What is gratitude?

n. (grăt’ĭ-tūd’, -tyūd’) The state of being grateful; thankfulness.

I am a strong believer in the concept of… “Today I am grateful for…” In fact, recently I bought a chalk board and I try to keep all gratefulness at top of mind.

My chalk board hasn’t changed since August 14, 2010.  Why?  That night I spent hours chatting with a fantastic girlfriend of mine, Haley Lonsdale.  We caught up on relationships, family, travel, university, health, and life changes.  We also drank two bottles of wine and then went out on the town. ;)  Why haven’t I changed it?  In a few short weeks, she is moving to Victoria to finish up her hospitality degree, and I’m going to miss her.  Every time I see the words, I thank the world that I met this bright light [special shout out to WorldSkills Calgary 2009].

Sometimes I tweet about what I am grateful for, journal it, tell other people, blog ;), etc… it doesn’t really matter what outlet you use, as long as you appreciate.

Today I am Grateful for… [Aug 14, 2010

There a lot of people in this world don’t understand gratitude or why it’s important.  They truck along through their day, taking so much for granted.  They get to the end of the day, and complain/whine about why they’re not happy, not successful, not living the best life, etc etc.

We all need a wake up call.

We have been given life, family, friendships, relationships, health, community, and so much more.  It’ s important to be grateful in good times and in bad.  Yes, sometimes life may feel like punishment.  But whether it be relationship troubles, poor health, the loss of a job, or a life crisis – you can come out of it.  Who supported you during these rough times?  Circumstances won’t always make sense, but I guarantee you they will make you question your perception of reality.  For just a minute… think about everything you learned from the tough times. That’s right, an immense amount!

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you.

To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.

Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you.

Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” – Ralph Marston

Gratitude doesn’t have to be this “big thing.”  Be grateful for the small things. [Like wine, tea, smiles, and laughter ;)]. Be grateful for anything.  Be grateful for what you have.  Be grateful for all the people in your life. Be grateful for everything that you have accomplished and learned.

Recognize what people have done for you. Say thank you.  Be kind (not nice, but kind) to others.  Always.

How do you define yourself… as a person of gratitude? Pay it forward.

Want more? Check out Zen Habits’ post on Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy.


  1. aimtosucceed August 26, 2010

    Thank you :o)

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