Jan 242018

This morning I woke to a colorful sunrise, my wonderful partner (known in these parts as “Favorite Husband”) and birds singing like madwomen. Alex the boxer, and well-known class clown, has positioned himself as a warm backrest while I clack away on the computer. The author services project has taken some enormous leaps forward and I don’t need to go to physical therapy today. That’s a lot to be happy about. And grateful.

But a long time ago I learned that gratitude was not contingent on things going well. I was taught to be grateful for things I might take for granted like the senses I have to appreciate the world around me.

Here are some others’ thoughts on gratitude.


” ‘Thank you’ is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” Alice Walker

This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. Maya Angelou Click To Tweet


Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. Doris Day Click To Tweet

What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude. Brené Brown


“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”  Lionel Hampton

Where does gratitude fit in your life? How do you acknowledge it? Do you have a favorite gratitude quote or practice to share in the comments?




  18 Responses to “A Few Thoughts on Gratitude”

  1. I love all these amazing gratitude quotes Andrea and your insight that gratitude is not contingent on things going well. Gratitude has saved my life, especially during difficult times. One of my favorite quotes by Alan Kaufman is “Gratitude is my life raft.” Thank you for this inspiring blog!

  2. This post was perfectly timed for me today! Thank you, Andrea!

  3. Saying thank you is some way is very important to me. I feel like its a way to spread and share love.
    This is one quote that I deeply love. “May the Gratitude in my heart kiss all the Universe” by Hafiz

  4. Writing 5 things I am grateful for every day is part of my life now and it has made an enormous difference.

  5. Gratitude is a daily reminder for me of just how blessed i am , I wake in gratitude each morning and I believethat sets the tone for the day- love your quotes especial Doris day 🙂

  6. That Brene’ Brown quote is SPOT ON (but her quotes usually are). I am GRATEFUL for you and this blog post.

  7. Gratitude changes everything. Lovely post and a great reminder. Loved the Doris Day quote!

  8. Gratitude changed my life, when i started practicing it, I was in such a deep space of complaint and pain that it was hard for me to think of anything to be grateful for. Through persistent practice, my perception changed, my experience of my life changed and my circumstances change. I am now living in a (mostly) constant state pf appreciation.

  9. I’m healthy. My family is healthy. I live on an island. What do I have to complain about?

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