The Gift of Gratitude

Living with a thankful heart gives us freedom to be the best we can be - fully embracing the gifts found in everyday moments. Living gratefully just feels good.


Maybe I just got lucky. Maybe God chose to bless me with a happy heart. Maybe the challenges in my life are far less than the joys. Maybe all of these are true, and maybe not.

Living a life with gratitude is something I do my best to embrace. I love living with a thankful heart not because of what it does for others, but for what it does for me. Living with gratitude is a simple decision that often requires a renewed commitment daily, especially on those days that are filled with negativity, a negativity we often eagerly create. I am a happier mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend and neighbor when I seek the good in others, my circumstances, and myself.

Living with gratitude is never limiting, it is simply a choice that gives us freedom to smile at strangers in the grocery store, hug a friend, or send a card to someone feeling down. Being thankful for what we have will never hinder our growth, or our ability to achieve our dreams. It will allow us to embrace the everyday and to be glad in the simple gifts held in the precious present. Living with a grateful spirit doesn’t require any formal training, a high-level degree or any amount of skill. Living thankfully simply requires an attitude of gratitude. Being grateful just feels good.

Another year will soon come to a close and as the 34th Thanksgiving holiday that I have celebrated comes alive in our home, I give thanks for the gift of a grateful spirit. I am better, richer, and stronger because of this gift, and today I cheer, Happy Thanks Giving!


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James A. Rice November 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Such an inspiring, well written article by an inspiring person. "Living thankfully simply requires an attitude of gratitude" is such a great line. With your permission, I'd like to use that. :-) Thank you for being my inspiration today! And Happy Thanksgiving!
Courtney Grant Tobbe November 23, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you, Jimmy! What a nice compliment. You are very kind, and I appreciate that about you. Happy Thanksgiving...I would love for you to use that line - anytime!


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