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Gratitude is being thankful.



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  • “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.”

    —Henri-Frederic Amiel Philosopher, Poet, Critic

  • “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”

    —Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pastor, Theologian, German Resistance Fighter In World War Ii

  • “I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them. The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.”

    —Rita Mae Brown Writer

  • “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

    —G. K. Chesterton Writer, Poet, Essayist, Novelist

  • “In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.”

    —Albert Clarke

Value Ideas For Gratitude


Thank the people behind the service: your coffee, dry cleaning, waitress, etc.


Start a "Gratitude Jar" to share all you're thankful for throughout the year. Open it up and read them next Thanksgiving.


Send a handwritten thank-you note.


Create a "no whining" zone.


Learn how to say "Thank You" in other languages so you can thank people in their native tongue.

Stories About Gratitude

My Little Determination

Submitted by Anonymous

I was seventeen, pregnant and scared there was no help that was going to come from the father. And I still had to graduate...

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My Hero : Super Mom

Submitted 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...

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Thank You!

Submitted by Linda Zerangue

I have wanted to tell this story for many years since it occurred when I was 16, and I am now 67. This is the perfect place...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Billie S

As a child I saw my mother as anything but a hero, but when I became a parent I found out what a Hero truly is. I never...

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Sally Reig

My hero is my mother. As a single mother of three young children, she raised us on a waitress's salary. We never went without...

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Bardi Toto

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...

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Open your eyes to all the Beauty around you!
deena.roberts, Usa

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?
sierra.woodcock, Hartford, Kentucky

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

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