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Shining The Light Of Gratitude #WorldGratitudeDay #FridayReflections

Today, 21st September, is World Gratitude Day. What better day to be shining the light of gratitude on my life?

shining the light of gratitude

It’s amazing how gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving. When we have a grateful outlook in life, even the most mundane can become blessed. Even our suffering and discomfort can become reason to be grateful!

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. – Alan Cohen

As I look back on this year, I realize that I have so much to be grateful for. Most of all I am grateful for support and love that has helped me cope with perhaps the most difficult year of my life. My husband, members of our family, friends and many others have held me up with their presence, their words, their prayers and above all with their affection and love. Even as I type this, my eyes well up with tears – not for loss, but in gratitude for love. I sometimes take all of this for granted and that’s something I never want to do.

Today, I’m shining the light of appreciation and gratitude and sending out thoughts and prayers to all these people, including you, dear reader. Thank you. Namaste!

Gratitude Resources

I’ve shared gratitude resources with you earlier. Here are a couple more.

These  some beautiful gratitude journal pages for you to look at and maybe think of creating something like this for yourself, if you are so inclined.

The Gratitude Pie App

Today is also the launch of Upasana Sethi’s Gratitude Pie app. This is a pie-style Gratitude Journal App which makes memories easy and quick to save.
It’s an interactive way to express Gratitude on-the-go.

You can:

  1. Add grateful moments along with a picture to save in your memories.
  2. Edit them whenever you want.
  3. See them whenever you feel sad and gloomy.
  4. Share them with others to express the gratitude.

Go download the app now!

If you are joining in for World Gratitude Day add your link here:


Everyday Gyaan


Friday Reflections is a link up hosted by Shalini at KohlEyed Me  and me, Corinne at Everyday Gyaan. We invite you to join us every Friday to share a good cup of tea and your reflections.

Here’s how #FridayReflections works (updated this week):

  1. Every 1st and 3rd Friday (and a 5th Friday, if there’s one) we invite you to write a post based on the prompts we provide. On the 2nd and 4th Friday join us  with your reflections.
  2. Use the hashtag #FridayReflections. Please follow us on Twitter @FridayReflect and join our Facebook Group.
  3. Add your link to the linky below.
  4. Use our #FridayReflections badge to encourage other bloggers to join in too.
  5. Visit and comment on the posts of other bloggers linked here.
    1. You can find the prompts for today (21 September 2018) here.#FRIDAYREFLECTIONS LINKY

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  1. upasna upasna October 11, 2018

    I can’t thank you enough Corinne for the mention. This year was difficult for you but then, love melts the worries away. Regards.
    I am doing few App improvements based on the feedback I received from all of you. Stay tuned!

  2. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom September 28, 2018

    I have been writing monthly gratitude posts since the beginning of this year and it has become easier by the month. There really are so many things to be grateful for, all we need to do is look around and be aware of them.

  3. Natasha Natasha September 28, 2018

    Just the kind of post that I needed to read, to keep my daily list of “five things to be grateful for” going. Deep Gratitude, Corinne. <3

    I'm downloading Upasna's app. She's done a great job with her pie chart. Will definitely come handy and motivate me to keep journaling not just once a month, but every day. Also book marking this post for the tips and links.

    Gracias, Danke,Shukran :))) <3

  4. Roshan Radhakrishnan Roshan Radhakrishnan September 27, 2018

    I’ve struggled this whole year to be honest. I kept thinking I would take up the gratitude challenges that people do every month and always found myself incapable of doing it. Even when i was winning competitions , in my mind I just wasnt ready. I guess I need to change my own point of view now..

  5. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur September 27, 2018

    Can you believe Corinne that I have read this post four times? I had this open to share what I think, and everytime I wanted to write – something would happen. So I read it 4 times and every time I was thinking of how there is so much we can be grateful for. The life we have, the things we get to do, our own selves, and people around.
    I am grateful to know you too. ❤

  6. Shirley Corder Shirley Corder September 27, 2018

    Thankfulness makes such a difference to our lives and attitudes. I didn’t know about World Gratitude Day. I’ll try to remember for next year. But in the meantime, I’m persevering towards my goal of 2018 thankful posts in the year 2018. Great thanks this week in Thankful Thursday!

  7. Deepa Deepa September 27, 2018

    One must remember to be thankful for everything in life. Gratitude is magical and makes us realise the worth of things which we sometimes take for granted. That’s a great app by Upasna. I already downloaded it.

  8. Rajlakshmi Rajlakshmi September 26, 2018

    I keep both an online and physical journal to keep track things that make me grateful. It wonderful to read them at the end of the year. So cool that Upasana has her own app. Will check it out

  9. Damyanti Damyanti September 26, 2018

    Appreciation is the highest form of prayer,

    This is so very true. It took me years to learn this.

  10. Shalzmojo Shalzmojo September 24, 2018

    I have become hooked to the Gratitude circle posts via Vidya and so so grateful for discovering them.
    I have also downloaded this neat app by Upasna – hoping to log in daily and will share some of my joys soon.

  11. Keerthi Vydyula Keerthi Vydyula September 24, 2018

    Oh No! Seems like missed to link up my post here. It was only couple of days back, while i was writing a post, reminded me of a post I read, which was written by you. It took me on a nostalgic memory lane and made me understand how I truly appreciated the value of gratitude in life. I have mentioned it in my recent post and also gave a link of that old post written by you at the end of the post. It cannot be a coincidence that i wrote and published that post on the exact same day of “WORLD GRATITUDE DAY”, the day this post was published on your blog! Such a small world indeed!

  12. Sonia Chatterjee Sonia Chatterjee September 24, 2018

    Of late, I have started writing down things that I am grateful for. Didn’t realize that how many things in life I had been taking for granted till I sat down with this list. Thank you for such a positive post.

  13. Anshu Bhojnagarwala Anshu Bhojnagarwala September 24, 2018

    I don’t write my gratitudes, but say them out aloud. I think I should write it down so that I can browse through them whenever I feel low and down and unappreciated.

  14. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo September 24, 2018

    I hear the sign of gratitude Corinne and more power to you. We are all part of the chain and be the light in sharing moments of gratitude.

  15. Balaka Basu Balaka Basu September 24, 2018

    I write in my gratitude journal daily. Thanks for sharing the app. Will check it out.

  16. Aesha Shah Aesha Shah September 24, 2018

    We lost one of our close friend last month suddenly to heart attack. It shattered me. I was scared and reality just slapped me on my face. Life can be so very uncertain was the realisation. Suddenly I became wiser. Now I am more grateful for the life I live. For the loving family and friends that I have in my life. For the opportunities I get daily to live a more productive life.
    For the rising Sun that me and my family see everyday with the optimism that there is a tomorrow in our lives.

  17. Suzy Suzy September 23, 2018

    Love the quote by Alan Cohen. We often take gratitude for granted. Thanks for your motivation, inspiration and encouragement.

  18. Anagha Yatin Joshi Anagha Yatin Joshi September 22, 2018

    I get the good vibes Corinne.
    A sincere and heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to you and Shalini for hosting this wonderful weekly feature #FridayReflections . Thank you for helping me #writebravely too!
    You have been a great source of inspiration for me and I am sure for many like me.

  19. Vinitha Vinitha September 22, 2018

    Love this post, Corinne. Such beautiful words these are. ❤️

  20. BellyBytes BellyBytes September 21, 2018

    What a wonderfully uplifting post that was. I will definitely download the App because it will make recording gratitude that much easier. I am beginning to believe in the benefits of expressing gratitude without attracting the “evil eye” as was my constant fear. Thanks Corinne for helping me get rid of this misconception.

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