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Practice Gratitude for More than “Things”

If you have followed this blog for very long you probably noticed that I post a lot about taking note of things you are grateful for.

But often we forget that being grateful is about more than being thankful for material things, gratitude is also about experiences that you’ve had, people you have met, or other non-material things that you have received.

For example, have you ever been thankful that you drove all the way to work and had all green lights?

Have you ever thank the Universe for a complement you received?

Today, make it your goal to make a list of non-material things you’re thankful for:

“I am grateful I had the opportunity to shovel snow from my elderly neighbor’s driveway so she could go to church.”

“I am grateful a colleague made me realize what a terrific job I have.”

“I am grateful I had an amazing time learning to surf on vacation.”

“I am grateful I have a loving family.”

“I am grateful I found an inspirational book to listen to in my commute.”

“I am grateful my grandmother taught me how to make her delicious fried chicken.”

Expressing gratitude is a great way to put a positive spin on your day and your life. And, if you say, “Thank You”, to someone else it can make their life better as well.

If you liked this post or found it helpful, please share it with friends and family. Together we can make the world a happier more positive place, one “thank you” at a time.

With Gratitude,


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Take Action Today

Take a minute right now to think about 1 of your goals. It can be a weight loss goal, fitness goal, financial goal, relationship goal, or a bucket list goal.

Now, think about 1 thing you can do today to move a little closer to achieving that goal. It does not have to be a big leap or take a lot of time (unless you are motivated to do so), remember it is the little things we do that move us down the path to success.

For example, if your goal is to lose a few pounds then perhaps you spend some time today preparing meals for the week so you have easy access to healthy meals that support your weight loss.

If your goal is to find your soulmate go to a local coffee shop and hang out for 15-20 minutes. Read a book, write in your journal about what you want you soulmate to be like, stay present and mindful of those around you, smile and look approachable. You never know who you will meet. It may not be your soulmate, but it could be the person, who knows the person, who is your soulmate.

The point is to invest some time today in making your goal a reality. Taking an action, any action, is the only way to make progress.

What action are you going to take today? Inspire others by writing it in the comments below.

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Until next time, have a happy healthy day!

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Thank You Thursday


Make a list of 10 (or more) things you said,  “thank you”, for today.

Remember to include the more mundane things like: getting all green lights on your morning commute, not spilling your coffee while carrying 5 other things, finding your favorite pen under the seat of your car, and remembering to renew your gym membership on time.  These things may seems silly and trite but little things like these make up the bulk of our day, so why not express gratitude for each and every one?


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Stop Complaining

What have you been complaining about lately?  Your health, your finances, your job, your family, the election?

When we complain, we invest our energy and focus on what is wrong.  Have you ever noticed that the more you complain about something the worse it seems to get?  Your lazy kids get lazier, the snail’s pace traffic gets slower, and that cold you have only gets more miserable the more you talk about it.    The reason is, the more attention you give the negatives the more negatives you can find to give attention to.  You draw it to you.  Unfortunately, the more things we create to complain about the more frustrated and unhappy we become and, thanks to the Law of Attraction,  the more unhappy we become the more situations we encounter to make us unhappy and give us something to complain about.  It becomes a vicious cycle.

Luckily, the is a way to break the cycle.  Finding ways to reframe the situation and identify the positives interrupts the pattern of negative attention and draws us into a more empowering and uplifting state of mind.  Yes, the traffic may be crawling along but it gives you extra time to listen to that audiobook you’ve been enjoying.  Maybe your kids are lazy, but at least they are healthy.  Refocusing your attention to the positive relieves stress and anxiety as well as increases feelings of satisfaction and joy.

A game I like to play when I find myself complaining about something is, to make a list of 5-10 things I “LOVE” about that thing.  This may seem like a tall order, especially if you are particularly irritated by a situation, but the Law of Attraction has your back here.  The more you focus on what you love the more things you can come up with to love.  It may take a few days to build a list, but if it makes you happier and more relaxed, isn’t it worth a few days?

I love my car, but she is getting older and having a few “healthy problems” of late and so I find myself complaining about her (yes, my car is a “her”).  Here is a list of things I LOVE about my sweet little Prius:

  1. I love my car because she is fuel efficient.
  2. I love my car because she is reliable.
  3. I love my car because all of the equipment I need for work fits in her perfectly.
  4. I love my car because she is comfortable to drive on long trips.
  5. I love my car because my dog can get in and out of her easily.


Now it’s your turn.  As you are speak with friends and family or to yourself, take notice of how often you are complaining and what it is your are complaining about, then when you have a moment sit down and write your “love list”.

Try it out, have fun, and as always leave your comments below!

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!