Expressing Gratitude

Expressing Gratitude examines what the author is grateful for and suggest further reading on the benefits of being grateful.

“Whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.” ~M.J. Ryan

Thanksgiving in Canada is celebrated on the second Monday in October. This is perhaps a little known fact beyond our borders, but in recognition of the American Thanksgiving this week, and well, just because it’s always a good thing to count your blessings, I thought I would write about gratitude today.

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ~John F. Kennedy

I’m grateful for the good people in my life, and yes, there are many whose paths I regularly cross, who are related by blood, are connected by shared interests or goals, or are in my life just because, who make me smile and laugh, support and look out for me, and validate my contribution and existence on this earth.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” ~Cynthia Ozick

I’m grateful for my good health, and the good health of those I hold dear.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

I’m also grateful for the four legged members of my family. They keep me company when I’m here alone through the day working, they make me laugh, they are loyal, they force me to get off my butt and away from my computer far more than I would otherwise, and they comfort me in ways only they are capable of (sloppy kisses, wet snouts in my ear, leaning into me or sitting on my feet, a warm purring bundle on my lap…) when they know I’m having a bad day.

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” ~Ralph H. Blum

I have many blessings that I am grateful for. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” ~Helen Keller

The Benefits of Gratitude

“Gratitude is the best attitude.” ~Author Unknown

There’s more to gratitude than you might think. Being grateful helps to keep us happy and healthy. Check out these articles if you want to learn more.

A Practical Guide to Gratitude

What is Gratitude?

The Geography of Gratitude

20 Mind-Blowing Facts About Gratitude

The 31 Benefits of Gratitude You Didn’t Know About: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life

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