Grateful: 101 Things to be Grateful For

"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice for your soul is alive." --Eleonora Duse
"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice for your soul is alive." --Eleonora Duse

Do you want to live a rich, meaningful and abundant life?

The key is to have a grateful heart. It sounds so simple, I know. Masters and Teachers all across time and space have taught us this powerful truth. And yet, it becomes challenging when we have to deal with the problems and burdens that come our way --bills, debts, annoying and seemingly cruel people, illness, death and so on.

And yet when we truly begin to be grateful, it can change our lives dramatically.

You don't have to believe me.

Just try it. And you'll see how it can transform your life.

My nephew Aldrich was all smiles, "Hey, isn't this cool?  "  We were on the look out for dolphins aboard a yacht. His joy was really contagious.
My nephew Aldrich was all smiles, "Hey, isn't this cool? " We were on the look out for dolphins aboard a yacht. His joy was really contagious.


1. YOU ARE ALIVE. Life is a gift. Mornings are gifts. Every time you wake up, stretch out those arms and say, “thank you for the gift of a brand new day!”

2. YOU CAN SEE. Oh to have the gift of sight! What a blessing! With your eyes, you can watch the magnificent world you live in. You can see your face in the mirror. You are able to enjoy the beauty of a leaf, a flower, a snowflake, a child, a star, a rainbow and the look of love.

3. YOU CAN HEAR. The thousands of fibers found in your ears could pick up the whisper of the leaves in the trees, the waves of the ocean, the raindrops falling on the roof, the loud thunder, the laughter of children, the ringing of the phone, and hear the words “I love you.”

4. YOU CAN SPEAK. You can utter words that can encourage, inspire, teach, guide, comfort, uplift, motivate and say the words “Thank you”; “I am here for you”; and “I love you.”

5. YOU CAN MOVE. You are joy in motion. You have the ability to dance, walk, run, hop and skip as you travel the road of life.

6. YOU CAN EAT. You can enjoy different food…the sweetness of ice cream and cakes, the crunchy veggies, mouthwatering seafood, the tender juicy chicken, pork or beef. Aren't we thankful that that the healthy food we eat gives us energy and helps us to grow?

7. YOU CAN DRINK. And be merry? (Grin) You can drink and allow water and fresh juices to quench your thirst. You can drink a toast to celebrate a wedding, a romantic evening, or warm your body on cold winter nights.

8. YOU CAN SMELL. Your sense of smell can enhance the taste of food. It can connect you to wonderful memories like remembering your baby cradled in your arms, the perfume of your beloved, or their sweet smelling hair.

9. YOU CAN TOUCH. Your hands can caress and soothe a loved one. You can touch and feel the different textures- soft, rough and silky smooth. With your touch you can express your love without words.

10. YOU CAN READ. When you look at the words and letters, they are not jumbled or inverted. Having the ability to read has open your doors to knowledge and wisdom found in books, magazines, newspapers and the internet.

11. YOU CAN SING. Whether it be extraordinary talent or simply singing in the shower, you can sing. You can sing your favorite song. You can hum a tune. Or even a lullaby. You can sing as you cook or clean the house.

12.YOU CAN WRITE. You can write and share your experiences. You can write love letters, thank you notes, and compose songs and poetry. Or write a check list of the things you need to buy in the grocery.

13. YOU CAN THINK. You have the ability to think, to plan and to analyze. When problems arise, you can come up with solutions to solve them.

14. YOU CAN FEEL. You have the ability to feel and experience all sorts of emotions - happy, sad, angry, confused, surprised, and disappointed and so on. Your feelings add spice to your life.

15. YOU CAN SLEEP. You can rest when you are tired and exhausted. Your body has been given the gift of sleep so it could recuperate and re-energize itself.

Instead of focusing on what your life is missing, be grateful for what you DO have and do the Gratitude Dance!


I grew to appreciate our bodies and how wonderfully it has been designed when I studied human anatomy as a dental student. A particularly strict yet very interesting teacher explained our immune system so well that up to today, I still remember her story. And I continue to be grateful for my body! Shouldn't you start being grateful for yours as well?

16. YOUR SKIN covers you from your head to your toes and keeps away germs that might make you sick. Steels may eventually rust but not your skin.

17. YOUR MUSCLES help you move. Hundreds of them, both big and small, help your run, walk, swim, do your laundry, share a smile.

18. YOUR BONES like your ribs protect your heart and lungs from getting damaged. Your skeleton is hard and strong and yet quite light. Imagine what it would be like if you didn't have bones? You would be like a bag of jelly!

19. YOUR LUNGS filter life-giving oxygen. Your lungs labor every second of every day as they help your body rid of gaseous wastes.

20. YOUR KIDNEYS are bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fist, are sophisticated reprocessing machines. Every day, it filters your blood; and the waste and extra water is excreted when you urinate.

21. YOUR STOMACH is an organ of digestion. Once food is inside the tummy, gastric juices come out to break down the food.

22. YOUR INTESTINES help you remove wastes from your body.

23. YOUR LIVER is the largest glandular organ of the body. Some of its functions are: It produces substances that break down fats, filter harmful stuff from your blood like alcohol, stores some of the vitamins and minerals.

24. YOUR OVARIES produce hormones which give the female its body characteristics like breasts, body shape and hair. It also regulates menstrual cycle and pregnancy.

25. YOUR PROSTATE GLAND is part of a man's reproductive system, helping to regulate bladder control and normal sexual functioning. The prostate gland stores and produce seminal fluid, which nourishes the sperm.

26. YOUR THYROID produces thyroid hormones that control your body's metabolism. It has influence over your body's organs, tissues and cells. These hormones also control heart rate, body temperature and weight, energy level, muscle strength and even menstrual regularity.

27. YOUR HEART is responsible for supplying oxygenated blood to your body. Your heart pumps nearly five quarts of blood through your body every sixty seconds. Imagine that!

28. YOUR BRAIN is the control center of your body. It is there to help you store away every perception, sound, taste, smell, every action you have done since birth, sleep, hunger, thirst and all the other activities you need to do in order to survive.

29. YOUR BLOOD carries the necessary oxygen and nutrients to your different organs. Without it, we can't fight infection, get rid of our body's waste products, or keep warm or cool. If we lack blood, we would surely weaken and die.

30. YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM is the body's defense against viruses, bacteria and other invaders that may be harmful to you. You have cells that chew up invading organisms while other cells have built in memory on them so that your body recognizes and remembers previous invaders and help the body destroy them.

There are still a LOT of things that can be said about our amazing body. It would take a book to list all of them. But for now, just pause for awhile and be grateful for what each cell, nerve, tissue, organ in your body is doing for you. It is working twenty fours a day (without breaks) and even if you are not commanding it to. How truly marvelous are our bodies!

Dynamic Minds Teachers

The teachers find joy in making a difference in the lives of children.
The teachers find joy in making a difference in the lives of children.

“Oh, the comfort—the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take them and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

-- Dinah Maria Mulock Craik

Relationships are Blessings

When you begin to see that each person is brought into your life for a purpose and reason, you begin to appreciate them and view them in an entirely different way.

Silently, say thank you for the person, and watch how they seem to change right before your eyes.

And then...something marvelous happens, all around you, you will see "angels."


31. Be grateful for YOUR FAMILY. Isn't it great to belong a family? Imperfect our families may be but here we find the opportunity to grow, share, give and receive love.

32. Be grateful for YOUR FRIENDS. If we do not find love at home, sometimes we find the care and support from friends. True friends who stand by you, who knows your quirks and weird ways, but have decided to love you anyway.

33. Be grateful for YOUR COLLEAGUES. There are people at work who are your inspiration and guide to help you succeed in your career.

34. Be grateful for YOUR TEACHERS. People who have taught you and shared with you their knowledge and skills.

35. Be grateful for YOUR LIFE COACHES. Some people in your life teaches you how to live your life to the fullest.

36. Be grateful for YOUR PREACHERS, PASTORS. They have walked their talk and you have seen how their love for God have changed their lives.

37. Be grateful for QUIET ANGELS. They walk into your life, often unannounced, help you in whatever way they can and just as quietly leave.

38. Be grateful for KIND STRANGERS. Out of the blue, you receive unexpected help, a kind word, a message of inspiration, a smile.

39. Be grateful for BELIEVERS. They are those who see the goodness in you and believe in you and what you can do.

40. Be grateful for the LISTENERS. They can sit still and listen to you with all their heart as you pour out your burdens. They can empathize with you.

41. Be grateful for the JOY GIVERS. They radiate sunshine and warmth. And when you feel down, a dose of their joy lifts you up!

42. Be grateful for the HUGGERS. They can engulf you in a hug that makes you feel safe and secure. Their hugs tell you that you are not alone.

43. Be grateful for RIPPLEMAKERS. People who make a difference in little and big ways. Perhaps its somebody at home who makes you feel good when they are around. Or its the bagger at the grocery counter who never fails to greet you and make you feel nice.

44. Be grateful for PEACEMAKERS. They have chosen the path of peace. They will choose and respond to situations with love than hate.

45. Be grateful for LOVERS. The words that come out of their mouth are the words that start with I LOVE...not I hate. Lovers of life. Lovers of goodness. Lovers of art. Lovers of sports. Lovers of growing. Lovers of plants. Lovers of helping people see the beauty in themselves. Be grateful for people who will lead you gently back to yourself.


46. The glory of nature. Sunrise and sunsets. Clouds and blue skies. Raindrops and rainbows. Ocean waves and soothing streams. Birds in the air. Flowers everywhere.

47. Lovable pets. Finding joy and love in taking care and nurturing animals. I know of stories of people whose lives have been touched by these lovable and amazing creatures.

48. Food on the table. If you have enough food to feed your stomach and go to sleep without feeling the pangs of hunger, be grateful.

49. Roof on top of your head. Be glad you are not sleeping out in the cold.

50. Water to drink. Whenever you take a sip of water, be grateful that there is enough supply of water to quench your thirst.

51. Clothes to wear. You don't have to walk around naked.

52. Music. The gift of music has been known to soothe, inspire and make you dance to the beat of life.

53. Books. For all the books from where you have gained knowledge and wisdom from all over the world.

54. Technology. Technology that have helped us connect and have made our lives easier and convenient. From cell phones to laptops to cameras and on and on.

55. Inventions. For electricity, for our cars, for wheelchairs, for roller coaster rides.


56. Sharing laughter and funny moments.

57. Being able to pray and worship.

58. Helping someone up.

59. Finding your life's purpose.

60. Accomplishing a task.

61. Finding a lost family member.

62. An answered prayer.

63. Experiencing love.

64. Getting married.

65. Giving birth to your child.

66. Saving someone's life.

67. Learning a skill.

68. Sharing the gift of smile.

69. Writing a poem.

70. Your child's laughter.

71. Making friends.

72. Helping someone heal.

73. Being healed.

74. Finding hope.

75. God's grace.


76. Family trips.

77. Reunions.

78. First bike ride.

79. First kiss.

80. Falling in love.

81. The day you grew up.

82. Memories of childhood.

83. Garden picnics.

84. Mountain climbing.

85. Diving in the sea.

86. Learning to fall and stand up again.

87. Doing well in school.

88. Learning to dance.

89. Performing on stage.

90. Choosing to forgive.

More Affirmations

91. I am grateful for the choices that I have made.

92. I am grateful for life's abundance.

93. I am grateful for the freedom I have to be ME.

94. I am grateful for the gift that I can share to the world.

95. I am grateful for all the experiences that have made me into the kind of person I am today.

96. I am grateful for the joy and peace in my heart.

97. I am grateful for the people who are journeying with me.

98. I am grateful for knowing that I am where I need to be.

99. I am grateful for opportunities to grow and learn.

100. I am grateful for all of life and what it brings.

101. I am grateful to the Divine who have given us all these and more.

"If you have something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for, everyday becomes a celebration." -Anna Trimiew
"If you have something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for, everyday becomes a celebration." -Anna Trimiew
"When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive."-Ralph Waldo Emerson


This is just the beginning of your list. I know there are still a thousand of things to be grateful for.

Make your gratitude list every day. Do the gratitude dance. Smile and embrace life with all its imperfections. Gratitude will bring a change of perception and with it comes the wisdom and truth of the ages.

I thank you for the gift of you.

Michelle Simtoco, the ripplemaker

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RainbowRecognizer 8 years ago from Midwest

You rock, Ripplemaker! I love what you're about! I'm definitely bookmarking this hub - thanks! :o)

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G-Ma Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Wow go girl..great hub and a good reminder of just how wonderful our Bodies are and aren't to some....I just have a hard time understanding Dementia and my sweet mom.....but I guess at 88 a mind does slow down..and she is happy..and no other real health I should not worry so much... I believe in God..the Father almighty...G-Ma :o) hugs

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VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I was literally speechless after reading your hub. What a beautiful, beautiful, awesome hub! Its uplifting, high energy and at the same time filled  with information about the magnificence of the human body. I admired the way you integrated the videos. I did the gratitude dance, by the way. LOL!  I am passing on your hub to friends! I thought I had signed on as your fan, but didn't get an announcement you wrote this. hmmmmm... maybe I missed it or Hubpages didn't inform me. Anyhoo, I signed up to be your fan again.     

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funride 8 years ago from Portugal


What a delight it is to read this hub and remember all this things to be grateful for. Thank you Michelle, you are really a beautiful human being and also a beautiful woman. I´m glad to be your friend!

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Reason to be grateful #102: People like you Michelle who put it all nicely into perspective...

great insightful HUB regards Zsuzsy

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adventure 8 years ago from U.S.A.

The passages above are in my soul. I love nature. This is a great hub. A sort of "count your blessings" list. Thank you for reminding us of what we have. It is so important to be happier with what you have than to be unhappy about that which you do not have.

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Peter M. Lopez 8 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

Wow. Great hub. 102. Be thankful for this hub.

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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Ripplemaker - this is such a joy to read. I am passing it along to all my friends and loved ones.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

VioletSun, yey, congratulations for doing the gratitude dance. I did it too and it made me really smile and laugh.

Funride, yes you can love. Keep on loving. :-) I just came from a production and had to "heal" two people having bad coughs and colds. There is so much joy in doing healing work. I pray for the complete recovery of your wrists.

Adventure, my nature lover friend, I know your soul is alive :-) Me too, I love nature!

And so before I rest for the night, I thank you Steph, Peter, Zsuzsy Bee, Funride, Violet Sun, G-Ma, and Rainbow Recognizer for taking the time to read this hub today. I am grateful for your lovely comments. Now you have got to do the gratitude dance. :-)

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California


It is evident that you live with an "attitude of gratitude." This collection of blessings is remarkable. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful HUB, beautifully designed with a message that is timeless. You rock!

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Misha 8 years ago from DC Area

What a delight! Or just simply light :)

Thanks, Michelle, it's just beautiful :)

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

In the Doghouse, I do try as much as I can to live with an attitude of gratitude. If I fail to do so (and there are days when its doubly hard), a good friend of mine would come sit by me or over the phone and we would say aloud the things we are grateful for the day. Somehow that helps a lot. Good friends are truly a blessing. :-)

Misha, thank you very much. It's kinda like you spreading a lot of light here in hubpages. Yes I notice that in the forums :-)

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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

Michelle, I didn't know about your recent hubs, and am delighted with this one. Now we know why you smile like that!

That is also my secret: "be grateful."

"Thank you, God," is the only good prayer I have. I am also grateful for the bonus pictures of a lovely lady in black. Anybody we know?

Thank you. :)

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vreccc 8 years ago from Concord, NH


This is indeed a wonderful hub! This took time and effort so thank you for giving this to us. thank you for reminding me to have a positive outlook on life and to be thankful for everything I have. I AM truly blessed.

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stormyweather 8 years ago from Devon, UK

What a detailed and lovingly constructed hub. I enjoyed it. Thanks.

Terry Thinktank 8 years ago from India

Thank you so much for this wonderful thought. It just makes living so much more enjoyable. Very often we spend valuable time trying to figure out what is it that we need to enrich our life. While what we really need to look and within and its all there!

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MasonsMom 8 years ago from U.S.A.

Very inspiring! Thank you for reminding all of us of the wonderful things we take for granted each day.

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sunkentreasure 8 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA

Dear Michelle the Ripplemaker

I adore the words of this Hub.

You are blessing us all immensely with the beauty of your love.

Your life will never be the same when you feel God’s love and live with appreciation in your heart.

Kind Regards

Bernard Levine

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driverslicense 8 years ago

book marked and rated...great hub!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

LOL Kenny, the lady in black is me! *blush* It's difficult to look for pictures that we can use on the net so I 'modeled' for this one hehe I thank you for reaching out. I recall you were the first person in hubpages that connected and interacted with me. I was grateful for that.

vreccc, we all need the reminder every now and then. I guess as I share this to all of you, I got the benefit as well. Isn't it beautiful?

stormyweather, it took quite awhile to finish it but I'm glad I did. When I saw your name, it reminded me to be grateful when storms come into our lives. Hope the sun is shining brightly on your end.

Terry, you are so right. The things we need and to be grateful for is just within and around us.

MasonsMom, thank you for your inspiring comment. Truly joy is everywhere. If we just can recognize it.

Bernard, I like what you said, "our lives will never be the same when you feel God's love and live with appreciation in our heart." Amen to that. Thank you for being such a nice person too :D

driverslicense, thank you. Let us all continue to live our lives to the full by being grateful.

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Great Hub, so many invaluable lessons. Well done. Cheers.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks cgull. Cheers to the lessons in life.

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YourTouristGuide 8 years ago from Valley of the Heart's Delight, California

What an AWE-some hub! Thank you!

...holding the mystery

step into the river and feel eternity

as the sun will rise and the rain will fall

may I begin each day with gratitude and awe...

~Erika Luckett, Awe


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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Fantastic. Inspiring. Humbling...

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Debi, that is a nice poem. Thank you for sharing it here. A day begin with gratitude and awe transforms it into an extra special one. :-)

Rob, to be able to recognize the things to be grateful for is indeed humbling and uplifting. :-)

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Kenny Wordsmith 8 years ago from Chennai

I knew the lady in black was you, hehe. Your dresses may differ, but that big delightful smile you wear makes you recognisable. :)

Kathy 8 years ago

My Dear michelle,

reading your hub gives me so much joy :) I thank God for you and the work that you have done and shared with others :) Keep it up and i will always pray for you :) Take care :) Continue to touch more lives :)


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Kenny, a friend told me I am too naïve and didn't recognize that you were teasing me then. LOL  Thanks for your lovely comment.  :-)

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Kathy, I am grateful for your prayers always. And thanks for the support. :-) God bless you too.

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Raven King 8 years ago from Cabin Fever

Thanks for writing this delightful and uplifting hub!

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nikoman 8 years ago

Nice! My dad used to always say HHT - Happy Healthy Terrific.

If you are Happy and Healthy, then you are Terrific. Help others and you will also feel great inside. I sometimes do volunteer work in my local area and just love what I can give back to the community.

Thanks for your nice hub.


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Jason Stanley 8 years ago


Gratitude is the causative energy of life's direction. Hold something in genuine gratitude as though it were already present and it will become so. it is the principal that some religions term as faith in prayer, but they often forget to involve being grateful for the good.

Great hub, great perspective, great you!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi nikoman, you have a good heart with the right perspective. When we are able to step outside of ourselves and give, there is indeed much joy that we experience. Thanks for reading this hub.

Raven, thanks for dropping by. I like your name. :-)

Jason, I totally agree with what you wrote. "Hold something in genuine gratitude as though it were already present and it will become so." Thank you for your insightful comments.

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cheapbuys 8 years ago

Thank you for this inpirational hub. It's people like you that bring hope to the world.

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nivas ameya 8 years ago from Texas

Hi ripplemaker,

That's wonderful . An attitude of gratitude towards what you have . Thanks

nivas ameya

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wind chime 8 years ago

Thank you for this beautiful reminder of just how much we are blessed with each and everyday. We so often take little blessings for granted. I wanted to say Thank you also for becoming my fan, as i am new to Hub Pages and you welcomed me with such a kind comment. May you have good days ahead. God bless. :)

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msms 8 years ago

Nth reason to be grateful for being Fan of Ripplemaker and reading her writing on Hub pages....

Great work Young Lady

Mahendr Singh

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jezzbb 8 years ago from Philippines

Lots of things to be grateful about. Thanks for this piece. I'll keep it mind to always be grateful of good things that come my way.

One more thing, I'm grateful I found this page!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Cheapbuys, we do need hope every now and then do we? :-) thanks for your comment.

nivas, your welcome. The attitude of gratitude if learned can truly transform our lives. :-) Thanks.

wind chime, thanks for dropping by. I am grateful for new friends.

Mahender Singh, I appreciate your lovely compliment.

jezzbb, it's wonderful to see you on HubPages. Thanks for reading this piece. The more grateful we become, the happier we can be! Thanks.

Greatful 8 years ago

Your hub has inspired me in many ways. Thank You I just took a really wonderful quiz on the book Three Cups of Tea. Here is the link

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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

..and i am grateful to have you as my spiritual partner and i continue to praise god for sending you to teach me more of His perfect love.

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Yes and yes! Me too! :)

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MtnMan56 8 years ago


Thank You!

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02SmithA 8 years ago from Ohio

We all certainly have plenty of reasons to be thankful

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

TO Mtnman and O2Smith, thanks for dropping by. May you experience the fullness found in life as you celebrate it with gratitude. :)

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funwithtrains 8 years ago from USA

This is a great hub -- thanks for reminding us we all have so much to be thankful for each day!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

And being able to have fun is another one to add on the list! :) Zip a dee doo dah, zip a dee ay! LOL Thanks for commenting...

mikeq107 8 years ago

You said it all in this hub Michelle:0)

Wish I had been in your Dynamic school as kid :0)

God makes no mistakes!!!! Love in Jesus Mike:0)

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Mike, thank you for dropping by. I wish I was in our school when I was a kid. Hahaha You're a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh air :-)

mikeq107 8 years ago

Thanks michelle :00))

God put us here to be free and live life to the fullest and to use the talents he has gifted us with...i`m so glad you are using yours and helping others...we were all hurt as kids and stopped playing and being our true selves...but each of us found our way back home to our heavenly father and he took us , sat us on his lap and loved us and gave us the blessing of freedom in him through his son jesus...what a sacrifce to give up your own son so that others may live and find true love and be mature fun loving children. I read some where recently and I quote.." When i die and meet God I want to have used up all the talents that he gave me".....I pray that for you michelle for Daisy, for My wife Cynthia and all those god brings across our paths!!!!!!!

Love In Jesus Mike :):):):):):)

mikeq107 8 years ago

Ps, I would have been the skinny kid in the school yard that could`nt keep his mouth shut...but we would have shared our cookies and milk :-)

Mike :0)

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

I have a tear in my eye as I read your sharing Mike. What a lovely prayer you have given me and I accept it gladly with open arms. LOL And YES!!! We would have shared our cookies and milk. :-)

mikeq107 8 years ago

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY.......Happy dance!!!!!!!! LOL :):):):):):0)


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

One more thing to be grateful for...being a child at heart! LOL Thanks Mike. Your spirit is highly contagious... :) Hahaha

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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

A landing spot that the Great Divine Doctor ordered for me today! What better place than at my Angels house. Now Ripplemaker, that is something to be grateful for. It's time to do the grateful dance :)

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Dottie!!!! I would love to see you do the gratitude dance! LOL I am grateful for you in my life. Thank you for the gift of your friendship. :)

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RGraf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

This is truly great. The way you broke it out in such detail instead of just saying "Your health". You brought focus to each area. We don't do that as a general rule and after reading this I think we should. I'm going to print this out and place it in various places around me to remind of this.

Thank you.

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Lgali 8 years ago

Many invaluable lessons. Well done

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi RGraf, I've learned to be grateful for the tiny details that make up the whole picture.  Do you know every morning when I make "poo" I thank God my intestines are in working order?  LOL  Thanks for a lovely visit.  It's always nice to hear from you.

Hi Lgali, nice to see you too :-)  Thanks!  

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Bruce Elkin 8 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Excellent, beautiful looking, and uplifting hub. And I'm so happy to see that you stress non-material abundance! I'm all for an abundance of joy, love, compassion, caring, singing, hugging, touching … but I fear that striving for an abundance of material wealth too often gets in the way of achieving abundance in the simple, but most important, things.

My theory is a sufficience of material stuff as a base for unlimited abundance of non-material and spiritual stuff. THat's why I aspire to live a simple, yet rich, successful, and sustainable life.

I really enjoyed your hub!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Bruce, thanks! May you find that which gives you meaning and joy always - today and everyday of your life. :-) To a life filled with loving abundance! Cheers!

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cindyschulson 8 years ago from San Diego, CA

What a beautiful hub. Thank you for sharing these reminders of all that we have to be grateful for in life. A new fan, Cindy

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Mighty Mom 8 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I followed CindySchulson here and am soooo glad I did. I'm a huge fan of gratitude and make gratitude lists all the time. But mine are only 5 to 10 items -- your 101 things list is incredible! So beautifully thought and expressed. You definitely are a (no -- OUR) RIPPLEMAKER!!! Thank you!

Also a perfect hub to be reading at year's end and to begin 2009. MM

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Cindy and MM, I cried today.  I was writing a thank you letter to God and I was just overwhelmed by so much love.  I review this list quite a lot and realize there are even more than 101 things to be grateful for.  And that includes friends from hubpages. :-)  Happy New Year!

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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

some hubbers actually beat me to #102! so it's #103 - i'm grateful for hubpages for making all this possible! :D and thanks for spreading the love!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Cris, hubpages is a wonderful community and avenue for writers. It is a blessing indeed. Glad to be an instrument to spread love. :-)

Anya Akhtar 7 years ago

I love how effortlessly this seemed to have been written :)

And how inspiring and moving it is :)

I have recommended the link to this page of yours to almost everyone I know and even dislike! I am grateful, more then regularly for people like you.

God bless you.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Anya, I am grateful for people like you who inspires me and brings grateful feelings that I took the time to write this hub. Thank you for leaving this comment and for making my day extra special. God bless you too.

mikeq107 7 years ago

I grateful for you :0)

Eddie Perkins 7 years ago

Michelle ,

Love your lists; “The beauty of you”.  We have so much to be grateful for.  All we have to do is look around and take notice of those who do not have these things we take for granted.

I especially enjoyed “Our Amazing Body” and I couldn’t help but think of… For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. Psalms 139:13

I am truly grateful for “Angels on Earth”

The gratitude dance looks like my dancing.  So I’ve apparently been doing this all along and didn’t know it.

I am grateful for you ripplemaker Michelle Simtoco. ~ eddie

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Mike, and I continue to be grateful for you and the friendship we share :-) Hugs...

Hi Eddie, I can imagine that you would do the gratitude dance with Barbie and those twinkling eyes sparkle with delight for life. Yes, isn't it amazing? There is just so much to be grateful for in life...and I also am grateful for the opportunity of knowing you. Hope all is well with you and Barbie. Hugs... :-)

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Jmell 7 years ago from El Paso, Texas, USA

I love it......printed this and am distributing it to my friends!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Jmell, thanks for sharing it. May it bless others as well and take us to a place of gratitude everyday. :-)

Twin XL 7 years ago

This is an inspiring hub! Thanks for posting!!

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Cailin Gallagher 7 years ago from New England

Beautifull and inspiriing...just like you. Thank you for making my day.

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Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

It is really blessing to be grateful. Thanks.

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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

This is my favorite subject, we can never have enough and there is no such thing as too much. I love the dance! So glad I found this article from facebook. This however is one of the most amazing and complete writings I have seen on the subject.. Thank You!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Cailin, your words uplift me. Thank you for taking the time to read this hub. :-) I am grateful.

Vladimir, it is indeed a blessing. Thank you!

Emohealer, hahaha glad you love the dance. C'mon let's dance now. Somehow when I do that, I find myself laughing and it sure dispenses any doom gloom one might feeling at a certain point in time. Thank you for reading this one Susan. :-)

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metaphysician 7 years ago

You just remind me the things that I could be grateful for! Thanks for the list.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Metaphysician, I am grateful for you :-)

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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

I need to make me a gratitude list too! I think you pretty much covered all of it?! We have already so much to be thankful for in life.

(((Does the gratitude Dance)))

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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

The Dead!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi mayhmong, it would be so cute to see you do the gratitude dance! LOL I am grateful for you may and for popping by to see this list of things to be grateful for. I know there are still many many more that I haven't covered. :-) Go make your list and have a beautiful day... Hugs...

Hi Paper Moon, ahh yes, thank you for the dead too! :-)

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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

They were a great band.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

The Dead is a band??? LOL I thought you were talking about something else..hehe

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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Sorry, the Grateful Dead was a band with a large cult like following on our side of the pond.

As for the other implications, I am also grateful for our ancestors and those that paved the way to the modern world in which we live.

Great hub, we should all be grateful for many things. This is a good thing to dwell upon.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Paper Moon, thanks for the explanation...well I didn't write that thank you for the dead (the band) and those who have passed away. :-) Glad to have you here to share all things wonderful and nice in this lifetime!

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cjcarter 7 years ago

Fantastic! I'm bookmarking it!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks cjcarter for bookmarking this one! I'm grateful. :)

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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv

Once again you put it all in perspective! I am just going to come and live at your house so you can continue to inspire me and fill me with positive energy! :)

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Williamjordan 7 years ago from Houston TX

Great hub thanks gratefulness requires action thanks again

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Ms Chievous: You are welcome to my house anytime! It would be a beautiful thing learning from each other :)

Williamjordan: Thanks!

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pddm67 7 years ago from Queens, New York

A wonderful and inspirational hub. Each morning I wake up thankful for all that surrounds me, from family and friends to the natural beauty around us. Thanks for the extra lift on this dreary day. Rick on!

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

pddm67: Glad to uplift you today. :) Many thanks for the visit. That makes me grateful. :)

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

I'm grateful to be awaiting the 3 hours and 6 minutes to Mass Millions $28 million dollar jackpot drawing tonight at 11:00 p.m. Hope we win Sis....

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

I'm grateful for a wonderful sis and friend like you for me to await this moment...and the next moments to come! I am smiling and giggling and being happy amidst it all, no matter what the outcome. :) Love lots

townart 7 years ago

This is a great hub idea. Really feeling gratitude for your life is one of the most important things you can do - especially when things are kind of tough. Thanks for the inspiration.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Townart, indeed being grateful during challenging times is the toughest thing to do but one is able to do, it transforms the entire picture - viola and somehow everything becomes bearable. :)

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Papa Sez 7 years ago from The Philippines to Canada

Thanks ripplemaker for this really extensive gratitude list! 101 whew! I linked this hub to my very first one to help readers see the many things that one should be grateful for.

You might want to have a look Again thanks.

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TheLindsayFace 7 years ago

Very inspiring

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks Papa Sez and TheLindsayFace! :)

mrs santos 6 years ago

hi michelle,

just wanted to say a big thank you for reminding me of all the blessings i have in my life.. thank you for taking the time to create this beautiful hub and sharing it with the rest of us.. God bless..

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Ate, This is a very inspirational piece of writing. Thank you I haave enjoyed reading it.

KUYA Dave.

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skye2day 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

This is a Beautiful, heartfelt, inspiring, joyful, humble, loving, warm writing ripplemaker. You have Blessed many with your words. God has Blessed you with a gift. It is obvious you touch many hearts that need touching. Keep on sister. I have not been over I have been at the hubs a while. There are so many fabulous writers it is hard to get all over. Glad to eeet you. I have joined your rank of fans. Love and Peace

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

It's okay I understand. I too find myself in that dilemma. But somehow we will be brought to that hub, person, event when we need it the most. And so it is a joy to see you here today as you have given me much joy too. Love and peace to you skye. I am grateful.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Michelle: I was in my last hub, "This Open Heart of Mine" answering a comment and saw this hub listed on the right side, so clicked on the photo. Wow, read the hub again, and like you said in your latest comments, the message comes through for us when we needed it the the most. I needed to be inspired again, to keep my self above the denser and hurtful vibrations of misunderstanding and struggle which has manifested these past few days for both Phil and I. Thank God we have each other, and we are spiritually aware.

I am deeply grateful for beauty, love, peace, teachers, writers and healers like you.

Love and hugs,


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bunnyjumalon 6 years ago

I am certainly elated that I was able to stumble on this hub. I came to a point in my life that I feel buoyant, as n just hanging there! Your entry just come in time and made my view in life came to a complete turn around. Now every time I feel depress I then read this hub thus makes me appreciate what life has to offer with all its intricacies as well as the pains and joys on it. Thank you for sharing your views ripplemaker...It has to 102-an your the top 5....God bless

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

OOOh Marie, sending you hugs and more big hugs! Hope you are much better today! Yes, there are really times when life becomes heavy and hard and we just know things will get better and better. Blessings to you sis! :)

Bunny, thank you for dropping by and sharing your thoughts and feelings! Nice to meet you. Blessings and love and light to you.

maricel 6 years ago

you write beautifully, michelle, and so inspiring! i'm sure u remember my sis, maryrose. u used to work together. i even wrote to her about this link :)

continue to inspire others!

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Maricel! I got so excited when I read your comment. Of course, I remember MaryRose. She's in touch with me on facebook! How you arrived in this page is a mystery to me but a wonderful, beautiful inspiration for me today. Thank you for leaving a comment & letting me know you were here. It is much appreciated. Blessings, love and light Maricel. :)

maricel 6 years ago

hi again michelle! that day i was feeling 'not so good about things' and went through some inspirational quotes. for some reason it led me to your page and i kept your '101 things to be grateful for' in my 'favorite links' for easy access :)

what's great about your writings is that it exudes much optimism and a 'kindness' that really comes from the heart. i feel, from reading your posts, that u r a genuinely nice person and it shows... the name 'ripplemaker' suits you well.

rose is in cebu/cdo. i don't know if she has had the chance to meet up with friends, given that she has miggy and mia tagging along, he he! it's good to know u r in touch.

u take care and keep well, michelle! :)

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi Maricel, I appreciated you coming back and sharing what brought you to this page. It is stories like this that delights my heart and inspires me to keep on writing. And do you know you too have confirmed something that which I have been soul searching the past days? As I shed a tear of gratitude, I embrace God's loving hug through you. Thank you very much for your sincerity and kindness. That meant a lot to me. Love and light.:)


PS. MaryRose said she will pass by the school the last time she was here but she got sick I think and with her busy sched was unable to drop by. Maybe she'll show up one of these days. hehe

MARICEL 6 years ago

hi michelle. it's great to know that my note touched u in some way.

going through your list, i'd say that i have so much to be grateful for each day but my main goal and focus these days is the #64 on your list, he he! :) the anticipation is both stressful and exciting but at the end of the day, i thank God for another day 'come and gone'- which brings me closer to 'that BIG day':)

be well,


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Maricel, woohoooo! I just had to see what #64 was...alright! Sending you lots of wonderful and loving energy for THE BIG DAY! And may it truly be blessed and joyful for both of you!

Smiling with delight,


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jayb23 6 years ago from India

Easily one of the better hubs I have read in a long time. U r an inspiration ripplemaker. U have so effortlessly made us realized the miracle of life. Just amazing. Keep up the good work and thumbs up!!

Wizmindwing 6 years ago

Hi Ripplemaker,

I am grateful for someone like you who transcends gratitude and peace through others.

More blessings to you ~


Awaroa 6 years ago

I am so grateful for this page. I realise just how much I have to be grateful for.

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lambservant 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Awesome, awesome hub. When I find myself starting to get on the pity pot for some stupid thing, I have learned through the encouragement of a friend to sit down and make a gratitude list. And for extra measure I post the list on my blog. When life seems to be falling in all around us, and we start to feel sorry for ourselves or like we didn't get what we felt should be coming to us, that is the time to look up to God and say thank you for what you have given me. A friend of mine said she had a very bitter acquaintence who could say nothing other than "My life sucks...blah blah." So the friend said, "Oh, that's funny, I see you're wearing shoes today." "Yeah, so what?" "Well, how would it be if you lost your shoes and they were your only pair, and you were already having a bad day. Think how that would feel. So be grateful you have shoes to wear today." It really ticked the young gal off, but eventually she did concede that she was very happy to be wearing shoes and that she did indeed have a few things to be grateful for. This a a good reminder to us all. Great job and thanks.

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thank you jayb, Wizmindwing,Awaroa,lambservant for sharing your feelings and thoughts on gratitude. This brings me back to this hub time and time again and the list inspires me to view life differently. Blessings to you guys. :)

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SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America

WONDERFUL Michelle!!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful light and grateful heart :) Hugs 'n' appreciation

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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks Sylvia...coming from a heart who knows the value of gratitude, that means a lot! Hugs back...

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Love this hub, it made me smile and be more thankful! Great hub!

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prabhjotbedi 6 years ago from chandigarh


super collated

Moshood 6 years ago

I like 54 and 58 the most. It is true that it is through our mistakes that we learn that we may become wiser. Who knows what would become of us we we never made those mistakes or never stumble upon those people that transformed our lives. I love what I have become and in contentment I wrote this article... I hope you like it

Hope 5 years ago

Grateful that I Shared Quality time with my Mom and Dad who are now both Gone.... Enjoy them while you have them, it's too late when they are gone! Make things Right!

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

ripplemaker, you've written a wonderfully uplifting hub. People don't realize sometimes how many things there is out there to be grateful for. They are so busy looking at the negative that they miss the positive.

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ripplemaker 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Gals, thanks for dropping by and sharing the space of gratitude. :) Take care.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Just came across this hub, Michelle, and it is beautiful. Rated it up. Thanks for sharing this awesome list.

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Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

What a beautiful hub. Great food for thought! Well written. I really enjoyed reading it from start to finish.

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Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

Awesome hub.....your writing is so inspiring. I am a great believer in "an attitude of gratitude", but you make it so much more than I could think of in one day. Thank you and God bless you.

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emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans about putting my petty little problems into perspective.

Always great to get this kind of reminder. Even if it feels a little like a kick in the "tummy." :)

Thanks for this one.

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Green Art 5 years ago

Wonderful Hub! It's true there is so much to be grateful for. If I'm having a blue day I find it a good practice to start a list of all the things that are going right in my life. My day is often better when I do that. Great examples and photographs too.

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shoaibgmail 5 years ago

I would like to say this is an excellent hub that I have ever come across. Very informative.

lyzh 5 years ago

wow!your such an amazing woman....thank you for sharing it to to the world! God bless you always!!!!

ddfdffd 5 years ago

you are nice

Al Padilla Jr. 5 years ago

Amazing reminder for my students, family and dream makers teachers.

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

Your hub is a God send. I was writing a hub about having a tranquil Thanksgiving and found this hub. Thanksgiving is a unique American and Canadian holiday. Just imagine, if families actually were thankful on Thanksgiving there wouldn't be so much quarreling. Beautiful hub!

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battery4 5 years ago from USA

Good article,and we are always feel unhappy and feel unpleasure but,you remind us what we have ,the basic thing which we are always forgetting, but they are the basic we have .

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Heather Says 5 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Oh my goodness, what a list! You are right! I have tons to be thankful for. I had a crummy day yesterday and this just put a smile on my face! I love #s 56 (sharing laughter and funny moments) and 64(getting married)! I spent today with my maid of honor and we laughed ourselves to tears over silly little things. We were shopping for last minute things for next Saturday, which is my wedding day. Great hub! It really spoke to me! :)

EVAN 5 years ago

THANK YOU for generously putting up with this list. I am grateful! (be sharing this with my kids and friends)

Ron Lucas 5 years ago

And, I am grateful for your sharing the things you are grateful for.

star cantu 5 years ago

im thankful for the food on my table and thankful for my phone lolz.... and im realy thanks for the food, my life, my beautiful manssion that we got, and all my pittbulls i got and my parents.... i love u

Ron Lucas 5 years ago

And, I am grateful for you sharing this with us.

Jutta Kaymakcian 5 years ago

Yes, this is a great list indeed, but how do you deal with all the other stuff that you couldn't possible be grateful for. There are many things that will make life difficult beyond belief. I tried being grateful and it only got me so far.

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jeyaramd 5 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

The very fact that we are alive is a gift to be grateful for. There is so much to be grateful for. It is essential to be grateful in relationships for the little things that someone does for us. When we look for the meanings in all things; we are able to appreciate and love others. On the same token, when we look for faults, there are many. Why? Because, people are not perfect. Its what makes us human. Thanks for this enlightening and absolutely essential hub. I loved it immensely. Its great to be reminded of all the things we should be grateful. The very fact that I am breathing and am able to write this comment; I am grateful for. I am also grateful for the universe for having created me. Though, my time is short, I like to create a ripple as well. Thank you for sharing your awesome hub. Voted up up and away.

Ranjan Chowdhuri 5 years ago

Thank you young lady .It was like a breath of fresh air laden with truth which very often we miss out while pursuing our daily lives.God bless You.

a good person 4 years ago

i am thankful that i'm just like everyone else and i get along with everyone and i live in harmony with the world and i have all the material i ever wanted and have experienced all the sensations i could within my abundent freedom. i am most thankful to be part of the group :)

Danagato 4 years ago

Hi good job I'm 22 you are really peaceful appearing, ripplemaker

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Horatio Plot 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, England.

What a great hub. We forget sometimes. I read this to Mrs P. Good job.

I would point you towards the Nina Simone song, "Ain't Got No, I got Life."

Ron Lucas 3 years ago

I am thankful for you sharing your thoughts.

Donald 2 years ago

An " attitude of gratitude" is a good thought to keep in mind.

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poetryman6969 16 months ago

That's a lot of gratitude. You have a nice smile and that is something to be grateful for.

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