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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
John F. Kennedy
To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
G. K. Chesterton
In moments of discouragement, defeat, or even despair, there are always certain things to cling to. Little things usually: remembered laughter, the face of a sleeping child, a tree in the wind-in fact, any reminder of something deeply felt or dearly loved. No man is so poor as not to have many of these small candles. When they are lighted, darkness goes away-and a touch of wonder remains.
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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.
Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
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Personal Stories About ‘Gratitude’
My Hero : Super MomSubmitted by Antonio
My story is about a woman, my mother to be exact. My mother to me is the greatest person alive. At the age of 2 my biological father left my mother and I. She was left to raise a son the best she could. She had to go through teaching me the rights and wrongs of being a man. She did everything she could to make...
Song Of SpringSubmitted by Anonymous
When I was a very little girl, my father's family would all gather at my great-grandmother's house for Sunday dinner after church every week. She lived down a mile-long dirt lane surrounded by acres of land and after dessert, I loved nothing more than to go for a walk and explore with my daddy. In the spring,...
I Am Truly Grateful For My WorkSubmitted by Jeanine
I have been a nurse in geriatric and nursing homes for over 25 years. When I meet new people and tell them what I do, they say "I could never do that". Honestly, I can't imagine doing anything else. I am grateful that God saw that I needed my patients, more than they needed me. My patients over the years have...
Stories About Everyday Heroes Who Portray ‘Gratitude’
Loubeth ChaveroSubmitted by Lovella
She just gave birth to two bubbly young men, but she is a mother of 5 more little ladies. She is our aunt. She is the cause of what we are today and what we will become in the future that lies in front of us. She is the person we go in times of trouble, bewilderment and our success. The person why we try our...
Bardi TotoSubmitted by Matthew Bender
Bardi Toto is the most amazing giving woman I have ever met. She is a NY Times Best Seller, of a book Titled Thinking Upside Down Living Rightside Up. She founded gratitude lifestyle magazine and is the founder of gratitudeclothing and kidsforgratitude which I hear she is launching this week. She is all about...
Robin HSubmitted by Suzy Shirley
I found my hero at an A.A. meeting. I was new to the program and she went out of her way to show me the ropes of becoming grateful and spiritual. Every day she reminds herself to do the right thing, and to be grateful for what she has. She's a mother, girlfriend, and sponsor. And she's changed my life in many ways.
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As a foreigner, I am grateful for my College Medger Evers for giving me the opportunity to accomplish something beyond expectation "my degree" and to be the first in my family to make my beloved mother proud.
Samba Guisse, Brooklyn NY
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The college video gets to me every time. My dad unfortunately started struggling with an addiction to drugs in 2008. He started being abusive towards me, more emotionally than physically, in 2010, and when my parents divorced in 2011, he despised me. I believe he blames me for the divorce because I finally broke down and told my mom everything. He says we are both crazy, but the reality is, he is blinded by mind altering drugs. He will no longer answer my phone calls. The last time I went up to his door, to invite him to a church play I would be starring in and a revival I would be singing at, he was shaking, broke out, and was so skinny that when I hugged him I could feel every bone in his spine. I haven't spoken to him since, although I did find out on Facebook that he gave my entire inheritance , a large farm with a house, barn, garage, trailer and multiple fields, to a woman he has only been dating for a couple of years, with no intent of ever marrying. My gratitude falls in the arms of my loving mother who has stand beside me throughout everything that I have been through. Even though no one will ever fill the blank space that my dad left, she tries her hardest to play the role of mother and father. She truly is nuturer and provider in our house. I am also so grateful to have a God that will never forsake me. He has been holding my hand ever since the first day that my dad tried to hit me, and he still hasn't let go. Even with all I have been through, how could I not be grateful?
I absolutely love this one, it makes me cry every time. It shows not only gratitude but also the love between a father and daughter.
Donna, North Tonawanda, NY
I love this commercial !!!!!!
Sandra Rangel, Lake worth Florida
We must never forget the people who helped us and help because no one is an island.
Anderson, Colatina, ES - Brasil
I am grateful for a peaceful mind today. A rest from anxious thoughts, negative; unproductive thinking, worrying about all the "what if's". I am so grateful for this site of positive living in this insane world.
Amazing site!!! Thank you for being here in this world!
Power Principles for Living, Canada
Two of the most beautiful words in any language are not 'love you' but 'Thank you.'
Craig Goward Hermes, San Francisco
I am grateful for all my blessings, especially how warm, blue sunny skies make me feel!
Patti, Wild rose wi
I'm grateful for a site like this to be able to share everyday values that we should all raise our children with so we can have a better place to live!
I am grateful for this site. I wish more people knew about this website!!
Mary, Santa Monica, CA
This is a wonderful site!! Thank you!
Mary Ann, Kingman, AZ
I will always be grateful for my family and friends...
Carolejane B, West Hartford, ct
grateful for forgiveness from others
penny, south dakota