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  1. Holly in Ohio

    I’m grateful for every single person I know. I am enjoying how each person is unique (with their own quirks).

    I’m grateful that I’m able to give, (not in regard to the holidays), just able to give… give things away… or able to help… or listen.

    I’m grateful for my skills, talents, and education, and the opportunity to use them.

    I’m grateful for nature.
    I’m able to appreciate better and be grateful for a home, food, reasonable health, freedom, loved ones.

    12 months ago
  2. Gaia

    My loving boyfriend and bike rides with music and time to reflect 🙂

    12 months ago
  3. M
    Micah

    I’m grateful for my love. It is refreshing to be reconnected with someone who makes me feel whole.

    12 months ago
  4. Malag

    Good physical therapies that help me mobilise and the therapists that provide them. And that I am fortunate enough to be able to access them.

    12 months ago
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    stephdimares

    I am grateful for simply existing. For being able to see the people I love and for being able to do whatever it is in life I am doinf right now. I am grateful for this life that I live and for everything that comes along with it. I have been learning that gratitude is one of the main key to finding true happiness in life and that no matter what comes our way, there is something to always be thankful for.

    12 months ago
  6. Bethany

    Finding the book “Wake up Grateful”!
    I was visiting my Nana (grandmother) she is in her 90’s, very set in her ways, hard hearing has taken over so she is constantly yelling “what??”, her house was scorching and there are many other details but for brevity’s sake – I was having my own private pity party. Nana was napping when I saw a book next to her chair under some papers, she doesn’t read books. Picked it up to see that my cousin, Kristi Nelson is the author and the title is “Wake Up Grateful”, I yelled “what??”.
    I had no idea that my beautiful cousin, whom I have always admired and wanted to be a mix of she and her sister Martha, had written a book. Nana hadn’t mentioned it but Kristi had mailed it to her so I instantly started reading and within minutes my entire atmosphere and frame of mind changed. Replacing “I have to” with “I get to” was the mindblower for me, literally!
    I am grateful for many things and the books messages spoke to every ounce of my being yet while writing this I am Extremely Proud, Honored and Grateful to say that my cousins book changed my Life, she is the catalyst and I am extremely thankful. I also learned many things about Kristi that I did not know, especially health details, she is an amazing woman just like her mother whom the heavens now hold.
    p.s. please don’t let my comment lead you to believe that our Nana isn’t awesome because she is!
    Thank you Kristi Nelson and thank you gratefulness.org for this incredible website.

    12 months ago
    1. Michele

      just ordered it -had been meaning to and your reflection reminded me to do it, thanks:)

      12 months ago
  7. Javier Visionquest

    My parents, my in-laws, my wife and kids are well, my friends are young and beautiful, my (wife’s) cat’s awesome, I can still get high, I still garner respect; my whole life’s together in the palm of my hand. Life is an ephemeral and fragile thing and, these days, it’s good!

    12 months ago
    1. Michele

      puff puff pass:)

      12 months ago
      1. Javier Visionquest

        Careful you don’t fall into poor favor with peeps around here by being honest and grateful for what you’re honest and grateful for!

        12 months ago
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    Lawrence Ramos

    Over the weekend, I was able to see friends and got to spend some time. So thankful that Mabel and Paolo came over to pick me up and we went to a taco place. We also got desserts and were able to explore Sawtelle. On Sunday, it felt really great that I was able to help out for Kaikai’s party. I picked up the pizza at Costco and was able to receive compliments from Nikki and her family about being able to help. Most grateful that I got to chat with Bebe when I got home while resting. I was able to really to spend some quality time and tender moments.

    12 months ago
  9. d
    db82258

    I am in great appreciation for the words for today, “just be”.

    Also grateful for new awareness, regardless of what goes on, I can show compassion by letting others “just be” as well.

    12 months ago
  10. Antoinette

    Grateful for this precious life! Thank you !

    12 months ago
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    dcdeb

    I guess i’m not too influenced by present day totalitarianism. When seeing other cultures and the totalitarian measures and governments at war with their own people it makes me grateful.

    12 months ago
  12. KC

    So many things …

    I am grateful for this website, the leadership and community – including all who share reflections on the daily question. When/as I fall off of the ‘gratefulness wagon’, I am drawn gently back to reconnect. The website and community are truly a quiet, steady, reliable and kind presence and gift, which guide me again and again to who and what really matters.

    Thank you all!

    12 months ago
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    Kayla

    I’m grateful for my kind husband, my crazy cat, moving into a bigger apartment, and all of the acts of kindness around me lately.

    12 months ago
  14. Elaine

    Grace drifting in.

    12 months ago
  15. ch

    For my billbergia which starts blooming during the darkest days of the year.

    12 months ago
  16. pkr

    My space heater!
    A Roof over My Head.
    Food on my plate.
    My Mom’s care & upkeeping being tended to by kind, loving, compassionate care givers.
    My relationship with a higher power.
    My time in meditation.
    My time in Mother Nature, especially with the Redwoods.
    My daughter.

    12 months ago
  17. Mica

    Many things! For the gratefulness website, as always. For an online conference this week that is giving me a bit of energy and ‘entertainment’. For my dear family. And much much more –

    12 months ago
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    Lauryn

    I am grateful to have met my partner two years ago today.

    12 months ago
  19. Hot Sauce

    These days, I am grateful for the fact that I am about to finish school in January. I haven’t taken a year off since Kindergarten, so it will be a relief to have my Master’s Degree completed and to be finished with school for a very long time (I might get my Ph.D. eventually though).

    12 months ago
    1. Michele

      Congrats on an incredible accomplishment! You should be very proud:)

      12 months ago
  20. Linda

    I am grateful for a warm house, good friends, a loving husband, and that I live in a democracy.

    12 months ago
  21. Anne Gunn

    This will sound weird. I love this time of the year because life slows down for me. The shorter days, my intentional lack of preparing for a secular Christmas focusing instead on Advent rituals that reawakens the Light in my life — that’s what I’m grateful for. Thankfully, I have a very small family who feel as I do. My friends understand. My gift to those who are preparing for Christmas in their way is that I am not getting in your way.

    12 months ago
  22. vish

    i saw a few kids playing downstairs in my society and they were so happy and present just in the moment and i was so grateful to witness such laughter and presence of life itself there

    12 months ago
  23. Carol

    Life itself…a quote from Richard Rohr says it well:
    JUST BREATHE – Yahweh
    “Formally the name of God was not, could not be spoken at all—only breathed. Many are convinced that its correct pronunciation is an attempt to replicate and imitate the very sound of inhalation and exhalation. Therefore, the one thing we do every moment of our lives is to speak the name of God. This makes the name of God our first and last word as we enter and leave the world…
    I remind people that there is no Islamic, Christian, or Jewish way of breathing. There is no American, African, or Asian way of breathing. There is no rich or poor, gay or straight way of breathing. The playing field is utterly leveled. It is all one and the same air, and this divine wind “blows where it will” (John 3:8). No one can control this Spirit.”

    12 months ago
    1. KC

      Beautiful Carol. Thank you so much …

      12 months ago
    2. Butterfly

      Thank you, Carol, that quote is beautiful. I will remember that.

      12 months ago
    3. Don Jones

      Many associate breathing with the movement of air too. That feeling we have as the air moves in our nostrils – which it does, but only as a consequence. The breath itself is the subtle life energy which causes the rise and fall, so in that sense, it is connection to the life energy itself – the Source, God, Yahweh, Shiva, or whatever name we choose. The instruction to follow the breath is about the rise and fall not the passage of air. And as you rightly point out, the Sun shines equally on us all.

      12 months ago
    4. Mica

      Carol, thanks – that’s amazing and wonderful! Yahweh is indeed a breathing type sound, isn’t it? I will remember this gratefully. I’ve never heard that before, but it makes perfect sense. And, as you describe, it’s an ecumenical divinity. Yahweh and Om – 2 universal sounds for us to be grateful for and awed by.🤗😊

      12 months ago
  24. Nicki

    I am grateful that I woke up this morning with a peaceful mind. I am grateful for finding contentment in simplicity and delight in simple things – noticing the phase of the moon or finding a colorful polypore on a decaying branch. I am grateful for life-affirming books, coffee that tastes good, for my pup, and birdsong.

    Edit: I came back to add my gratitude for my family and a home that is a refuge and a haven. These are things for which I am continually grateful but they bear mentioning as their constancy could make them easy to take for granted.

    12 months ago
  25. Anna

    For the technology that provided a cochlear implant on my deaf ear.
    For doctors and nurses who had the surgery last Friday and took care of me with so much kindness and great professionalism.
    For my husband, close to me.
    For my resilience. I will go home tomorrow!

    12 months ago
    1. Michele

      and a speedy recovery to you Anna!

      12 months ago
    2. Mica

      Hooray, Anna! Such good news –

      12 months ago
  26. Patricia

    As I thought about listing all the things for which I’m grateful, it occurred to me that I’m mostly grateful for having a heart and mind that is grateful! Then just about everything is gratitude-worthy…

    12 months ago
  27. Pilgrim

    I am grateful for my family and friends. I am grateful for my new home, and to have moved before winter weather arrives full force. I am grateful for the large variety of trees in my new backyard, and for the wildlife that enjoys them as well. I am grateful for music and books, clothes to wear, grocery delivery. I am grateful for this site, and for all who visit here, seasoned and new.

    12 months ago
  28. JS

    I am grateful for my children and for having a good, strong relationship to them. For my cats that just keep on spreading love and joy day after day. For the snow and the sun and the cold. For my job. For God watching over us and listening to our prayers. For having the day off. I really need the rest. For just existing.
    “Just existing
    I exist
    Snow flitting down”

    Bassui Issa

    12 months ago
  29. EJP

    Good health, happiness, strength, courage, peace, love, faith and safety.

    12 months ago
  30. Kevin

    I am grateful for this site and the many people on it.
    I am grateful for my life, my family, our home, and
    freedom to practice my faith as I choose.
    I am grateful for the steamy coffee in my cup,
    for the rain outside, and our blind dog, Gracie.
    I am grateful, too, for my friends,
    my rowing team, and the ocean,
    salt air, waves, winds and chatter
    in our boat.

    12 months ago
  31. Mary Pat

    My family, my friends, our dog, so many things….good memories that I have and can tap into during hard times.

    12 months ago
  32. sunnypatti48317

    I’m grateful for my life! I’m grateful for how far I’ve come and where it has led me today. For my amazing, loving husband and the life we are building together. For our furry kids – BC the cat and Ruger the Catahoula. They are the best! For our home, the quiet country area we live in, my job, my car, family and friends, and for music! Music plays such a big part in our lives. I’m grateful for all the live music I’ve seen over the past 30-something years, and for the tickets we have for a concert next May. We’re going to see the Foo Fighters, who I absolutely LOVE and haven’t seen live since they were a new band back in 95. I’m grateful I was able to get us some tickets!!

    12 months ago
  33. Michele

    My kids, family, cat, home, job, friends, this website:)

    12 months ago
  34. Christine

    Thank You for the music.
    Thank You for love.
    Thank You for family, friends.
    Thank You for resilience.
    Thank You for nature.
    Thank You for Joy.
    Thank You for life.
    Thank You for all that is good.
    Oh, there is so much more!

    12 months ago

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