We Cannot Be Grateful Without Being Thoughtful

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“We cannot be grateful without being thoughtful. We cannot shift our mental gears into neutral and maintain a grateful lifestyle. This is why gratitude requires contemplation and reflection.” Robert Emmons:  Author, Scientist Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

My focus determines who I am. Today I choose to focus on being grateful for what I have instead of being accusatory about what I’ve experienced and/or what I don’t have.

Today I’ll focus on what I can count on . . .

  1. My basic needs of food, water, safety and shelter will be met.
  2. My Father God will listen to my every prayer and thought.
  3. My father God has a plan for me today. I don’t have to be over-whelmed or stressed out.
  4. Nice weather.
  5. My circle of supportive family and friends is a phone call or tweet away.
  6. The Bible really does have a message for me today.
  7. My car is in working order.
  8. My colleagues are godly, inquisitive, loving, fun people. They even like me and encourage me.
  9. My to-do list. I can use it as a guide and NOT as a bludgeon.
  10. Snuggling with Chip and visiting with my daughter.

What can you count on today? Can you name 10 things?

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  • 1. best cookie recipes  |  . at .

    Your site has been a great inspiration and the knowledge gained has gotten me past the obstacle blocking my way.


  • […] TWO. I am more grateful now than when I started. I turned this into a game, frequently looking around me and answering the question, “What are 3 reasons I am grateful “this” item”? This game and the hard thinking about why, helped me appreciate things, people, and events more. I stopped taking things for granted. This post explains why We Cannot Be Grateful Without Being Thoughtful. […]


  • 3. Karen Clark  |  . at .

    Time with family is so very precious indeed. And when it’s spontaneous and unexpected, that makes it all the more sweet.

    I’m intrigued by the 43 gratitude prompts and will follow the link to read more about it. I like what you said about not being able to be grateful without being thoughtful, too.

    I feel like I declutter all the time, but at least it does get easier that way.

    Enjoy your trip, Susan!


  • […] We Cannot Be Grateful Without Being Thoughtful […]



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