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#Happiness: 100 Reasons For #Gratitude

03/06/2015

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

our first breath
our loved ones
a clean bill of health
our friendships
food to eat
shelter, shelter, shelter
fresh water
helping others
laughter
gratitude in all things

Every day, we get up and start our day with our hearts full of expectations, goals and desires we hope to accomplish. As we go about our day, it’s important to remember the small victories that help us on the path to our bigger dreams. Ever as I face my daily challenges, I always look for reasons to be grateful. In the midst of struggle are glimpses of great good. Cherish them. Express gratitude for them. I’ve pulled together 100 reasons to be grateful. Add some of yours to my comments and let’s keep our hearts and minds cheerful.

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” Martha Washington

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

our first love
a morning stroll
serendipity
fond memories
music we love
dance, dance, dance
books to read
graduations
meaningful work
funds for all things

What’s the Secret to a Happy Life?  I like a response Deepak Chopra once gave. His answer was quite insightful. He said that to have a happy life means “to recognize that no matter what the situation, there’s a creative opportunity in it. Also, finding meaning and purpose in your life to make a contribution. And ultimately the secret is to make other people happy.” I liked the insertion of the creative impulse in his answer. If our reactions to life events are rigid and always planned then there is little freedom to give freely and joyfully.

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” Charles Spurgeon

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

our pets
a cup of tea
Contentment
kindness of strangers
birth
colorful blooms, blooms, blooms
a new friend
celebrations
clean air
thankful for all things

Where does sadness, anger and keeping it real fit into all of this? It does fit in because we can still experience all our emotions while still choosing to get back on track and get back to that place of gratitude inside. Just because you had an unpleasant exchange with another person doesn’t mean the world must stop so you can get off. Relax. deal with the problem by communicating directly. Steer clear of gossip. Clear the air and move on.

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.” William E. Gladstone

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

a smile
a bowl of soup
Travel
sunshine – sunrise and sunset
lost and found treasures
sharing our joy
reconnecting with old friends
forgiveness
girls night out
compassion for all living things

Contentment for what is and what we already are can take us to greater heights. Endless wants and needs fuel the fire of greed and disappointment. Some people are incapable of sharing/giving freely. Let them be. Live your own life and give because you enjoy the smile it puts on others faces and how it makes you feel inside.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

a hug
a favorite dish
reconciliations
getting fit
positive surprises from others ( @WordPress – TY for the new sized Twitter photos! ❤ )
expressions of happiness, happy, happy
words of wisdom
Harmonious interactions
time for quiet reflection/prayer
appreciation for all living things

A week or so ago, I checked my Twitter stream and found out that the Happiness Engineers at WordPress now automatically upload bigger pictures with our tweets. It was a special moment and I was stoked to see it. So a Special Thanks! for that happy moment goes out to them. What’s a happy, surprise moment that you experienced recently?

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”George Sand

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

a loving act
a friendly call
mentors
self-care/spa treats
surprise gifts
words of wisdom
rainfall and rainbows
extraordinary service, serve, serve
any good news
consideration for all living things

When we act from a place of gratitude, we are able to share what we know and what we’ve learned: We share our insights and all that comes with it. Every waking day, we strive, connect, struggle to experience the good feelings that arise in our hearts when a positive exchange has taken place. We cherish that feeling of accomplishment whenever we’ve made a difference, contributed to the world, or helped another soul. These are sound reasons to be happy and to express gratitude on a daily basis.

More below!

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” Omar Khayyam

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

a kind word
a congratulatory note
events/people who remind us to be present
regular check ups
lessons learned
positive outcomes
let your inner child play, play, play
Kindness
time for meditation
time given for all things

When we give people the benefit of the doubt, we allow ourselves to not get caught up in angry presumptions. When we make the effort to communicate, we open the door to resolving tensions and creating positive outcomes. Gossip and speculation is easy and destructive. They serve little purpose and can inflame a simple misunderstanding. If you are unsure of a situation, communicate. Ask questions. Reach out with the best intentions at heart.  Instead of speculation, a direct question can clear up confusion very quickly.  Ask. Believe. Receive!

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

a treat
a sincere compliment
events/people that remind us to be present
regular check ins with loved ones
life experiences shared
positive attitude
let others inner child be free
Letting go of anger
time for rest
Forgiveness given for all things

We all love treats/gifts/goodies and we all love to be around positive energy. Practice what you’d love to see around you and keep working at it until it becomes second nature. Sometimes, when we are working to change a pattern of behavior, the universe presents us with tests to help us along. When that happens, acknowledge the lessons and keep returning to that place of joy and peace. With time, the anger will dissipate and forgiveness will arise. Take all the time you need… Patience is a virtue.

“Happiness… consists in giving, and in serving others.” Henry Drummond

Happiness: 100 Reasons for Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons for Gratitude

a random act of kindness
Family achievements
Health benefits
Clean Air and unrestricted breath.
Life lines and moments
Grace in daily activities and exchanges
Vision to see, hear, act, help, invent
Rest in all its permutations
Healing Thoughts.
Gratitude in all we do

True joy comes from selfless service… volunteering and helping out without expectation of reciprocity is truly the most psychically rewarding experience. We live in a world of reciprocity and, while there is nothing wrong with that, we must also make time to do things that don’t require it. We join groups because of the camaraderie and the give-and-take that exists in it; I am grateful for those exchanges too and that is fine. However, we must remember to perform random acts of kindness for others within and outside of our community/groups… True happiness lives there.

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

Happiness: 100 Reasons For Gratitude

The gift of life
The gift of love
The gift of writing
The gift of health ~
The gift of time and memories ~
The gift of family, friends and people we meet ~
The gift of a meal ~
The gift of mental clarity ~
The gift of speech ~
The gift of gratitude

Every time we view our experiences as gifts and express gratitude for them, we receive more of them. Our actions and participation are important aspects of the work needed to create more of it. All we do in life, every action, thought, word, and belief we hold is part of an effort to connect with that joyful, happy place inside our being. Enjoy your gifts and express them every day.

Positive Motivation Tip:  Be happy for the breath you take and say thank you often!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia and/or my Personal Collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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80 Comments leave one →
  1. Boho Chic permalink
    03/06/2015 3:01 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this post on gratitude. I have so many things in my life to be grateful for and you’ve pointed out some I haven’t even thought about.

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  2. 03/06/2015 3:12 pm

    Wonderful!

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  3. Robin Masshole mommy permalink
    03/06/2015 3:14 pm

    I think everyone can look to their lives and find something to be grateful and happy about. For me it’s my children. I’m grateful to have them and they definitely make me happy.

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  4. Lynsey Jones permalink
    03/06/2015 5:28 pm

    These are all great quotes. I love this message behind this post too.

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  5. SexyMoxieMama permalink
    03/06/2015 6:32 pm

    I absolutely love this post. You are right, there are many things to be grateful for. You have great pictures on here too.

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  6. Official Alanna Wong permalink
    03/06/2015 6:50 pm

    You exude positiveness!! I absolutely LOVE your blog posts! Thank you!! ❤

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  7. 3xhcch permalink
    03/06/2015 7:19 pm

    Very very nice and happy montages of beautiful photos. That one with the people is the best of them all for me. All the photos reflect joy in various forms! – Fred

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  8. 03/06/2015 8:24 pm

    Wonderful wonderful post – thank you.

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  9. The Foodie Affair permalink
    03/06/2015 8:40 pm

    So many reasons to be grateful and you reminded me of a couple that I should keep in mind.

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  10. satrntgr permalink
    03/06/2015 10:32 pm

    Love this – being happy is so important! 🙂

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  11. mumwrites permalink
    03/06/2015 10:59 pm

    indeed we do not need to look hard enough to know that we have so much to be thankful for. it is a must that we keep a thankful heart + have an attitude of gratitude. it will carry us through during the difficult times, and will inspire us to live in the here and now, and to look forward to the future with enthusiasm + hope in our hearts!

    love this post! ^_^

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  12. Mrs. Jilly Fisher permalink
    03/06/2015 11:35 pm

    I need to work on living my life with love, grace, and gratitude. Sometimes I get so distracted by things going on that I miss out on other things.

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  13. Tiffany Yong permalink
    04/06/2015 12:08 am

    Here we need 100 reasons for gratitude when in fact, gratitude needs no reason! But as we grow up, simple happiness seems to be harder to get. Thanks for the reminder!

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  14. 04/06/2015 2:50 am

    Reblogged this on Lavender Reflections.

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  15. 04/06/2015 3:12 am

    Yay! You really did list 100! Good job. Beautiful words and pictures and inspiring quotes. My favorite is Charles Spurgeon. Love it!

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  16. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    04/06/2015 3:27 am

    Love your photo collages! Do you use an app in uploading it?

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  17. Amy G permalink
    04/06/2015 3:31 am

    What a great list! All great reasons!

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  18. Fernando permalink
    04/06/2015 3:32 am

    Happiness motivates people to proceed with their lives. It’s one of the vital signs for successful people around the world. Fernando Lachica

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  19. Rosey permalink
    04/06/2015 3:47 am

    I love the steer clear of the gossip suggestion. I stay as far away as possible and the rewards are plenty. 🙂

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  20. Raquel permalink
    04/06/2015 4:16 am

    As usual, a very inspiring post! Personally, I’m grateful for my family, food on my plate, and all the comfort in life that I’m experiencing right now. I’m even grateful for the challenges and failures because it makes me learn.

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  21. yuhjiun permalink
    04/06/2015 5:58 am

    your post is so motivated! Much agree with you 😀

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  22. Scott permalink
    04/06/2015 6:20 am

    Gandhi had so many great things to say. Thanks for reminding us of this one.

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  23. Mia Foo permalink
    04/06/2015 7:24 am

    indeed, happiness comes in many forms, and many times, in the simplest things. but it can only be felt and enjoyed when we let go of bitterness, resentment and allow happiness to enter our lives.

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  24. May De Jesus-Palacpac permalink
    04/06/2015 7:34 am

    One of the things I’ve learned was to fight sadness, discouragement and negativity with a thankful heart. I just remind myself that Jesus thought I was worth it to die for me. 🙂

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  25. 04/06/2015 8:52 am

    Lovely and inspiring lists Eliz.

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  26. 04/06/2015 9:12 am

    “I believe that happiness in not a destination; it’s a mood and a condition. Its like being tired or hungry – it’s not permanent. It comes and goes and that’s okay. I feel like if people thought of it that way, they would find happiness more often.”

    I would like to share that thought here too. This is the thought I’ve learned to live with. Isn’t it true? We consider happiness a goal as if it’s so hard to achieve when in fact, if only we can be thankful, contented, and see the goodness of every thing, we will always be happy.

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  27. lisa permalink
    04/06/2015 9:12 am

    There are so many things we all need to be thankful for. Great post for reflection.

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  28. Dawn McAlexander Crawford permalink
    04/06/2015 9:29 am

    These are all great reasons for gratitude. I always like lists like these, they help me remember things to be grateful for.

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  29. 3sonshavei permalink
    04/06/2015 9:47 am

    Such great photos that make me smile

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  30. sriches permalink
    04/06/2015 10:18 am

    All the images are so wonderful and colourful! Definitely feel happy reading this post! 🙂

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  31. katrinagehman permalink
    04/06/2015 12:39 pm

    ok those cookies are a little weird but i kind of love them at the same time! great reasons!!

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  32. The Trophy WifeStyle permalink
    04/06/2015 1:44 pm

    Omg love this!!! I’m all about living life full of gratitude! I’m a huge believer in the law of attraction and being grateful for the present is what is going to bring you the future you dream of!! Thankful everyday for everything:)

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  33. Yona Williams permalink
    04/06/2015 3:25 pm

    I wonder how long it would take me to create a list of 100 things that I am grateful for. Great answers here, and love how you end with an assortment of gifts.

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  34. Stephanie Pass permalink
    04/06/2015 3:37 pm

    What a great idea – the secret to making you happy is to make others happy. This is so true! And it seems to be easily forgotten.

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  35. Amy Kelsch permalink
    04/06/2015 3:46 pm

    This is a fantastic post! I love it! Thank you for all of these wonderful reminders!

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  36. Shantha Wetterhan permalink
    04/06/2015 4:09 pm

    I love this list! Your pictures are amazing. It’s so important to stop and consider all of the things that we have to be thankful for.

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  37. Nicol Wong permalink
    04/06/2015 4:41 pm

    those are great reasons! i agree with the Dalai Lama quote. ready made things are temporary happiness and never last

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  38. Karen of MrsLookingGood permalink
    04/06/2015 5:44 pm

    This is a great attitude to embrace. If we are always grateful for all the blessings we receive, the things we experience and for all that we have, it is an easier life to live.

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  39. Juliana permalink
    04/06/2015 5:44 pm

    Happiness is a choice and it’s a matter of having the resolve to be happy no matter what’s thrown your way. The more we count our blessings the more grateful we are, the more happy we are.

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  40. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    04/06/2015 5:48 pm

    I can’t think for anything more. All the reasons are there na. But I know one thing that make me happy and be grateful. that is… I have a living God …

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  41. Nova permalink
    04/06/2015 5:56 pm

    Gratitude is what we should always have in us, to be thankful for everything we have and will have whether if it’s small or big.

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  42. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    04/06/2015 6:46 pm

    Having a grateful heart for everything that happens to us, whether good or bad, is key to having a content and happy life. Good morning!

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  43. April G permalink
    04/06/2015 7:08 pm

    Beautiful. I appreciate the motivational words. Life is too short to not be happy.

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  44. Jaime permalink
    04/06/2015 7:42 pm

    I love these! So many reminders to be grateful!

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  45. leybainpublic permalink
    04/06/2015 8:49 pm

    There are so many reasons for us to be happy. I think it;s more than 100. 🙂 thanks!

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  46. Pingerrain permalink
    04/06/2015 8:55 pm

    I think we as humans have a lot to be grateful for.
    The peaceful country I live in, a roof over my head, clean water, education.
    A job to go to every day, fast communication networks, food to eat and choose from.

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  47. Kendra permalink
    04/06/2015 9:29 pm

    I love your list and photos! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  48. 04/06/2015 10:23 pm

    I love flowers & these looks so adorable. All the photos are really amazing. 100 reasons for Gratitude seems to be very motivational. Thanks for inspiring.

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  49. M from The Stay-at-Home Life permalink
    05/06/2015 12:37 am

    These are wonderful reasons…and wonderful pics!

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  50. 05/06/2015 4:46 am

    If I ever feeling a bit tired or directionless, your Blog always cheers me up 🙂

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  51. franckxethee permalink
    05/06/2015 5:04 am

    There is always something to be grateful about. We just have to learn to appreciate the blessings.

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  52. phyliciamarie permalink
    05/06/2015 8:09 am

    Contentment really is a big factor in finding our happiness. If we keep on comparing to what other people have, we can never be truly happy. Also, i suggest doing the 100 Happy Days challenge so you can document what you are happy for everyday, like the wordpress photo tweet thing!

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  53. Amanda Love permalink
    05/06/2015 9:05 am

    Those are all great reasons. I’m sure you could have come up with hundreds more. I’m just grateful that I get up every morning and get to see my kids grow up.

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  54. JessicaACassidy permalink
    05/06/2015 11:09 am

    Gratitude is so easy to do and even a smile can warms our hearts.

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  55. Manu Kalia permalink
    05/06/2015 11:48 am

    The Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is my favorite, I find this very inspiring and made my day.

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  56. Ling Tan permalink
    05/06/2015 2:25 pm

    happiness is a gift we give ourselves, I always believe. Only it’s too easy for most of us to look at what we do not have.

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  57. I Love Paars by: Lee permalink
    05/06/2015 3:38 pm

    Im always grateful to the person who gave birth to me, who fed me. Who created me. Theres juat some people who are ungrateful even if they have a good life

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  58. Laura O'Neill permalink
    06/06/2015 9:00 am

    So many great reasons to be grateful for things and people in our lives. I definitely agree that how we view things impacts our mood.

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  59. Sunshine Kelly permalink
    06/06/2015 12:03 pm

    Gratitude is something that becoming less in this greedy society. I hope we can be back to basics and appreciate all the blessing that we received.

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  60. Carly Brydon Anderson permalink
    06/06/2015 12:46 pm

    Happiness is one of the most important things in life! It’s so important to surround yourself with people that make you happy.

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  61. Emily Smith permalink
    06/06/2015 5:42 pm

    A lovely long list of things to be grateful for – it’s always good to have a reminder and take a pause to be thankful.

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  62. Bernadette Callahan permalink
    06/06/2015 6:22 pm

    Definitely alot of reasons to be happy!

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  63. Hui Zi permalink
    07/06/2015 5:50 am

    Thank you for sharing this.. I totally agree. Always make it a point to express gratitude for someone/something in my evening prayers..

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  64. Papaleng Pagulong permalink
    08/06/2015 3:05 am

    I enjoyed looking at those nice photos. This is one thing I should be thankful about. Reading noteworthy posts on a lazy afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

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  65. Raymond Vasquez permalink
    08/06/2015 7:35 am

    True, happiness is really a choice. It should not be attached and limited to a thing, a person, an event or anything. But it should always be with you, your disposition, your decision.

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  66. mlizcochico permalink
    08/06/2015 8:19 am

    There are so many things we all should be thankful for. Our lives, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the people around us, waking up every morning and many more; but sometimes, we forget about these simple things because we are looking for more.

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  67. travelingmind2anywhere permalink
    09/07/2015 7:16 am

    sharing this! 🙂

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