Gratitude.

"If the only prayer you say in your life is 'thank you,' that will suffice."
-Meister Eckhart

Thanksgiving is the one day out of the entire year that is designated for giving our thanks and counting our blessings -- even if our gratitude is half-hearted at best. Each year around this time I always ask myself the same things: Why do I need a holiday shrouded in gluttony to give thanks and to be grateful for everything I have? Shouldn't giving thanks be something that we do every single day? Shouldn't I be grateful for not only the bigger things in my life, but also the smaller, every day ones?

I believe that having a grateful heart attracts abundance and miracles. The more often you give thanks, the happier you are.

Having gratitude is perhaps the most important virtue of all. It allows us to become in tune with the source of everything good that comes into our lives. But what does it even mean to be grateful? To me, gratitude is an affirmation that there is goodness in the world, and that the source of it is beyond ourselves. We acknowledge that other people or higher powers (if you are of a spiritual mindset) give us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve goodness in our lives. Being grateful also means living your life as if everything is a miracle and to be aware on a continuous basis of what you've been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life is lacking to the abundance that is already present.

We tend to take for granted the good that is already present within our lives. It is important to notice and appreciate each day's gifts -- to find the joy in smaller things instead of celebrating only our big achievements. Often times, I like to use gratitude to to help me put things in proper perspective. When things don't go as I had planned, I try to remember that every difficulty carries within it the seeds of an equal or greater benefit. In the face of adversity I'll ask myself, "What can I learn from this?", or "How can I benefit from this?"  

Having a grateful heart allows us to approach life with humility and grace. By acknowledging the smaller, every day things we become aware of just how much we really have. If we can't be appreciative for what we already have it's as if we're declaring that we deserve more. By practicing gratitude each and every day (and not just one day out of 365) we can transform our entire perspective, and with it our entire lives.

39 comments

  1. This is a lovely post, it's so important to be grateful - I know for me personally it's what helps me keep things in perspective. Happy Thanksgiving! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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  2. Very nice post, i loved reading it. Being grateful is very important in ones life.
    GlamupGirls

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  3. This was such a lovely read & so inspiring too. It can be so easy to get caught up in materialistic things and to forget what's really important x

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  4. This is such a beautiful post...love the words you used to convey such an amazing message.
    Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you have even more to be thankful about the next year!
    <3
    Shreya
    Bric-A-Brac

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  5. A grateful heart really attracts miracles and abundance♥

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  6. This is such an amazing post! It's so important to remember what you have and not take anything for granted. Perfect post for thanksgiving! :)

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  7. Such a beautiful post <3 the small things in life should really be given more credit. Thank you, I really enjoyed reading this.
    Emma xx

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  8. I really agree with this, there is always something and often many things to be thankful every single day and they should be counted for and celebrated!

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  9. Fab inspiration post! Happy thanksgiving :) xx

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  10. Beautifully written, and so inspiring. :) I agree with you, it's way too easy to just take things for granted... We need to cherish everything we have! <3

    Kay
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  11. I agree with everything written above. Gratitude should be a state of mind. We need to stop taking everything for granted and be more thankful for what we have. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Beautiful post! Hope you had a lovely holiday!
    xMC
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  13. Beautiful photo, have a great holiday!
    xo
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  14. Alex, your posts are so kind and so inspiring. I probably said that already, but this is what I feel every time after reading them:)
    I totally agree about the importance of being thankful every day, not just one day in a year. I am reading a book that talks about that as well, so every time I feel like complaining, I try to think about things I should be thankful for. This works every time.
    Thank you so much for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving!

    Yuliannova

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  15. This is beautifully written and your sincerity shines throughout the post. I personally am grateful for everyday, every morning that I wake up and see my beautiful family. It felt like only yesterday when my life was so dark with no lights at the end of the tunnel so I try to not take things for granted anymore.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  16. Very beautiful indeed! I am so grateful for everything. Years ago I wasn't as grateful but growing up really shows you how important everyday is :)

    ARedLip&Love

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  17. Beautifully said! You're absolutely right, we often take a lot of things for granted but it's so important to realise just how lucky we are to have even the little things! I often forget how lucky I am and this past year has been very difficult in having appreciation but now I try and go to bed every night and think of everything wonderful that has happened each day. I'm so thankful for all my family and friends and the opportunities I've had in my life!

    Very inspiring post, thank you!

    JosieVictoriaa // josievictoriaa.blogspot.co.uk // Lifestlye, Travel and Fashion

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    1. I really enjoyed reading your post, I agree that gratitude is so important. Especially for finding happiness.

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  19. Very inspiring post and beautiful words! So true, I try to be thankful for the little things in life and to be happy with what I have. :)

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  20. Nice and inspiring post. Have a lovely weekend

    kisses Adela Acanski

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  21. I loved reading this post. With gratitude we would all be negative, have a nice day!
    Arya
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  22. Aww this is such a beautiful post, girlie. Gratitude eliminates so much useless stuff from our lives and keeps our focus right. Thank you for writing this post, sweet girl.
    xox Nadia
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  23. Beautifully written! I agree that gratitude is so important. It's all too easy to focus on the negative - we have to remind ourselves about all the positive things in our lives. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  24. This is lovely & so beautifully written. Gratitude is absolutely one of the best virtues one can have. There is truly something to be thankful for as long as you open your eyes & acknowledge it. :]

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  25. lovely post and inspiring to read. :)

    xoxo,
    Winn | ♥
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  26. Alex I love this definition - "gratitude is an affirmation that there is goodness in the world, and that the source of it is beyond ourselves" I think that's beautiful (and so very true). I try to inject gratitude into everything I do, and sometimes I fall short. Sometimes I get far too self-centered & too unappreciative of what I have because I'm so focused on achieving what I want. I think gratitude is something we have to actively practice. We make the decision, every day, to be grateful.

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  27. Lovely post, so important to be grateful all year round not just on Thanksgiving!

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  28. oh this is such a lovely post :)
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  29. This is such a lovely post! I love the picture as well!

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  30. Such a lovely post! It's so easy to forget about being thankful because we are always wanting more as humans, we are never completely happy with our current situation. I love the idea of setting out a time of year to be thankful for everything, especially as it is near Christmastime, but also inspiring us to practice it all year round aswell :D xx

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  31. great post, love your blog

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    xo

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  32. I loved the post. We should do this more often indeed! There are so many things we should be thankful for!
    Dora www.bangsbang.com

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  33. It's very true that sometimes we get carried away and we don't appreciate what we have. I think it's important to be grateful for all the things we take for granted too because not everyone has them :)

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  34. What beautiful words. I completely agree that it's so important to have a grateful heart. I'll remember your words as I continue on my day!

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  35. This was such a beautiful and calming post to read. x

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  36. Great post!
    I really do think as a culture we need to be more greatful. I know personally I've caught myself complaining and worrying about things I should feel fortunate for.
    Diana | http://www.dianavilic.com

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