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Living Life with Gratitude

Updated on November 19, 2013

A Daily Resolution - Be Grateful for What Life Brings

Many of the simple things in life can be reasons for being grateful. These are often things that we tend to take for granted--our health, family, friends, our livelihood--until they are brought to our attention or taken away.

Remembering to be grateful daily for one's health, family, friends, a job during a recession, having a roof over one's head and food on the table is a good way to start living with gratitude.

As each year ends and a new one begins we have the opportunity to stop and reflect on the current state of our lives and remember to be grateful. Each New Day can give us the chance to start anew and is an excellent time to start keeping a Gratitude Journal, as a written reminder of for all that you have to be grateful.

Take a few moments as you read through this lens, think about what are grateful for everyday in your life and with your family.

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If you begin looking at each breath as a blessing, then suddenly everything in an ordinary life becomes a miracle-delighting in the colors of the setting sun, feeling the rain on your face or smelling the amazing fragrance of a single perfect rose.

— Kirsti A. Dyer
Copyright Kirsti A. Dyer
Copyright Kirsti A. Dyer

Expressing Affirmations of Gratitude

An Affirmation is "a positive short statement that you repeat to yourself to help you work toward a goal in a positive frame of mind" or one that "has been specifically worded for the purpose of reprogramming the subconscious mind with positive and spiritual thoughts."

You can get yourself to feel more grateful about life and to live with gratitude, by practicing some simple affirmations.

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Simple Affirmations of Gratitude - Affirmations to Live Life with Gratitude

This is a series of affirmations that you can use to live life with more gratitude.

You could also pick any of the scattered quotes within this lens to use as a longer grateful affirmation.

  • Upon rising think:

    Today I am grateful for...

Repeat the Lyrics of the song "Grateful" by John Bucchino:Grateful, grateful,Truly grateful I am.Grateful, grateful.Truly blessedAnd duly grateful.Perhaps the simplest of grateful affirmations:Life is good.

Five Years of Gratitude Journal on Amazon

Daily Gifts: A Five Year Gratitude Journal (Diary, Notebook)
Daily Gifts: A Five Year Gratitude Journal (Diary, Notebook)

The New Gratitude Journal available from the makers of the film, "The Secret."

The Secret Gratitude Journal has helpful journal prompts, gratitude in many different languages and in the beautiful old style script used in "The Secret."

This journal was one I gifted to myself this Christmas to use as my Gratitude Journal for 2008.

 

Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Starting a Gratitude Journal can be pretty easy. All you need to do is to pick a blank journal that you will enjoy writing in and then write down a daily list of things for which you are grateful or things that bring joy, happiness or abundance into your life.

The number varies from three, to five to ten. Five is usually the number suggested. First thing in the morning or before you go to bed you can write about five things for which you are grateful.

Sarah Ban Breathnach explains the purpose behind the gratitude journal:

  • As the months pass and you fill your journal with blessings, an inner shift in your reality will occur. Soon you will be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling.
  • As you focus on the abundance rather than on the lack in your life, you will be designing a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming your dreams into reality.
Researchers have found that expressing daily gratitude and focusing on the positive can in turn change your perspective. Writing in a Gratitude Journal can restore a sense of optimism, positive feelings, energy, enthusiasm and provide a greater sense of well being.

Source: Ban Breathnach S. Gratitude Journal.

Photo Source: Kirsti A. Dyer. Journaling.

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,

"thank you,"

that would suffice.

— Meister Eckhart

Gratitude Journal Prompts - Ways to Get Started Writing a Gratutide Journal

Here are three different quotes with questions as suggestions for starting you writing about gratitude:

  1. Real life isn't always going to be perfect or go our way,

    but the recurring acknowledgment

    of what is working in our lives

    can help us not only to survive but surmount our difficulties.

    Sarah Ban Breathnach

    Take a moment to think and reflect before you start writing then consider the question "What is working in your life?"

  2. Appreciation of life itself,

    becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive,

    on this planet,

    can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle.

    Dan Wakefield

    After reading this quote, think about this question, "What are some of the simple things in your life for which you are grateful?"

  3. We can only be said to be alive

    in those moments

    when our hearts

    are conscious of our treasures.

    Thornton Wilder

    Pause for a moment and reflect upon the question "What you have or who is in your life that you hold dear?"

The Gratitude Journal on Amazon

The Gratitude Journal
The Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal that will help you create a positive outlook on who you are and who you want to be.

It will guide you on a journey to find happiness and being grateful for what life may bring.

This journal makes you think about simple things and focuses on being positive.

 

Why Gratitude Works - YouTube

Dr. Christine Carter explains why gratitude works.

Gratitude Journals - Available on Amazon

The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude
The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude

Sarah Ban Breathnach's classic gratitude journal.

 
A Serenity Journal: 52 Weeks of Prayer and Gratitude
A Serenity Journal: 52 Weeks of Prayer and Gratitude

A serenity journal that focuses on both gratitude and prayer.

 
The Gratitude Habit: A 365 Day Journal and Workbook: A tool for creating positive feelings in your daily life
The Gratitude Habit: A 365 Day Journal and Workbook: A tool for creating positive feelings in your daily life

A gratitude journal and workbook to help instill positive thoughts into daily living.

 

Giving Thanks for an Amazing Day

Quotes for Living Life with Gratitude

  • i thank you God for this most amazing day,
  • for the leaping greenly spirits of trees,
  • and for the blue dream of sky
  • and for everything which is natural,
  • which is infinite, which is yes.
  • e.e. cummings

Photo Source: Kirsti A. Dyer MD, MS.

Be thankful for what you have and you will end up having more. But if you concentrate on what you don't have, you'll never, ever have enough.

— Oprah Winfrey

Fill a Journal with Your Reasons for Gratitude

Use these beautiful blank journals to fill them up with your reasons for being grateful.

Appreciation of life itself,

becoming suddenly aware

of the miracle of being alive on this planet,

can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle.

— Dan Wakefield

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks on Amazon

Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks (Julie Andrews Collection)
Grateful: A Song of Giving Thanks (Julie Andrews Collection)

This book with the accompanying CD is one of the books that I got for my daughters to teach them about gratitude and being grateful.

When they were younger we would read it to them before bed at night and then ask what everyone was "grateful for" from the day. The girls still say their "gratefuls" as a daily practice.

 

A Powerful Message on Living Gratefully on YouTube - Living Life with Gratitude

Be Thankful Today

Quotes for Living Life with Gratitude

  • Let us rise up and be thankful,
  • for if we didn't learn a lot today,
  • at least we learned a little,
  • and if we didn't learn a little,
  • at least we didn't get sick,
  • and if we got sick,
  • at least we didn't die;
  • so, let us all be thankful.
  • Buddha

Being Grateful in the Midst of a Challenge

Living Life with Gratitude

As strange at it might seem even in the midst of a major life challenge most people can still find something to be thankful for or something for which they can express gratitude, if only that the situation isn't worse.

Comedian-actor Jim Carrey, who has faced his own series of personal difficulties, challenges anyone in their darkest moment to

  • Write what they're grateful for, even stupid little things like green grass or a friendly conversation with somebody on the elevator.
  • You start to realize how rich you are.
Maintaining a sense of gratitude will not only help us survive, but can help us to thrive when facing difficulties. Remember as St. Paul wrote,

  • When the heart is full of gratitude, there is little room left for despair.
Try and think back on a difficult time. Is there anything that you could have been grateful for during that time?

A Grateful Heart - Collection of Daily Blessings - In the Amazon Spotlight

A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles
A Grateful Heart: Daily Blessings for the Evening Meal from Buddha to the Beatles

One of the books that I have in my own collection.

A birthday gift from my Dad several years ago.

 

Gratitude is an Easy, Painless Practice

Quotes for Living Life with Gratitude

  • Gratitude is said to be a virtue, but I find it helpful to think of it as a practice.
  • Unlike playing the piano, meditating, or playing sports, the practice of gratitude is easy and painless.
  • You practice it each time you thank someone.
  • Marcia Z. Nelson

Source: Nelson MZ. An Excerpt from The Gospel According to Oprah. SpiritualityandPractice.com

If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation,

you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude,

a feeling that nurtures the soul.

— Rabbi Harold Kushner

Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life

Quotes for Living Life with Gratitude

  • Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
  • Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
  • Melody Beattie

Tips on Living Gratitude

Tips from Robert Emmons on Cultivating Gratitude

  1. Life is an invitation toward Gratitude.
  2. Practice Gratitude intentionally.
  3. Gratitude is the best approach to life.

Gratitude Works - YouTube Video

Find out from Robert Emmons why Gratitude works.

Recommended Books on the Science of Gratitude - Available from Amazon

Books on gratitude from Robert Emmons.

Expressing and Living Gratitude

Quotes for Living Life with Gratitude

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

A Beautiful Video that Asks What Are You Grateful For? - Living Life with Gratitude

Bringing Joy and Laughter into Your Life

Quotes for Living Life with Gratitude

  • Gratitude helps you to grow and expand;
  • gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life
  • and into the lives of all those around you.
  • Eileen Caddy

Recommended Books on Gratitude and Gratefulness - Available on Amazon

How to Practice Gratitute

Tips on how to teach gratitude with children.

  1. Keep a Gratitude Journal/Lists
  2. Write a Gratitude Letter
  3. Ask kids to tell you 3 good things about their day.

Teaching Gratitude on YouTube

Listen to Dr. Christine Carter talk about teaching gratitude to children.

We often take for granted

the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

— Cynthia Ozick

Share the gratitude.

Post three things that you are grateful for in your life.

What are you Grateful for in your life? - A Simple Reminder to Life Life with Gratitude

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @TapIn2U: With gratitude

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I love the 'Grateful' chant! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @imagelist lm: Thank you

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great lens with valuable info...

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @Joan Haines: A very good reason to be grateful.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Today, I am grateful for my sister's test results that show no cancer.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @Gypzeerose: Glad to know someone is reading the lens.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      Another wonderful lens. I am involved in a deep spiritual pursuit at my church, and we have been given a multitude of assignments this week. Our teacher told us if we can just do one - practice gratitude. Four times in the AM and Four times at night, but I think it is the practice more than the number in this case. I loved the video on gratitude by Brother David Steindl-Rast - he is a new teacher to me. I also really loved the GreaterGood Gratitude journal, where the science of the benefits of gratitude is proven scientifically, and we are given practices to help our kids learn this. Blessed, and featured on my own lens: http://www.squidoo.com/2012-365-days-of-gratitude. Thanks for making my day.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am grateful for the simple things in life

      I am grateful that I can be ME

      I am grateful to have a roof over my head

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      all starts with gratitude...love...gratitude...whole days long

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      JenaleeMortensen 5 years ago

      Gratitude is so important in life, yet it can be hard to feel at times. Thanks for the ideas and suggestions on how to express and feel gratitude.

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      MerryChicky 5 years ago

      What wonderful quotes about gratitude here! Thank you for gathering them together. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Its always good to be reminded of the things we can be grateful for, and this has been a great way to start my day. Very encouraging lens and right on. :)

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      My son often reminds me to be grateful. I have post-its around that remind me to do so.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      im grateful to be alive myself, but im even more grateful for life as a whole.If weâre simply grateful for life itself, we can be thankful even when we have nothing. Our gratitude is rooted in the permanent and not ever-changing landscape of our lives. <3 <3 everyone is a source of love therefore everyone should spread love every second of their life <3 the love that you give is equal to the love that you get, so keep giving love and your spirit will live in bliss for all eternity. notice everytime you give love, 100x times the amount of that love given gets jolted back into you. so keep giving

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am grateful for so many things...we have a blessed life. Like this lens much.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      This lens just made me realize that we really have to live life with gratitude, simply because it makes every significant person and experience in our life meaningful and sensible. you are doing a great job with this lens. Lovely work!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I totally agree about the importance of living a life filled with gratitude. Just yesterday, my friends and me were talking about being grateful for the little things in life and we were comparing life back 2 and 3 decades ago. It made us appreciate much and be thankful. I thankful for being able to be thankful, and I want to be more thankful. And I'm thankful you made this lens as a reminder to us to be thankful...thank you! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am grateful for every single thing that has happened in my life-good or bad because without it I do no think i would be the strong person I am today. All of these positive attributes that exists within me could never be possible without the grace of God, my family and friends! This lens was extremely beautiful and well written. These are things we must be grateful for-the Inspiration!

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      Maurice Glaude 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I'm grateful for this lens. I didn't know the secret had a gratitude journal.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Lack of showing appreciation - gratitude is an epidemic!

      So many personal issues would not arise if individuals would show and express gratitude for what they have and what they receive.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      That we are continually blessed. We don't have much but we have enough and that is what I am grateful for. Angel blessed.

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      javr 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My son, daughter and wife. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      So many things but primarily a very nice husband.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      wow, nice lens. I love the attitude: Living life with Gratitude. I see peace of mind here. Thumbs up.

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      JJNW 7 years ago from USA

      Wonderful ideas and reminders to see the blessings in our daily lives. I am grateful for some new friends I have found, for our new faster internet, and for a wonderful family.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I'm grateful to you for sharing these beautiful thoughts, grateful for my loving family, and grateful to God for all the abundant gifts he showers on us everyday! : )

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I m grateful for every second of my wonderful life. Since i started to be grateful last year, my life change dramaticly. From homelesness in eastern europe to beautiful house on south coast of UK. From no one to business owner. From very unhappy to very happy women. Life is great. Just dare to dream and be grateful. Anna

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      SaraMu LM 8 years ago

      I've started using Twitter to say why I'm grateful every day. Something about making it pubic gives it more impact.

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      Gratitude changes us.. nice lens!

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      JenaleeMortensen 8 years ago

      Great lens. Gratitude is so important. Thank you for sharing ways to show our gratitutde.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      I love this lens! I agree that an attitude of gratitude is such a great way to be.

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      SerenityPrayerG 8 years ago

      Wonderful Lens, thanks again! I am grateful for kindness in all of its many forms! :-) Thanks for asking! :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great lens! I was listening to a podcast on gratitude today. Often we bring bad results into our lives because we are so focused on lack: on whining and complaining. It's no wonder that the Bible teaches us to give thanks continuously: it's what we were created for.

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      clemency lm 8 years ago

      What a great lens. You have inspired me to start my own gratitude journal. Many thanks

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      happiness_setpoint 8 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens! You share a lot of great information and resources on living with gratitude in this lens. When you get a chance, I'd love it if you'd drop by my lens and say hello.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Gratitude changes everything!

      Expressing appreciation opens our heart and mind, relieves tension, and allows the immune system to function more efficiently. Grateful people smile more, take things less seriously, and worry less.

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      tinnitus 9 years ago

      Saying the words "Thank you" is enough to show one's gratitude. Never forget to say "thank you" to your family, friends & even to strangers.

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      tinnitus 9 years ago

      Saying the words "Thank you" is enough to show one's gratitude. Never forget to say "thank you" to your family, friends & even to strangers.

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 9 years ago from FL

      I love this lens! Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. I am grateful for my family, they are my greatest treasure.

      Have a wonderful day!

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      AmyMarkle 9 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens, what a wonderful way to begin my day! I am grateful for my health, my family and the abundance in my life! Beauty is all around us and we will certainly find what we are looking for.

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      pink_forest 9 years ago

      This is a great lens! It's easy to find things to be grateful for when you practise living in the moment. I'd love for you to drop by my lens and say hello when you get the chance.

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      Marelisa 9 years ago

      What a beautiful and inspiring lens. I'm grateful for my great, comfortable apartment, my two nephews and one niece, and the wonderful response that I am getting in my new blog.

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      transformed lm 9 years ago

      I am grateful for this lens on gratitude! I practice Ho Oponopono and use gratitude daily!Thank you!

      Blessings

      Keoi

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      SerenityPrayerG 9 years ago

      Unexpected kindness, the beauty of the day, the opportunity to be of service while doing what I love. Great lens! Thanks! :-)

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      hypnoplace 9 years ago

      When you believe: "I'll be happy when...", you are always deferring happiness.

      Keep up the good work.

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      relax 9 years ago

      I am grateful to be able to share my life with my beautiful wife. I am grateful to experience the moment. I am grateful to be able to share my passion.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I am grateful for my husband, grateful that my children are safe, and grateful for our gas furnace in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, among many other things. I am grateful that you joined the Squidoo's Great in 2008 group!

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      flaminglacer 10 years ago

      Glad to have you as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Group - drop by the Group HQ sometime and see what is there for you. Great Lens!

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      clouda9 lm 10 years ago

      I am grateful for my husband; truly, deeply, madly, I am grateful for my funky house on this gorgeous hill, I am grateful for my warm and loving family! Thank you for this beautiful lens!