14 Comments

  1. Sindy

    I think making a gratitude collage is a great idea to express and show your gratitude. I work for a veterinarian who made a collage of her client’s dogs and then had it blown up so it could hang on the wall. Everyone gets a kick looking to see if they can spot their dog among the others. I know all the dog owners are grateful that this was done for them, but it’s also make us feel good.

  2. Katherine

    I remember years ago when I was a kid and got sick. I had to lie in bed almost all day. During this time, my Mom played music on my turntable over and over and over. Simon & Garfunkel and Donovan. I was so grateful for all those wonderful sounds. Hey, who can stay sad when listening to “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan? Freaking awesome dose of positiveness then and now. Thanks for the memories.

  3. Emily

    love the idea of this post. With all the negativity out there it’s easy to forget all the things that we have already been given. The other day I was trying to do some work but my little 3-year old kept interrupting. I wasn’t upset because I kept remembering how grateful I was to have a child. Many are not so blessed. Wonderful post.

  4. Samuel

    I was reading an interesting article in Psychology Today that addressed a similar issue. The author made the point that we can’t allow our suspicion frame someone’s kind word or act in a negative tone. It’s important not to listen to our critical inner voice when it gets paranoid and suspicious about the generosity of others: “What does she want from you?” This kind of close-mindedness can actually rob us of an empowering experience. Thanks for this thoughtful post.

    • You’re welcome, Samuel.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I do agree with you that expressing gratitude and accepting gratitude can be empowering to all the people involved. Thanks for checking in.

  5. Katherine

    One of the very best cures for worry is gratitude. When your thoughts are filled with gratitude, there’s no room left for worry. If you try to fight against thoughts of worry, that just brings on more worry. Yet when you begin to count and appreciate your blessings, the worry gets crowded out of your mind. Thanks for this wonderful post. I can sense your compassion and it’s obvious you care. I’m glad I found your website, and I’ll be coming back.

  6. Yvette

    Thanks for this. I think the ability to feel and express gratitude is closely linked with greater happiness.It can lead to reduced depression, anxiety, and envy. In short, it gives one increased ability to cope with everyday stress. As someone who works in the mental health field, I can tell you that’s a big deal. Expressing gratitude can be an excellent coping strategy to when an anxious person becomes symptomatic. A very compassionate post. Great job.

    • Thanks Yvette,
      I am truly humbled by your kind words. I also work in the mental health field and I agree with you that expressing gratitude can often increase self esteem. Thanks for checking in.

  7. Angus

    This is an important and very relevant post, as I was thinking about the subject of gratitude not so long ago when discussing with my girlfriend how lucky I was to have a healthy child. She is a nurse and has told me some sad stories about parents having to cope with a seriously ill child. God I can’t imagine more depressing than that. Anyway, this brings me to the subject at hand. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing a gratitude letter expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life.
    Write a gratitude letter. Send it, or better yet, deliver and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month. On occasion, write one to yourself. The next time I feel sorry for myself I will write a gratitude letter to remind myself how lucky I am to have a beautiful and healthy child.

    • Hello Angus,
      Thanks so much for sharing your heartfelt story. Yes, expressing gratitude – whether with a “Thank you” or through actions such as gift-giving, volunteering or leaving a note or card for a coworker, family members or friends – builds positive relationships and helps to foster gratitude in others. Thanks also for checking in. I’m grateful for your interest in my post.

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