Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Many of you are regularly posting things that you are thankful for on your blog. I have been enjoying reading those things. My blog friend Kristen has posted thanks for family, laughter, job, animals and other things. With Thanksgiving just one week away I thought that I would share Kim Allen's list of ways you can add appreciation to every day.. at least for the next week:
  • Every day tell someone, a friend, loved one or co worker, one thing you appreciate about them.
  • Find three things to appreciate about a tough situation you're facing.
  • On your way to work, appreciate the scenery. It sure beats worrying about all you have to do!
  • When you pick up the phone or answer an email, find one thing to appreciate about the person on the other end. You don't always have to say it; feeling it is what's important.
  • Once a week, take turns sharing what it is everyone appreciates about each other around the dinner table.
  • Make a list of all you appreciate about yourself.
I like this list. Sometimes I think that it is the small things in life that are most important. I am hoping to give at least part of this list a try each day in hopes of cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Have you been more of aware of giving thanks this month? Anything to share?


  1. I've found that the Persimmon Bread I shared with the Landscaper today was appreciated.

    I appreciate the good job they do in our yard, and I try to express it to them in different ways.

    I really like that list, and will work on some of those especially this month of Thanksgiving.

    I appreciate your blog, Bob ~ You are a great blessing to Blog Land.

  2. What a great list! I think #2 and #6 are the most challenging for me, but I'm up for it.

    I agree that it's the little things that can make life joyful. Today, I was thankful for the tiny birds in my backyard - just watching them at the feeder brings me so much peace and happiness, especially when I'm at my desk working!

    And, thank you, Bob, for the kind comment on my blog and for mentioning me today. :-)


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