1. I believe in the power of gratitude, of expressing thanks. I don’t know why some people resist the idea, but they do. Your ideas about how to cultivate gratitude ring true with me. Thanks for putting this post together. I am grateful. 😊

  2. I’m a huge fan of gratitude Christie – I truly believe that it’s central to finding lasting joy in life. It changes our focus and it helps us to recognize the blessings around us. Good luck with the challenge (I’m not very good at keeping up with daily challenges, but I know they’re a great way to remind people to think about the things they often overlook.)
    And I’m thankful that today’s my birthday and I get to see my extended family, begin a new decade, and have the time and space to enjoy it all. x

    • Happy belated birthday Leanne! I hope it was wonderful. I agree with gratitude being central to joy. So far, so good on the challenge. A lot of the activities are things I do anyway as a general practice, but it’s a good reminder to be mindful about the experience. Here’s to our sixties being a decade of gratitude, joy, and growth!

  3. Christie, I have been thinking a lot lately about the difference between happy people and those who seem bitter at life. I am convinced that the biggest difference is Gratitude, and most especially the daily acknowledgment of all that is good in one’s life. I don’t keep a gratitude journal, but I am a mostly positive person and I live mindfully and with intention.

    Sometimes I get bogged down in the weeds, so #2 is a good one for me to remember. Today I am thankful that I received my COVID booster shot and suffered very few side effects.

    • Hello Suzanne. I completely agree that gratitude and acknowledging all that is good in one’s life is key to being happy. It’s not always easy to see when things aren’t going as you would hope, but there are always things to be grateful for. Wishing you a happy, gratitude-filled November.

  4. Hi, Christie – Like Suzanne, I don’t keep a Gratitude Journal, but I consider myself to (mostly) be a positive and happy person. I do begin and end each day reflecting on what I am most grateful for. I’ve been doing this for so many years now it is simply a way of life — I do highly recommend it!

    • What a great way to start and end each day, Donna. That serves much the same purpose as a gratitude journal. One thing I like about writing things down is I’ll sometimes go back and see what I wrote on the same day the previous year. It’s a fun little trip down memory lane.

  5. This moment, I am grateful for safe travels. I just arrived in Fort Worth for a weekend visit with my daughter. Love the idea you shared about getting into our cars and giving thanks for all of the hands that went into putting our car together and making it safe for us. I tend to do that when I’m undergoing some kind of medical imaging and definitely when I’m having a massage. I’m afraid I take my poor 2008 Nissan Altima for granted and I need to do better.

    • Hello Leslie. I’m glad you had a safe trip and I hope you are having a wonderful time with your daughter. As you indicated, you can do that gratitude practice with just about anything. Occasionally, I will stop before eating a meal and think about everyone and everything that went into getting that food on my plate–the sun, the soil, the rain, the farmer, the delivery driver, the grocery store employees, the cook (usually my husband)…you get the idea. It’s pretty amazing the gratitude you can sum up for a simple meal.

  6. Thank you for this. Even though I am reading a month later, I needed this reminder to look at the positive side of life. I’ve been wallowing a bit the last few days, and moved away from my usual practice of documenting things for which I am grateful. I need to change that, starting tonight.

    • You are so welcome, Anne. I imagine we all wallow on occasion…at least, I know I do. If I can play some small part in helping someone pull out of that, I am humbly grateful. I hope you have gotten back to your gratitude documenting. I find that really helps shift my attitude. Happy December! I hope it brings you lots of joy.

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