Understanding Gratitude

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Understanding Gratitude

1.          grat·i·tude ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ (noun)

The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.


It is hard sometimes to be thankful. In order to be thankful we have to first learn what it means to gracious and by gracious I mean expressing gratitude.  There are many things in our lives for which we should be thankful, appreciative, if not even humble, but are we?  Most of the time we are too busy grumbling about what we don’t have therefore we can’t be grateful and appreciate the things that we do.

So today we are going to make a change in how we are processing our day.  As a matter of fact, we are going to take a gratitude challenge.

For the next two weeks, here are some things you can do to show your gratitude for the live you are currently living.  No, it may not be the life you want.  If may even be that great of a life, but the man with no legs is sure happy to see you walk by.  The grandfather with Alzheimer’s is sitting remembering how much he loves the grandchild that he hasn’t seen in years, not knowing the grown man sitting beside him is his grandson all grown up. The girl with the office job she hates sits at her desk grumbling while across town a woman is sitting in a dark apartment with no power praying she had a piece of a job just to feed her family.

See…you do have a lot to be thankful for.

Let’s get started.

1)     Post inspiring stories to your social media for the next 14 days.

2)     Buy coffee or a treat for a co-worker

3)     Gift an inspiring book

4)     Email kindness stories

5)     Organize a food drive at work

6)      Leave cookies at coffee station

7)      Say thank you to janitor

8)     Leave a love note for your partner

9)      Give a surprise gift

10)   Call a mentor to say thank you

11)   Make someone a home-cooked meal

12)   Clean up litter on your street

13)   Gift a reusable grocery bag

14)   Email an inspiring author


You will be surprised at how much better you feel about your life when you are done.


About the Author:

Cheryl is an author, a blogger and an adult educator. Under the penname Olivia Gaines, Cheryl has authored the short story series The Bounty (2009), Vengeance (2012) and The Bounty Hunter (2013). The Slice of Life Series is new in the Olivia Gaines portfolio which includes, Two Nights In Vegas, The Perfect Man, The Basement of Mr. McGee and Letter to My Mother.

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