What a wonderful day to focus on the many blessings we enjoy. While it’s always a great idea to have a special day to remember, gratitude is an attitude we need to have all year through.
I’ve found gratitude to be a life-changing attitude to adopt and I attempt to live life gratefully. In fact, I go so far as to recommend gratitude not just for what seems good for us, but also for all that’s unpleasant in our lives. Radical gratitude, I call it. Try it, it’s free! 😉
I’m glad that all over the world, people are recognizing the power of gratitude. Robert Emmons, argubaly the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, describes the two components of gratitude in a Greater Good essay, “Gratitude is Good.”
“First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.”
In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”
That’s how gratitude strengthens our relationships, he says, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.”
Gratitude is so close to the bone of life, pure and true, that it instantly stops the rational mind, and all its planning and plotting. That kind of let go is fiercely threatening. I mean, where might such gratitude end? – Regina Sara Ryan
I’m blessed to be surrounded by bloggers who recognize the importance of gratitude too. Vidya Sury is constantly blogging about things she is grateful for. This Monday she wrote ‘50 Shades of Grateful‘! 🙂 Laurel Regan too writes a weekly post called Today’s Gratitude List Linkup. In the recent past, I’ve read some great posts on the subject from Debbie Hampton and Kathy Gottberg as well.
Gratitude Circle Launch
Vidya Sury and I have decided to launch a Gratitude Circle starting today.
How does that work?
1. Write a post on your blog on the subject of gratitude and/or share a gratitude list once a month and add your link to the linky on our posts which will be out on the last Thursday of every month.
2. Pin your gratitude posts, quotes and anything interesting you might find on the subject on to our Gratitude Circle Pinterest Board. You will need to request to be added to this board and we’ll be happy to oblige.
3. Join our Gratitude Circle on Google Plus.
4. Join our Gratitude Circle on Facebook. You don’t have to have a blog to join this group!
5. Don’t you love our cute button? It was designed and executed by Vidya! 🙂 Please download it and use it in your post with a link to one of our blogs – preferably to this post or this one on Vidya’s blog today.
Today I am grateful for YOU, dear reader!
What are you grateful for?
Pic credit : Crucifix Jean-Luc