An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving copy“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” Rita Schiano

“You have a choice every single day. Choose to feel blessed. Choose to feel grateful. Choose to be excited. Choose to be thankful. Choose to be happy.”  Amber Housley

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have; you’ll never have enough.” Ophah Winfrey

thanksgiving-symbols-copySo much of the year it is easy to grouse and complain.  So and so did such and such to me. I don’t have this and I want it.  Oh, gosh, its… cold, too rainy, and we’ve have grey clouds and snow forever! Or worse we ignore the multitude of gifts we have over missing a few things others have. No matter our circumstances, we will only know joy through gratitude.

Josh Groban captures it this way: Thankful

cornucopia-copyThanksgiving is the one day we seem to try to focus on all the good we have, especially the blessings of a warm, loving family. The former executive of the agency in Syracuse where I worked, Bobbie Schofield, always used to tell us not to complain about the lost grant, the less than kind program reviewer. We could get someone worse and worse times could happen. My mother used to say, “You’ll never make yourself happier by complaining. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude and life will be good.”  Wise women, I have been blessed with wise women in my life.

It even turns out that gratitude is healthy for us;  let yourself feel blessed and your blood pressure goes down, your immune system improves.  Check out this link:   gratitude for health  If you just smile, your attitude will improve. Think of something you are grateful for and your body chemistry changes and improves.

thanksgiving-bounty-banner-copySo today this will be my Thanksgiving grace:

Thank you, Lord, for my family and that we can share this meal together. Some families in this world are fleeing war and don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Thank you, Lord, for friends who are loyal, who care for me. Some people have to live looking over their shoulder for enemies.

Thank you, Lord, for our country, bless it and keep us safe and strong. Some places in the world do not know freedom or safety.

Thank you, Lord, for all who serve us, our soldiers, police, firefighters, rescue workers, social workers, ministers. Some people live without help in our world.

Thank you, Lord, for our home. Too many in the world are homeless.

And thank you, Lord, for Thanksgiving, for a reminder that we are blessed. Thank you for your many gifts to us. We ask your continued blessings and we ask you to bless all those in the world who need you so desperately. Amen

I wish you all that you wish for…and I hope you feel blessed in all that you have.

About joanneeddy

Writer living in North Carolina. Originally from upstate New York. I love my family, my community, and my friends, and embrace 'living deliberately' in the world, trying to make a difference. I have written an as yet unpublished book, The Call, an epic fantasy with historical fiction and folklore elements. My blog is for other writers, for those who love a good read, and for all who, like me, are looking to find and live their call.
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7 Responses to An Attitude of Gratitude

  1. Joanne, That was a very meaningful prayer. Thanks for sharing it. Yes, being thankful does have the power to transform your life. I wonder why we humans find it so easy to always see the lack first?


    • joanneeddy says:

      I don’t know if you followed the link to the video on the health benefits of gratitude, but we even have brain receptors tuned to this attitude that make us feel better if we just smile. So simple. Yet, you’re right for some reason we seem to find it easier to see what is missing than the bounties we have. Sad, and actually harmful to us.


  2. Thank you for a wonderful article and a great reminder, Joanne. Happy Thanksgiving.



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  3. thejuicenut says:

    Yes, you’re right about smiling and gratitude. When in the midst of severe depression, just forcing onesself to smile even if you don’t feel you have anything to smile about begins a chemical chain reaction and it really does work. When I am in severe pain, I put on a comedy dvd, laughter is indeed great medicine. Gratitude too helps with depression, just the mere act of forcing yourself to list 5 things you are grateful for before you go to sleep every night makes you spend the day looking for things to put on your list, you begin searching out the positive. Good reminder and Happy Thanksgivng to you and your family. 🙏🏻

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