Living In Gratitude: Resolve To Be Grateful

Be in love with your life, every minute of it. ~Jack Keroac

Every moment of life is an adventure and the start of a new year always holds the promise of a fresh start. Many of us choose this time to ‘start over’, to make changes in our lives for the better.

For those who’ve made a New Years resolution or two, consider making a resolution to be more grateful. Nurturing one’s gratitude can provide profound and life-altering changes.

Feeling and expressing appreciation spills over into all areas of life. Read more

Living In Gratitude: 6 Ways to Grow Gratitude at Work

Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. ~Alex Korb Ph.D

On a surface level, appreciation is good for employee engagement, motivation and retention. Employee recognition and appreciation can create a unique company culture and strengthen employee relationships. Companies can deliberately infuse their cultures, from top to bottom, with the proverbial “attitude of gratitude.” Employee appreciation boosts performance and engagement as well as the employee’s well-being and health. When coworkers show appreciation or gratitude towards one another, a more social and prosocial interaction is created.

By implementing gratitude into company culture, employees are more willing to spread their positive feelings with others, whether it’s helping out with a project or taking time to notice and recognizing those that have gone the extra mile.

The greatest psychological effect of appreciation is the happiness and other emotions immediately felt when we either give or receive gratitude. Gratitude creates good feelings, cheerful memories, better self-esteem, feeling more relaxed and more optimistic. All of these emotions creates a pay it forward and  “we’re in this together” mentality in the workplace, which in turn, makes your organization more successful. Plus, the dopamine effect will encourage a continuous cycle of recognition if everyone participates. All of these emotions, plus many more, are what most employers want out of their staff to again, create unity. Read more

Living In Gratitude: Be Present & Thankful

Be present in all things and thankful for all things. ~Maya Angelou

One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and those we care about is our presence. Not just our physical presence but fully immersing ourselves in the moment.

Really listen and engage when a child is telling you a story or showing you something they created.

When spending time with friends at dinner, put away your smartphone and listen, laugh, savor and revel in the joy of friendship and love. Read more

Living In Gratitude: When You Arise

When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light.

Give thanks for your food and the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies within yourself.


Each and every day, we awake to new opportunities. By starting our day with gratitude, we chose to accept all that day has to offer with an open mind and open heart.  Read more

Living In Gratitude: The Letter T

Name something that you are grateful for that begins with the letter T.

Off the top of your head, how many things can you list that you appreciate that start with the letter T? Think outside the box!

Living In Gratitude: The Art of Being Happy

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~Henry Ward Beecher

It’s easy to take being grateful for granted. It’s easy to say, “Yea sure, gratitude,” and wave it off as positive thinking ‘mumbo jumbo’.

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Living In Gratitude: I Am Thankful For…

I am thankful for…

Nights that turned into mornings,

Friends that tuned into family,

And dreams that turned into reality.


What are you thankful for today, in this moment?

Studies show that people who express appreciation as well as those who write down their gratitudes are more satisfied with life. They are generally happier, healthier, and have deeper, more connected relationships. Read more

Living In Gratitude: The Most Important Ingredient

Gratitude is the single most important ingredient to living a successful and fulfilled life. ~ Jack Canfield

Society often promotes success as based upon monetary and material things. But what truly makes life fulfilling and ensures success is being grateful for all we have.

Studies show that people who practice gratitude are healthier, happier, more productive, and earn more money than those who don’t appreciate what they already have. They have stronger relationships with friends, family, coworkers, and partners. An attitude of gratitude boosts careers, allows us to more easily overcome challenges, resolve problems, and manage stress. Read more

Living In Gratitude: What A Wonderful World

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

Have you ever stopped to consider what an amazing world we live in?

There are numerous things all around us that are awe-inspiring if we simply take a moment to look closely.

  • The beauty of dew drops that sparkle and reflect the morning sun.
  • The intensity and brilliance of colors, aromas, and sounds.
  • The incredible number and variety of living things.
  • The warmth of a hug.
  • The power of a smile.
  • The immensity of the oceans.

The list is endless.

What do you find wonderful in the world? Make a list in a notebook or gratitude journal.

May your day be filled with gratitude and good things.

Living In Gratitude: Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

By taking time to show your gratitude for the small things in life, you will open your eyes and heart to the tremendous amount you have to be grateful for.

If you’re not used to appreciating the little things, take baby steps. Start with being aware of those seemingly insignificant and trivial things. Make a mental note of one or two things a day that you appreciated. Maybe even start a gratitude journal and jot these items down each day.

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