a notebook.

  • Allowing the person with one item to go ahead of me in line. Read more

Living In Gratitude: I Am Grateful

I am grateful for the years I’ve had, people along the way, mistakes made and opportunities taken. ~Carol Adamski

This very moment, stop and look around. Ask yourself:

What opens my heart to gratitude? Read more

Living In Gratitude: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.

Enjoy the pleasant without holding onto it when it changes.

Accept and ‘be with’ the unpleasant without fearing life will continue that way. Read more

Living In Gratitude: There Is Always Something To Be Grateful For

There are days when being grateful is so simple. As the Rodgers and Hammerstein song says,

Oh what a beautiful morning, Oh what a beautiful day, I’ve got a wonderful feeling, Everything’s going my way.

But, then there are those days when it seems absolutely nothing is going right.  Read more

Living In Gratitude: Work Is Either Fun Or Drudgery

Work can either be fun or drudgery.

 

It depends upon our attitude. So, which to choose? Personally, I like fun!

Attitude is like a muscle. The more you work it, the stronger it becomes, and the easier it becomes to shift it.

Here are 5 things I do to shift my attitude toward gratitude when I’m in a bad mood or not feeling like life is drudgery:

  1. Self-talk: I ask myself, “Hey, do you want to have fun or do you want to feel lousy today? Let go, dive in and have fun!” Read more

Living In Gratitude: An Act Of Abundance

Expressing gratitude is an act of abundance.

 

When we stop and consciously acknowledge all we have in life, we begin to discover how much we have to appreciate.

Give it a try. Act abundantly and express your gratitude.

Try taking time each day to make notes in a journal about all the things, people, occurrences and opportunities that you appreciate. After a few weeks, go back over your lists to see how amazing and abundant life is!

May your day be filled with gratitude and good things.