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The Power of Gratitude

4 Ways to Develop an Attitude of Gratitude


  • Yes - CHOOSE response! I wish I could make my husband understand that. :) - 5/13/2011 9:15:59 AM
  • It's 4 am and I can't sleep. Thought I'd learn more about getting around in Spark People. I came across this article and it reminded me that I use to be grateful and when I go to church on Sundays I feel joyful and light-hearted. I was feeling anxious this morning and now I feel better. I will practice being grateful. Thanks for reminding me. - 3/16/2011 6:11:39 AM
    This article reminded me that I choose my response to what is happening. I can choose to look for the good in each challenge I encounter instead of focusing on the negative. This will require a shift in some of my thinking patterns. This article also reminded me that most things are going well in my life! A gratitude journal seems like a great way to focus on the positive, - 2/7/2011 8:52:02 AM
  • What a great article, and totally true. When I look around at the beatiful surroundings where I live in the mountains of Colorado with GRATITUDE I truly feel awestruck at nature and sometimes can't even believe that I get to live here. Other times, when I have my pickle face on, I drive by without noticing them at all. I really like all of her articles anyway, always positive. - 1/16/2011 6:57:11 AM
    Perhaps of interest to those who liked this article the book, The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. It is a daily read with very interesting positive thoughts. - 1/11/2011 11:21:07 AM
  • I loved this article...and I was happy it was not so short that it ended before I learned any thing new! Looking for things to be grateful for is a wonderful exercise. I realized that being thankful for big things is so easy... and taking little things for granted, well, we forget to be grateful.

    Today I will try to think about the little things to be grateful for...waking up does come to mind... and although my dogs woke me with a racket this morning, I do have a pair of ears that seem to work just fine. I had a note from one of my sisters that reminded me how important Spark has become to us as a family. That, in it's self, should be a reason to celebrate. Attitude of Gratitude...I like that as a theme for a team forum! - 9/30/2010 11:06:54 AM
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    I've been telling people that an attitude of gratitude will change everything for them. I blog about it here on SparkPeople, I tell the teams I lead about it and encourage them to do all these so it is nice to see a LEADER write about it so it reinforces what I've been telling the team. Sometimes people listen to site leaders a little more than team leaders. :) - 9/26/2010 11:25:09 AM
  • I read "The Power of NOW" by Eckhart Tolle which makes me so grateful for this one life I have and the only time I have which is NOW. - 8/27/2010 12:31:58 AM
    Quality article Ellen. An attitude of gratitude is the only way to live. Not just for the things you have in your life today but also for the things that you want to have in your life soon - like a slimmer, healthier body.

    Combining the power of gratitude with the power of visualization is what empowerment is all about. And with the gratitude, experiencing the feeling is as important as the thought. The subconscious connects with the feelings in a much deeper way.

    The power of visualization is well known yet many people do not associate it with weight loss; the reality though is that the power of visualization is an amazing tool to improve one's health and well being. Let the vision empower you.

    It is GREAT to see with SparkPeople. I know your work and it is excellent and we are all in for some great articles to come. - 8/26/2010 7:36:37 PM
    This was a very timely and helpful article for me. It has been a very stressful summer and I have struggled with my weight and there's been lots of other stuff going on that caused me to feel angry and resentful. Reading this article reminded me that I do have things to be grateful for even though I had a pretty lousty childhood. I have my health, a wonderful husband, a job and a 20-year-old son of whom I'm very proud. Sure could be a lot worse than that. Thanks again. - 8/26/2010 9:10:37 AM
  • Thank-you for pointing out how to remember things and express feelings of gratitude for those things for which we should be grateful.

    I have just completed yet another round of allergy tests (two days and hours of sitting between series of injections) that leave me feeling really wonky. I am grateful that while I don't feel well, I can afford the serum and will be feeling better once I have completed the buildups and can get on with my life. Many don't have this luxury. - 8/25/2010 9:37:03 AM
  • Wonderful! We all need to remember this EVERY DAY! Thank you so much for the reminder. - 8/24/2010 8:22:49 PM

    What an important statement-- Sometimes we don't realize how our unhappiness hurts others. I am the sister to two women who constantly, constantly bemoan life and everyone in it. This sadness has destroyed the bond of "sisterhood" and makes me avoid them. I cannot convince them that there is any joy to living. Both seem to "want" to live with a negative attitude. They seem to want to drag me down with their misery. As much as I try to encourage the positives in life, they are determined to counter with criticism and cynicism. I have lost my sisters because of their depression, and there is no solution. I must avoid them, OR become like them. This is really unfortunate for our family. I hope my experience can help others embrace the joys in life, and not dwell on the sorrows. Please, there is a lesson here Sparkpeople. - 8/24/2010 3:43:53 PM
  • Thank you for writing this wonderful article. I hope everyone on SparkPeople reads it. A few years ago whenI was going through a really stressful time, I started a gratitude journal. It really made a difference. Now if I've had a tough day, I try to mentally make a gratitude list. It never fails- I always fall asleep quickly and the next morning the problems seem much less intense. - 8/24/2010 2:26:26 PM
  • This is a marvelous article that I am going to recommend to the Dealing with Depression team and the Positive Mental Health teams. - 8/24/2010 12:31:33 PM

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