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Being Grateful is an Attitude

Updated on August 24, 2017

An Attitude of Gratitude: What Are You Grateful For?

There are many benefits of being grateful, or thankful, including improvement of both physical and mental health. What are you grateful for in your life? Are you grateful for your health, some kind deeds done by friends, or even something smaller in your life? The benefits of small things in our lives are often overlooked. Sometimes we don't see the obvious, especially in tough times, and it's hard to be grateful for something you don't recognize. But you can learn to see these better.

This page on the Attitude of Gratitude and what people are most thankful for might just help you see some of the smaller things in life, as well as the bigger ones that bring happiness to our worlds. When we really think about what we have to be thankful, or grateful for it reminds us that there is always something! And this realization can bring happiness. Happiness to ourselves or others, as attitudes are contagious.

Please take the polls, share your view, and above all else....take a moment and really look around and note what's in your world to be grateful for.

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One day at a time, One thought, One Thank You, and Remember Gratitude is an Attitude
One day at a time, One thought, One Thank You, and Remember Gratitude is an Attitude

Human Nature

A lesson I learned in the Peace Corps was that we often take for granted what we have.

An Attitude of Gratitude - Something all of us can do to make our lives even better

Is There a Difference Between Being Thankful and Being Grateful? - Poll to see how many think there is a difference between thankfulness and gratitude

Is there a difference between being thankful or grateful

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Showing Gratitude Makes Us and Others Around Us Feel Happy

Being thankful or grateful the feeling is the same
Being thankful or grateful the feeling is the same

Give Us Your opinion on the Difference or Similarity

Do you think there's a difference between being Grateful and Thankful?

Be Thankful

Be Thankful Poster by Kathy McGraw
Be Thankful Poster by Kathy McGraw

What Are You Most Grateful For?

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our day to day lives, with all the struggles that can come with it, that we can forget what it is we're grateful for. Is it job related or the fact that we're healthy? Are we grateful, or thankful for each new day and all the possibilities it holds, or do we allow life's stressers to dominate our attitude?

Take this short poll and share if you want why you voted the way you did.

What are you the most grateful for?

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Some Good Links For Inspirational Sites - These are sites that are inspirational

Sometimes we find inspiration in different places. Some people find it through spiritual readings, some from The Law of Attraction, and some from other readings. I tried to put a variety of sites here, as often times we see something and it just "hits" us, and other times we aren't ready for that message. You will also find an online gratitude journal that you can write 5 things, then save it and print.

Share Your Gratitude

Saying "Thank You" can not only brighten your day, but it can be just the words someone else needs to improve their day!

Keeping a Gratitude Journal

People that suffer depression know they have things to be grateful for, but aren't able to appreciate them. Keeping a journal helps you go back and see what you have written when you need it. It's a reminder of your own feelings of gratitude. This can help everyone, not just depressed people!

A Gratitude Journal - keep your own thoughts for health and happiness

Writing what you are thankful for, or grateful for, has two main benefits. Writing helps organize our thoughts, and it also serves as a reminder when we need it of the attitude we had at the time.

Write 3-5 things a day you're grateful for.

Be Grateful for the Challenges

It's easy to be thankful for the good things, but it's the challenges that make us stronger and appreciate more.

Thank you for visiting and let us know what you think - Comments are very much appreciated

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      Christine Larsen 

      4 years ago from South Australia

      As you know Kathy, just 'shared' the beautiful gratitude poem above on my Facebook page here in Australia... thank you once again. As it's a given that we will all wrinkle up sooner or later, isn't it worth working on the upwardly mobile variety that come from smiling, and the feeling of a heart crowded itself with love and happiness, thankfulness and gratitude?

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      4 years ago

      Reading this made me feel so very lucky really. I voted All of the Above in your "What are you grateful for" poll. I love your own "Everything starts with a sunrise" quotation which is beautiful and shares the same type of sentiment as one of my favorite quotes which is "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us" by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is easy to overlook the good when we are going through challenging times and having a little reminder really helps.

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      hartworks lm 

      6 years ago

      Every night before falling asleep, my husband and I discuss what was best for us that day and what we are most grateful for. Great habit.

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      6 years ago

      Funny the quote about depressed people being unable to appreciate the things they have. For me, understanding and appreciating what I have is depressing in itself, since so many others are so worse off. it's a double-edged sword, methinks.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      6 years ago from California

      @kimmanleyort: Thanks Kim...I guess I never told you I put your site on this lens :) And thank YOU for those wonderfully inspiring photo classes of yours. I love how you use photography combined with writing to inspire!

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      6 years ago

      Wow, I was reading this wonderful lens and then was surprised to see my site added. I'm grateful for you, Kathy, because you are one of the most supportive people I've ever met. We all need to help each other out and you are a great example of that.

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      7 years ago

      I keep a gratitude journal. It's one of the three that I have. The other two are my reflections journal and my planning journal. Thank you for making this lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I'm thankful and grateful for you. I remember the time when we were working towards becoming Giant Squids and your encouragement meant a lot to me. Thanks for all that you do on Squidoo. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving...stay blessed! :)

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      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Writing in a gratitude journal helps us to remember what we are grateful for -- especially the small, everyday things that matter just as much as the 'big' moments. Reading 'reminders' like this article keeps us from forgetting the daily bits of life we appreciate and are thankful for.

      Adding this page to the section "How Other Squidoo Lensmasters Express Their Thankfulness" on my Thanksgiving lens. You have the right 'attitude', Kathy! :)

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      7 years ago

      It lightens my heart to read this lens about Being Grateful is an Attitude, it opened my eyes to the greater world around us as the the Creator wanted for us. Megwetch sister.

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      7 years ago

      In the past couple of months I have discovered that things that seemed to be obstacles turned out to be blessings in disguise. We are learning how to look for the hidden messages in why things happen a certain way. I am grateful to be able to live a happy life.

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      7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Your page seems to strike home and speak loudly, even more so now during these difficult times for so many. A page that gladdens the heart and invokes good thoughts :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful page on Gratitude Kathy, it is so inspiring. We have to be greateful everyday and never take anything for granted. Even the smallest things to us, are huge for the ones that don't have them.

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      luvmyludwig lm 

      7 years ago

      This is beautiful. It really speaks to me right now. There's been a lot going on in my life and I have been thinking about gratitude alot. I am really hoping to begin daily gratitude journaling (can't figure out what form yet) for the next year. I can't express how important I think gratitude is. This is beautifully written. Also, I love the poster and the recommended links.

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      7 years ago

      Very nice article, Kathy. Your journal idea is excellent. It's so hard to be thankful when depressed or things aren't going well. Looking back could help change our thought patterns and our whole perspective.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      @indigoj: Pear- and it's those "less positive" things that often we need to look at in a different light. It's hard to be grateful when someone is hungry, lost a loved one, or any number of things. That's why writing them down helps....just a couple positive things a day can mean a lot. We might have to look for them, but that's part of the journey to an attitude of gratitude :)

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      @Stazjia: Thanks Carol...I've been doing a lot of thinking too :)

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      Indigo Janson 

      7 years ago from UK

      It's true, we find it easy to be thankful for the positives, it takes more work to be thankful for the less positive things.

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Another of your very thoughtful articles which made me think. Blessed.


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