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Experiencing Gratitude

So many people in my life have experienced great loss this past year, it makes me feel  a little… off… trying to write about gratitude. Today is a day for giving thanks, though, so I want to send out some simple, positive thoughts about being thankful.

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melody Beattie

Gratitude and the Holiday Season

So often, Thanksgiving, and the whole holiday season for that matter, gets tied up in expectations that peace and joy are going to bring so much fulfillment to everyone’s lives. Then, the “big day” rolls around and passes – maybe with plenty to be thankful for – maybe not, and everything is still the same at the end of the day. Then all those positive feelings slip away and it’s kind of a bummer.

The Key…

It’s worth trying to focus on those positive feelings, though. Going back to the Melody Beattie quote – “Gratitude unlocks…” There’s a hidden truth there. Gratitude… thankfulness… it’s more than a feeling you have sometimes. It’s the key that helps you open the door to a more peaceful, fulfilled life.

Is In Your Hands

Gratitude alone won’t fix things, after all, it’s just a key. You have to turn it in the lock. You may even have to fix the lock first. You have to push open the heavy door that’s been made up from your burdens in life so far. You have to walk down the unfamiliar corridor that leads to a better place in life.

What Experiencing Gratitude Does for You

What gratitude does do, is it lets you breathe. It lets you know peace. It connects you emotionally with something bigger than yourself so you can heal and find a way through the dark times.

No matter what is going on in your life as you read this, my wish for you is that you are able to experience gratitude, if not for every little thing in your life, for something. And, I wish you peace and a happy, blessed Thanksgiving.

I picked the Melody Beattie quote above because, one, it’s about gratitude and today is Thanksgiving, and two, one of her books had a huge influence on me. The book was called Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself, and it helped me see my own role in the problematic relationships in my life. (FYI – that’s an affiliate link.)

By Laure Justice


8 Gratitude Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Feeling anger, stress, and general negativity will never lead you to a better place, but experiencing gratitude opens you up to great things, so I wanted to share a few gratitude quotes in hopes of brightening your day and inspiring you to build the life you want.

Gratitude Quotes to Brighten Your Day

“The exercise of gratitude will never fail to strengthen your faith and renew your purpose.”  – Wallace D. Wattles

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  – John F. Kennedy

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”  – Melody Beattie

“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”  – Zig Ziglar

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”  – Henry Van Dyke

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”  – Alfred North Whitehead

“If you make your prayers an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving for the blessings you have already received, instead of requests for what you do not have, you will obtain results a great deal faster.”  – Napoleon Hill

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And, because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Simple Definition of Gratitude

It’s easy to fall into the mindset that gratitude means the verbal expression of giving thanks, and of course, that is a good thing to do, but gratitude is more personal than any outward expression – it is the joy and thankfulness you feel in your heart – for the life you have, and for the experiences that have molded you into the person you are today.

Some days it can seem like life is just kicking you around – and it’s hard to feel grateful for anything on those days. If you are having one of those days today, I hope these quotes about gratitude helped brighten your day a bit.

Is Everything Against You?

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

-Henry Ford

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When it feels as if everything is against you, and life is just too stinking hard, you have the option, and the right, to choose happiness.

I know that sounds really “Pollyanna” – because if really awful things are dive-bombing into your lap, choosing happiness might not feel like an option – but how you choose to react (at least to normal day-to-day life challenge situations) is a choice.

Simple Ways to Choose Happiness

Get started by shifting your focus outward, because wallowing in self-pity (beyond the initial moments of shock)  holds you back from experiencing anything positive.

Who can you help?

Instead of focusing on everything that is against you, focus on what you can do to help someone else, because there is always someone worse off, or just someone who will feel blessed by some small kindness that you can hand to them.

Savor gratitude!

Right after doing something nice for someone else, reflect on how blessed you were to be in a position to help someone else. (Just don’t think about it in a gloating, superior way –  because that’s a different kind of negative, and we’re trying to get you feeling positive in a deep, and genuine way.)

Fake it if you’re not feeling it!

Paste a fake smile on your face. Hum  a happy tune even if you would rather go kick something. If you act happy long enough, you’re going to start to feel it.

Keep It Simple

Make living your life in the simplest way possible a priority. Get some exercise, eat sensibly, use your brain, take action, surround yourself with ethical and loving people, tap into your spirituality, and put something good out there in the world every day.

When it feels like everything is against you, you can choose to let it defeat you and hold you down, or you can use it as a tool to launch yourself to new heights, like an airplane taking off into the wind.