Increasing Your Wealth With a Daily Gratitude List

I'm grateful for Mother Earth
I'm grateful for Mother Earth

Why I Decided to Start a Gratitude List

It was one of those weeks where everyday something went wrong. Regardless of how hard I tried to stay positive, even through the mounting trials each day brought, I just could not seem to find my usual comfort zone. Even the meditation, positive affirmations or a big bowel of ice cream sprinkled with a few sunflower seeds and a dollop of whipped cream didn't seem to help.

I was determined to find a way to bring myself out of this dark place and back into the light.

Being the bright young-lady - ahem, :) that I am, I said to myself, " self, it is time to switch gears and take action beginning now. You are the only one that can turn things around so how about we begin with an attitude adjustment?

I remember reading somewhere "change your thinking, change your life". In order to follow such wise council I began to list everything I was grateful for. In order to keep my mind from relapsing this is how I went about changing my thinking.

I am grateful for all of nature and the peace it brings me
I am grateful for all of nature and the peace it brings me

Creating Your Own Peaceful Feeling

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" -William A. Ward

One can express gratitude in different ways:

  • Go for a walk
  • Take a 'gratitude break' at the workplace. Allow your mind to focus on those things you take for granted: Breathing, seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling.
  • Mentally make a list of three things you are grateful for during a nice warm shower or bath.
  • Say 'thank you' more often to show gratitude.

This is how I go about setting a peaceful mood:

  • First, I set the mood by playing a favorite CD called "The Prayer" with Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion.
  • Next I engaged in some deep diaphragmatic breathing as I listened to the beautiful lyrics of the song.
  • I follow with ice cold purified water with orange slices. (The ice cold water keeps the mind alert). If you prefer, hot green tea (peppermint) may be a good choice as well.
  • The idea is to be comfortable and totally relaxed. The deep breathing helps to focus and concentrate.

Next, choose the area to begin your list. If you select the computer, make your list special by creating a word document. I even place a beautiful image at the beginning of mine to bring me a sense of peace and comfort such as a sunset or the ocean.

This is your special creation - your gratitude list. You can do this any way you wish. I am only offering suggestions.

You may prefer to get nice and comfy on the sofa with a lite throw and big soft pillows. With soft, relaxing music in the background, pen and tablet at hand, you are ready to begin your gratitude list.


The Prayer

Source

Defining Wealth And Giving Gratitude

I am not rich, but I am wealthy. My wealth is my family, friends, good health, nutritious food and a warm bed. If you are reading this to learn how to become wealthy in terms of material possessions and a huge bank account...this is the way to begin .

I personally know of several people who have gone from nothing to having it all, just through giving gratitude for what they have, even if what they have seems like nothing. There is an unlimited amount of resources available for increasing your wealth. Many of these begin with being grateful. This is the first step to increasing your wealth. When you add daily positive affirmations along with your gratitude list, just watch what happens!

Things I'm Grateful For

Randy, Clancey and me, Audrey
Randy, Clancey and me, Audrey
             Pain reminds me that I can still feel
Pain reminds me that I can still feel
    Prayer...feeds my soul
Prayer...feeds my soul
      Tears..clean my eyes
Tears..clean my eyes
 Very Grateful for My Healthy Body
Very Grateful for My Healthy Body
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Making a Gratitude List

I choose a quiet area to begin my gratitude list. If I select the computer, I make my list special by creating a word document. I place a beautiful image at the beginning of my document to bring me a sense of peace and comfort such as a sunset or the ocean.

Let this be your special creation - your gratitude list. You can do this any way you wish. I am only offering suggestions.

You may prefer to get nice and comfy on the sofa with a lite throw and big soft pillows. With soft, relaxing music in the background, pen and tablet at hand, you are ready to begin your gratitude list.

I am forever grateful for:

  • Life itself
  • Family
  • Being loved
  • Loving others
  • Grandchildren
  • Health
  • My pets
  • Laughter
  • Great neighbors
  • My home
  • A beautiful area to live and grow in
  • Todd...my older son...now surfing in heaven with his Dad
  • Freedom
  • Music
  • My talents and gifts
  • Myself
  • Knowledge
  • The mistakes I've made
  • Forgiveness
  • Books
  • My Heavenly Father
  • Sleep
  • Memories
  • Hugs
  • My vehicle
  • Food and water
  • Friendships
  • Tears
  • Feelings
  • Touch
  • My Doctor
  • Safety
  • Prayer
  • Nature in all its varieties and forms
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Sight
  • Pain
  • Hub Pages and the endless list of gratitudes that go with it
  • YOU!


 

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” -Albert Schweitzer

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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firman afandi 5 years ago

some people always relate wealth with money, they didn't realize about the real wealth. great hub, I like it a lot especially the "big bowel of ice cream sprinkled with a few sunflower seeds and a dollop of whipped cream", gonna get some for myself ;p


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

WOW - Look at you! The first one to read my new hub. So pleased you liked it. Wanna share that bowl of icecream? :) Thanks, my friend.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA

Voted Up and Awesome VC a great way to meet life and living. I start my day recognizing that since I have opened my eyes, and gotten out of bed I am twice blessed from the start and every moment beyond that is a gift given by God that I ought to share with a smile. So here is one to share with you :-)


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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

What a wonderful way you've described how to do a gratitude journal vocalcoach. I can learn from all of this, thanks Voted Up!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love this hub. You have captured the true meaning of happiness and your suggestions sound like the recipe for a successful happy life. Voted up and awesome.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Homerun!!! Great hub and it's not rocket science. Voting up. Thanks for sharing.


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ReggieD06 5 years ago

Vocalcoach,

These heartfelt hubs from you are always inspiring. Thank you for a great start to my day!

Reggie D.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Lovely, beautiful, inspiring - I'm describing the photo of you hugging a tree. Oh, yes, your hub is that, too. Appreciating what they have is a mindset people often lose as they grow older. Thanks for reminding us, Audrey, in such a lovely way.

BTW, Is that a doggie toy that Clancey is holding in his mouth in that photo? He is a cutie. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - What a magnificent way to start my day! Your comments are my fuel...you have also added an important point here with how we lose appreciation as we get older.

My Clancey is holding a baby's "binkie" in his mouth. Can you believe that? My friends baby dropped it's binkie and Clancey picked it up and claimed it for himself! :)


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Ashantina 5 years ago

As I was reading this it was like you'd penned my own thoughts and way of living.. It truly is life changing when you become grateful for ALL of the abundance in your life.

Thank you for sharing.. I am always grateful to meet positive people such as yourself :)


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fucsia 5 years ago

I like this Hub! Some months ago I found a pebble in my shoe. It had not given me any nuisance, I saw it only when I removed the shoe. Now this pebble is under my mirror in bathroom. Every time I look me, I see it. And every time I see it I remember to be greatful for something. It is not my idea but I was inspired by the movie "the secret". For me is a useful way to not forget all the beatiful thing there are in my life! Thanks for sharing your list!


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dallas93444 5 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Awesome and flagup! Your "richness" is one that cannot be taken away, or "lost." You have the sole discretion to keep and maintain your "riches..."


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richtwf 5 years ago

A beautiful hub filled plentifully with wonderful reasons to be grateful. A great reminder to help us to remember to appreciate what we all have in our lives.

Thanks my friend for sharing and God bless you.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

No money doesn't bring happiness. That is something you got to find yourself. Well writtenhub.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very beautiful vocalcoach! Thank you dear! God bless you dear one!


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Thanks because this is a good pep talk for me and a reminder. I keep thinking about what I don't have right now - like a certain amount of needed cash. But I have sooooo much to be grateful for - I mean it. It is overwhelming.

But the negative gets in the way and consumes. So what I am going to do now is send an email to my gratitude partner. We used to regularly send each other a list of ten things to be grateful for then forgot. It's been months.

I'm alive again - yay! And grateful - for your hub. Rated up!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

thelistlady = Fantastic! An excellent idea - a gratitude partner. And you just watch what happens. In no time, extra cash will come your way. Gratitude unblocks whatever is in the way for the cash flow. I am thrilled that this has helped you. What a sweetie you are! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello my Micky :)- You are so kind. I always appreciate your support and you should see me "light up" when I get a message from you. Stay well and remember who loves 'ya baby! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello - How very true! You are a wise and beautiful lady.

Your fan and friend, vocalcoach :)


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Oh my gosh my dear vc! VC(?). I'd better stick with vocalcoach! Oh my dear vocalcoach! If only people who really knew me felt this way! God bless you dear one!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Micky - I REALLY know you. I have come to know the true Micky through his admirable articles here on HP. You write with your heart and the heart reveals integrity, insite and wisdom. You support all of us here in our HP family. YOU....are love!!!


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

I am grateful that I was able to read your inspiring hub today! We always have something to be truly grateful for. :) Thanks for reminding me!


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Yes, I am back because I sent my gratitude partner my gratitude list and within 24 hours she sent me her list. Wonderful. It felt like a weight was lifted and I am so much more productive today - yay! And thanks again!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hmrjmr1 - I love the way you wake up with gratitude. A healthy attitude and one we should all follow. You are such a positive person. Inspiring! Thanks for the lovely comments and much joy to you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Carrie 450 - Thanks to you, beautiful lady for the lovely comments. I am grateful to you! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

breakfastpop - Good morning pop. :) What a great way to start my day. (reading a comment by you). You always find the best in my hubs and it is a motivating force for me. Thank you. I lift my cup of coffee to you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cwarden - So very nice to read your comments. You are right - there is always something to be grateful for. And I am grateful for you cwarden! :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fiddleman - I can see that you are filled with gratitude and therefore an example for all to follow. Thank you Fiddleman!


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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK

I'm grateful for your hub and for knowing you Vocalcoach :-).


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onrea 5 years ago from Rochester, NY

Once again very nice! Positive affirmations sure do accumilate in our mind and build a wealth of FAITH! With faith, anything is possible. Nice hub!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ReggieD06 - Thank you very much for reading and commenting on my latest hub. When I receive comments like this, from YOU, I am honored. I feel good! :)


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Song-Bird 5 years ago from Michigan

What a wonderful hub! It really keeps things in perspective when you count your blessings. I always find this to be very helpful when things may not be going so well. Once you list or just think of all the positives, you become uplifted.


amybradley 5 years ago

This is something I think all of us need to do much more and more often then we actually do. Whenever I stop to think of all I have been given and blessed with in this life, I feel so much less angry or sad about the things I feel I did not have. Doing this simple thing really does make you "feel" inside a richer human than some with lots of actual money wealth may even feel at times, thanks so very much for sharing this here with us, inspiring stuff!! A.B.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ashatina - I'm so pleased that you read my hub and practice gratitude in you daily life. It is a joy to meet you...I have a feeling we have much in common and I look forward to reading more of your articles. Peace!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fucsia - Thank you for sharing your beautiful story about the pebble in your shoe. I will always remember your gratitude experience. You took something that could have been an irritation and turned it into a blessing. Magnificent! Peace and love to you, my sister.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dallas93444 - You make an excellent point - "Your "richness" is one that cannot be taken away, or "lost." You have the sole discretion to keep and maintain your "riches..."

Thank you for sharing this and adding to my article. I appreciate the vote.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Richtwf - One thing I have learned is this. If we spend our time being grateful, there is no time left for worry, stress, depression and other negative enfluences. And dear friend...I am so grateful for you!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful, Audrey. If you don't mind, I'm going to edit my Thanksgiving hub about blessings and gratitude and link it to this one...


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear amybradley - I have had many extremely wealthy friends in my life. Most of them are miserable. They worry about their finances constantly. It is true, that money does not buy happiness. Gratitude does. Thanks for your very good comments, full of wisdom. vocalcoach.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dearest Denise...Oh, thank you...that is so nice of you!

You are a rare and giving friend, and one of my greatest blessings. Peace and love!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

It's like you're right inside my head and heart, cause you are,we're all connected with the universe. Having true gratitude was a growing up step for me,but not until my 50's. Oh my! Haven't written my gratitudes down on paper, but after reading your hub, that's what I intend to do.

PS. that duet was the most beautiful I've ever, ever heard! It made me cry! I am grateful for you being who you are!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jantayama - Oh, thank you for being here. It is a pleasure to have you leave me a comment I love your writing!


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

What a beautiful expression of the wealth you have in your life. We all need to take pause to make our "gratitude list". Sometimes it is right in front of us and until we say it out loud or write it down, we often forget or overlook our blessings. Thanks for sharing, voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome...


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

MyMastiffPuppies - You are right on target! We do tend to forget how wealthy we really are. I am, for example, grateful to you, my new friend. You are supportive, creative and talented. I thank you so much!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fossillady - well, I am certainly grateful for you! Now I have one more thing to add to my gratitude list. You!

I think it is marvelous that you practice being grateful.

And I am impressed at how much you loved the video. It is one of my favorites and I am always touched by it...as I am with your comments. Joy and love to you!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I wish I could be your darn neighbor:-). You are really what it's all about. Sharing laughter, kind, wishes, inspiring thoughts - up awesome and outaasite:-)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

...well, my precious one, I would consider being your neighbor the best of all gifts. We may even stir up a little girl trouble once in a while, like eating a complete box of See's chocolates!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

You may reconsider after you have had to hear some of my singing:-)

See's Chocolates! Where?? Chocolate is one of my weaknesses but also a great love. Ummmm.....but if we each only ate half of the box? Haha!


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

A wealth of information here. Especially being grateful when what you have seems like nothing. v/r


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glowingrocks 5 years ago from New York

Great writ here my dear!:)Thanks for sharing.This wealth you speak of is free,one only needs to accept and acknowledge and embrace it.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Support Med. - I understand...I truly do. But think about this...you have a good and active mind that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings. That in and of itself, is alot to be thankful for. You are wealthy in that department. And I am wealthier too, for knowing you!

glowingrocks - What you have added is golden truth. I thank you for that. It is, indeed a free gift. Blessings to you and thank you.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Song-Bird - How true, how true! Especially during these trying times and the mess the world is in...it is more helpful than ever to take a minute and count our blessings. You, are added to my list. :)vocalcoach


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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

I love this vocalcoach. What a great idea for an article as well. Thank you for sharing your gratitude list. You are a blessing here on HubPages & I'm grateful to you.

Thanks and Have a Blessed day!

PS. Can I copy some of those on your list? Sometimes I forget how many blessings I truly have. Your list reminds me of what I am grateful for as well.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Every day is a blessing and you are so right about the things on your list. I'll add to it the ability to walk and to see as two of my friends have difficulty with these seemingly normal functions as they move further into their nineties. We have so much to be thankful for everyday.

I listened to the beautiful vocal you added here from Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Perfect touch while reading this uplifting article.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thanks so much Peg. Your comments are beautiful. When ever I start to complain about my own aches and pains, I stop to think about how blessed I am that I can even feel them. I always find someone else worse of than myself. Glad you liked the video as it is one of my favorites.

Just finished a new hub about "butter beans" and I took 2 of the photos myself and would like you to take a quick look at them. They are not very good, but give me enough time and I will improve :) Thank you.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

So important to feel gratitude everyday! Thank you!


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

Incredible hub, and what a wonderful life lesson. It is a blessing to acknowledge your ups. even the things we somehow see as tragic, there is something to gain from every experience... you have shared something co close to your heart, and now I have another thing to thank God for. truly a blessing (this hub)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

glowingrocks - Your comments are welcomed. Giving thanks for how much or how little we have opens the door for more. I've witnessed this first hand. Thank you for being here.

@Faithdream - You are a blessing to me as well. Please feel free to copy any or all of the tips you like. We all need to remind ourselves to be greatful everyday, especially when times are tough. Thank you!

@Audrey Howitt - Hi Audrey. I always want to "sing" when I see you at my hub house. And BTW, I am greatful for you!

@Laurinzo Scott - Your words have touched my heart. For me to be told that my very hub is a blessing to you is so much more than I deserve. Thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts!

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