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“The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. It can make you look at your life in a different way.  It can make the difference in how thankful you are. Not just during the holidays, but every day.” Maria Shriver

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

How Often Do You Express GRATITUDE? It’s easy to be grateful when things are going swimmingly well but, what do we do when we feel stressed out or trapped by life’s demands? What do we do when we suddenly find ourselves at a loss to say what we think or even how we feel about events around us? And what about when we’ve tried to handle a situation and it persists, and we try another approach and it lingers? At some point, we have to surrender our need to have all our pegs fit nicely in their square holes. We have to stop, catch our breath, and change directions, albeit for a short while. What is this all about? Well, I was wondering when you’d ask. I started the new year on solid ground. I’d made a clear decision to focus on a number of offline projects and channel a bit more into my online work. All was coming along nicely until I hit a wall over the weekend. No, it was an imaginary not a physical wall.  Everything stopped. I had to rethink my projects and I was feeling very frustrated.

An Æsop Story: The Hares & the Frogs
Hares, as you know, are very timid. The least shadow, sends them scurrying in fright to a hiding place. Once they decided to die rather than live in such misery. But while they were debating how best to meet death, they thought they heard a noise and in a flash were scampering off to the warren. On the way they passed a pond where a family of Frogs was sitting among the reeds on the bank. In an instant the startled Frogs were seeking safety in the mud.
“Look,” cried a Hare, “things are not so bad after all, for here are creatures who are even afraid of us!” Via
Moral: However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves.


“When you meet obstacles with gratitude, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses its power, and grace finds a home within you.” Oprah

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

What About Gratitude Fits Here? A couple of projects I was working on had stalled and I was frustrated. One stalled because of market conditions and the other because of human ineptitude. I spent the rest of the weekend trying to salvage things and it was only late on Monday that a light-bulb glowed above my head with GRATITUDE scrawled all over it. No,my situation hadn’t turned around. Things were still under advisement and a tad chaotic. I was feeling the stress and in a moment of sheer exasperation, that message lit up my brain like neon lights. I was being reminded to focus on gratitude! Hence, the topic of this post. Whenever we think the grass across the pike is greener, it’s a sign for us to hit that pause button and reevaluate our circumstances. Are we sure it’s greener and how can we improve on own condition where we are? It can’t hurt to consider the worst case scenario and then adjust our thinking from complaint mode to gratitude mode. Yes, the idiomatic expression I amended above is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole … but that was not the point I was trying to make.

An Æsop Story: The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse
A Town Mouse once visited a relative who lived in the country. For lunch the Country Mouse served wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, with a dash of cold water for drink. The Town Mouse ate very sparingly, nibbling a little of this and a little of that, and by her manner making it very plain that she ate the simple food only to be polite.

After the meal the friends had a long talk, or rather the Town Mouse talked about her life in the city while the Country Mouse listened. They then went to bed in a cozy nest in the hedgerow and slept in quiet and comfort until morning. In her sleep the Country Mouse dreamed she was a Town Mouse with all the luxuries and delights of city life that her friend had described for her. So the next day when the Town Mouse asked the Country Mouse to go home with her to the city, she gladly said yes.

When they reached the mansion in which the Town Mouse lived, they found on the table in the dining room the leavings of a very fine banquet. There were sweetmeats and jellies, pastries, delicious cheeses, indeed, the most tempting foods that a Mouse can imagine. But just as the Country Mouse was about to nibble a dainty bit of pastry, she heard a Cat mew loudly and scratch at the door. In great fear the Mice scurried to a hiding place, where they lay quite still for a long time, hardly daring to breathe. When at last they ventured back to the feast, the door opened suddenly and in came the servants to clear the table, followed by the House Dog.
The Country Mouse stopped in the Town Mouse’s den only long enough to pick up her carpet bag and umbrella.

“You may have luxuries and dainties that I have not,” she said as she hurried away, “but I prefer my plain food and simple life in the country with the peace and security that go with it.”
Moral: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty. Via



The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:


12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve


01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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“You cannot exercise much power without gratitude; for it is gratitude that keeps you connected with Power.” Wallace D. Wattles

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

How Gratitude Pulls us Off the Edge: I started this post about a few projects that went south. Even though I didn’t mention specifics, the thrust of my post was to remind us all that a spirit of gratitude can help us adjust to situations and find alternative ways to accomplish our goals. It is so easy to get stuck in a quagmire and bitch and moan about thisnthat but that isn’t productive.  If we take one small step away from our pity party and focus on the lessons learned, a doorway will find its way to us, encouraging us to start our journey all over again with a keener wisdom. Of course, all of this doesn’t happen overnight or in a vacuum but, if we stay open to the possibility of magical moments around us, we too might find our equivalent of a Prince Charming.  My frustration and attempts to see the light led me back to some of my favorite Æsop Stories, and I’ve shared a few of these classic and wisdom-filled stories with you. What have you learned this month? Where will it lead you? Do share.

An Æsop Story: The Fox & the Crab
A Crab one day grew disgusted with the sands in which he lived. He decided to take a stroll to the meadow not far inland. There he would find better fare than briny water and sand mites. So off he crawled to the meadow. But there a hungry Fox spied him, and in a twinkling, ate him up, both shell and claw.
Moral: Be content with your lot.


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Positive Motivation Tip:  In all conditions, return to the power of gratitude for insights and clarity

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: GratefulGratitude via Pixabay
,  AND/OR  An Æsop Story via  Wikipedia

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

230 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains) permalink
    15/01/2019 12:18 am

    I have been practising giving gratitude for a while now, and also repeating positive affirmations every day in my head. It helps me so much to appreciate everything so much more.

  2. Preet permalink
    15/01/2019 2:40 am

    This is something that I really need. Such a great post to ponder. Gratitude is itself empowering.

  3. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    15/01/2019 2:43 am

    Gratitude definitely goes a long way. As I grew older, I have come to appreciate even the simplest things in life, and it has made me a happier, more positive human being. 🙂

  4. alwaysusebutter permalink
    15/01/2019 3:00 am

    YES! Great post! Gratitude is SO important. Whenever I get anxiety or can’t go to sleep I think of all the things I’m grateful for and it gets me to sleep with a smile on my face.

  5. Kristen Frolich permalink
    15/01/2019 3:02 am

    Expressing gratitude is so important! As a mom I try to teach my boys to focus on what they have and be grateful. Instilling that sentiment in them at a young age, in my opinion, is so important.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:17 am

      I agree… and we must start to teach our kids early. Good job!

  6. Danielle Jones permalink
    15/01/2019 4:57 am

    Great info. I think it’s easy to forget what to be grateful for when your knee deep in the weeds of life.

  7. Supermompicks permalink
    15/01/2019 6:13 am

    This is so true. As we reflected on last year recently I told my husband we had another amazing year. To some it may not have been amazing but graditute is what keeps me happy through the toughest times.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:17 am

      Gratitude keeps me going too.

  8. Luna S permalink
    15/01/2019 8:15 am

    Gratitude can make a big difference for both the person expressing it and the person receiving it, some people put a lot of time and energy into helping others or just being generally kind and whey they don’t get any gratitude in return it can make that person a bit grouchy after a while.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:16 am

      Yes,that is why we must always check our motives when we act. Do good for goodness sake not for accolades.

      • Blair villanueva permalink
        19/01/2019 11:03 pm

        When we know how to be gratitude to all things, good blessings keeps flowing in our life! It also spreads good vibes.

  9. Florence permalink
    15/01/2019 10:16 am

    This is so true, you become grateful when everythjng is going well but the minute it doesn’t, you start for think negatively making the matters worse. Definitely worth reading.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:15 am

      And the irony is that we should remember to be grateful especially when things are not working out. It’s easy to be grateful when all is well…

  10. Kemi permalink
    15/01/2019 10:52 am

    I always give praise in good times and in bad but especially in good time. I try to have an attitude of gratitude always.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:14 am

      Good for you… gratitude is 24/7

  11. annerbananer1 permalink
    15/01/2019 10:52 am

    Practicing gratitude is something I’ve really been trying to work on. These fables show that your life experience is all in how you look at things!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:14 am

      Exactly…the world is as we see it.

  12. Renee Theresa permalink
    15/01/2019 11:45 am

    Very inspiring and something I need to work on for sure! Thanks!!

  13. Shnooks permalink
    15/01/2019 11:54 am

    I really enjoyed reading your post,it is really important to be grateful for what you have and appreciate it 💗

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:05 am makes a difference when we do.

  14. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    15/01/2019 1:23 pm

    Your article is very timely. I think I have been very focused on success without being grateful for the successes that came to me.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:05 am

      Great point. When we don’t appreciate what is already there,we open the door to greed and discontent

  15. Keshia Richmond permalink
    15/01/2019 4:16 pm

    Great post on gratitude and how it plays into our lives. Thanks for sharing.

  16. soulstories84457110 permalink
    15/01/2019 4:49 pm

    What a great post on gratitude. I think that everyone needs the reminder to be grateful every once in a while.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:12 am

      We could all benefit from frequent reminders… 🙂

  17. Christa Anne permalink
    15/01/2019 5:41 pm

    I’ve been working on cultivating gratitude within myself but I haven’t been as good as expressing it towards others. I’ll need to be more mindful of that.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:07 am

      We all need to be mindful. These Motivation Monday posts teach me what I need to work on as well. We are all students of life.

      • Christa permalink
        19/01/2019 8:33 pm

        Students of life is such a perfect way to describe it!

  18. Kate @Kate These Days permalink
    15/01/2019 6:33 pm

    I agree that gratitude is important. There are many benefits of gratitude! Sometimes its important to put more effort into our gratitude for people, things in our life, etc.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:06 am

      Gratitude opens many doors for us…agreed

  19. vidyatiru permalink
    15/01/2019 7:46 pm

    gratitude is truly powerful.. thank you for your inspiring posts always

  20. Liz Bayardelle permalink
    15/01/2019 9:45 pm

    Such a great article! I always love your stories!

  21. 15/01/2019 9:52 pm

    It’s always good to pause and review, hope your projects turn out as they’re meant to!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:01 am

      Indeed that is so true… I find that a little pause goes a long way to gaining clarity

  22. Joseph Abimbola permalink
    15/01/2019 11:22 pm

    I so much love that line that says – We have to stop, catch our breath, and change directions, albeit for a short while. Indeed, life can be unpredictable but we still have to be grateful for other things happening in our lives. I enjoyed reading this.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:01 am

      Thank you Joseph. I concur about the changes that we all must live with.

  23. akamatra permalink
    15/01/2019 11:50 pm

    I feel this completely! I express my gratitude towards my family every day, often during the day. I also do the same for my friends. And the higher power I believe in. It’s heartwarming and feels me with calm.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:08 am

      When I’m more conscious of being grateful, I see it unfold in many magical ways in my life too.

  24. Viki de Lieme permalink
    16/01/2019 12:44 am

    I really think that gratitude is the single, most important practice that has everything to do with one’s state of mind. It requires the constant mindful being – yet it repays instantly. I’m not sure I liked the hares and the frogs tale though – I don’t think that uplifting ourselves using someone else’s suffering is a beneficial practice. Wouldn’t you agree?

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:04 am

      The point of the story was to teach that we all have our own suffering to contend with and the story was a reminder to appreciate what we have not a comparison at all of degrees of suffering. Does that help clarify the moral of the story for you?

  25. cleverlychanging permalink
    16/01/2019 1:04 am

    Maria Shriver’s words are definitely spot on, “The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. It can make you look at your life in a different way. It can make the difference in how thankful you are. Not just during the holidays, but every day.” There is so much power in looking at the positive things in life.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:08 am

      I’m glad you approve…

  26. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    16/01/2019 1:56 am

    I purchased a five-year journal thing and try to write down what I’m grateful for every day 🙂

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:12 am

      Good for you! Many have been doing it for years and it is powerful

  27. Caitlin Wilker permalink
    16/01/2019 3:47 am

    oh my gosh i love this- ive been practicing gratitude the last few days and its really helped change my mind set!

  28. vballangel5 permalink
    16/01/2019 4:23 am

    Even though it’s not Monday today, I still needed to read this

  29. mamabee1981 permalink
    16/01/2019 5:50 am

    Gratitude is something so amazing that can change our life when we opt to live with my gratitude in our hearts.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:11 am

      Completely agree and it is a great life lesson.

  30. folabest permalink
    16/01/2019 6:15 am

    Contentment wins it all. We have to learn to be okay with the little we have.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:10 am

      Well said. It makes us rememeber

  31. Tasha at Lady Boss Studio permalink
    16/01/2019 7:06 am

    A really great reminder to shift your focus on what matters and what you’re grateful for when dealing with stressful situations.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:10 am

      Indeed, truly a great teaching experience

  32. Sana [Life of Nomads] permalink
    16/01/2019 7:09 am

    Morning gratitudes are such an important part of daily life. It really can change your day from a bad one to a good one, just by setting your mentality right. Thanks for sharing all this info!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:09 am

      I’m glad you are aware of the benefits. TY!

  33. Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins) permalink
    16/01/2019 9:39 am

    Gratitude is something I need to express more and show more to people. For sure something I am working on

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      16/01/2019 10:09 am

      I believe it is something we are all working on…

  34. Amber Solis permalink
    16/01/2019 10:42 am

    Thank you for sharing these great motivations. They are very inspirational and highly appreciated. 😉

  35. ashleyb permalink
    16/01/2019 10:52 am

    This is such a beautiful post. I try to teach my sons about gratitude. Especially that while it may be something small having gratitude can make all the difference

  36. Stephanie permalink
    16/01/2019 10:54 am

    It’s crazy sometimes that the gratitude idea can hit you when it seems like the worst time. But, I also think that’s when we realize we are grateful for things, because we feel a low and need to find ways to pick ourselves back up.

  37. Gill Trotman permalink
    16/01/2019 11:34 am

    Expressing gratitude is something everyone should do. I was taught to always show how grateful I am for anything and everything because life itself is a blessing. Very enlightening blog!

  38. Angela Tolsma permalink
    16/01/2019 11:37 am

    Being thankful for the wonderful things I have in life is something I do daily. I never expected to be where I am today and I want to appreciate and enjoy every second. Love the mouse story, it’s so true.

  39. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    16/01/2019 11:59 am

    thanks for sharing this as I did a reflect after reading this post, of course there were down moments for my 2018, yet am still grateful as I have learnt more from those moments, I am stronger. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  40. Amanda Yorton permalink
    16/01/2019 12:08 pm

    I definitely need to work on showing more gratitude to those I am grateful for. This is very inspiring.

  41. Konstantina permalink
    16/01/2019 12:19 pm

    I can definitely relate 100%. No matter how bad things may seem someone else out there suffers ten times more. Great post as always.

  42. Geraline Batarra permalink
    16/01/2019 12:20 pm

    Yes, we should be thankful all year round, expressing gratitude will change the way we handle stress.

  43. Eileen M Loya permalink
    16/01/2019 1:03 pm

    Thank you for this timely, uplifting read. I sometimes fall short of expressing gratitude for what I have. Reading your post made me realize how fortunate I am and that I should be thankful of the blessings I have been given.

  44. Patricia Chamberlain permalink
    16/01/2019 1:29 pm

    I’ve really been trying to work on having gratitude in both he good and bad times of my life. It is so easy to forget how much we have at times.

  45. permalink
    16/01/2019 3:07 pm

    This is weird but I have been reading so many articles and given so much thought about gratitude lately. Last year, one of my friend wanted to do 30 days challenge for showing gratitude to someone each day but I didn’t think it was that important and did not try, I might actually try it this year and see how it goes. Thank you for sharing.

  46. Geraline Batarra permalink
    16/01/2019 3:29 pm

    So true. Whatever we have. We should be thankful for it. Yes we could find greater things outside of our comfort zones. But sometimes a little curiousity could put us in danger.

  47. Jennifer permalink
    16/01/2019 4:06 pm

    I have learned over the years that it is so important to express gratitude and be thankful for everything. I make the conscious effort everyday to be thankful for breath. There are so many people that are truly suffering and I just feel like I’m too blessed to be anything, but grateful. Thank you sharing this post, it was truly amazing to read!

  48. Krysten permalink
    16/01/2019 5:02 pm

    Gratitude is SO important, it’s why I do #HappyFriday every week!

  49. Mudpiefridays permalink
    16/01/2019 5:45 pm

    Sometimes, we always keep on complaining not knowing that we already forget about gratitude. Happiness is not just found in material things, It will fade. But family is forever.

  50. Preet permalink
    16/01/2019 5:49 pm

    This is such an inspiring post. It is important to appreciate what we have in our lives and be grateful of what we have.

  51. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    16/01/2019 6:33 pm

    It is so important to show and express your gratitude not only during your good days but also during your bad days and if you try to do that or practice that attitude it will definitely help you to turn your bad day into a good one.

  52. Diana Tidswell permalink
    16/01/2019 6:50 pm

    Well some of the stories learned the hard way. But one thing for sur,it’s okay to move in to something better bit just don’t over do it.

  53. worldlytreat permalink
    16/01/2019 6:57 pm

    it is very vital to live a life of gratitude. Living a life of gratitude shifts your perception about life.

  54. thebusyboymama permalink
    16/01/2019 7:38 pm

    This is so amazing and true! I love Aesop fables, so interesting and informational.

  55. Diana Tidswell permalink
    16/01/2019 7:53 pm

    Wonderful stories. It was just like a real scenario for humans and i believe that many of us has this kind if situations .

  56. Anjali Wadhwa permalink
    16/01/2019 8:35 pm

    This is such an inspiring post. I totally agree with you on the power of offering gratitude. I have made it a part of my life and it has got me really very positive outcomes.

  57. Jessie permalink
    16/01/2019 10:01 pm

    I am making sure I teach my daughter gratitude. I want to teach her to be thank grateful for what she has and not dwell on what she doesn’t have.

  58. Shweta koul permalink
    17/01/2019 2:12 am

    Always feeling motivated while reading your blog, it inspires me a lot and helps me to look life at a different angle.

  59. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    17/01/2019 2:18 am

    I find gratitude is one thing a lot of people do not show openly, but they do in their own way, I have always shown it and taught my kids to show it too x

  60. chaddden2001 permalink
    17/01/2019 4:34 am

    I definitely need to learn to show my gratitude better, my family does so much for me and looks after my all the time, and I rarely show how grateful I am. Thanks for the reminder.

  61. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    17/01/2019 4:55 am

    Gratitude and contentment go hand-in-hand with happiness. A grateful heart equates to a happy life. 🙂

  62. Style High Guy permalink
    17/01/2019 5:10 am

    It’s so easy to get bogged down in negativity. This was a really interesting read with some great food for thought. Expressing gratitude is really something i think we all need to try and do more of. Great post 🙂

  63. Jomar Allen Enecio permalink
    17/01/2019 5:13 am

    great article. I’d definitely bookmark this one. Hope to find more like this.

  64. Fatima D Torres permalink
    17/01/2019 5:21 am

    Being grateful for the things that happen to us, good or bad, is a good idea. I’ve learned to train myself to see the positives in life.

  65. With Love Moni permalink
    17/01/2019 6:24 am

    In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.

  66. simplysensationalfood permalink
    17/01/2019 6:50 am

    I think in today’s fast paced life we forget gratitude, reading your post has just made me realise I need to step back and think of all the things I have to be thankful for.

  67. toastycritic permalink
    17/01/2019 8:41 am

    I love the little fables you bring into this to cover the expressions of gratitude which are so important in life. You are right, without it, we would never be able to be truly happy with ourselves.

  68. Joanna permalink
    17/01/2019 10:45 am

    I knew the story of the town mouse and the country mouse before. Unfortunately we do forget to be humble and express gratitude most of the times. I remember I almost missed my flight the other day because of traffic and whilst I was praying to catch it, once I did, I forgot about being grateful about it.

  69. Susan permalink
    17/01/2019 11:47 am

    You nailed it! There’s no better way to enjoy life more – or to make a tough situation easier to get through – than practicing gratitude.

  70. Garf permalink
    17/01/2019 11:50 am

    I really have a hard time trying to get something done on Mondays. But I still try my best to accomplish something on that day.

  71. Jessica Hughes permalink
    17/01/2019 12:51 pm

    I think it can be so hard to remember to express gratitude when we are in the midst of a challenge or hard times. I do think though that once we are able to get to that place, it has a wonderful way of changing our perspective and helping us to remember what is truly important.

  72. presiiicom permalink
    17/01/2019 1:52 pm

    I express gratitude everyday. Just being able to get up and breathe and have a good day is something to be grateful for.

  73. Live Learn Better permalink
    17/01/2019 3:15 pm

    Such an important topic! I teach my kids to be grateful no matter what.

  74. JL Prince permalink
    17/01/2019 5:13 pm

    I am really trying to work on my gratitude. It’s a process, but it is so necessary.

  75. nmgilb permalink
    17/01/2019 5:33 pm

    I think it’s so important to do frequent check ins with yourself to make sure you’re really taking it all in and appreciating what you have. This is a lesson I’m trying to instill in my kids.

  76. Flossie permalink
    17/01/2019 6:06 pm

    Those are powerful stories! We try to always be grateful, and to teach our girls to be grateful as well for even the basics in life.

  77. amayszingblogs permalink
    17/01/2019 6:28 pm

    Expressing gratitude is very important you give a lot of appreciation for all of their efforts and anything such a wonderful post.

  78. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    17/01/2019 10:06 pm

    Since having the accident in 2016 where I almost died after being hit by a drunk driver, i’m honestly so thankful for everyday because I know I shouldn’t be here right now. My kids shouldn’t be here, we shouldn’t have come out of that car alive.

  79. blair villanueva permalink
    17/01/2019 10:17 pm

    I feel gratitude every single day, for all the blessings including those challenges. I thanks for having challenges because it helps me to work more, and gives me purpose. We teach kids about gratitude and you’ll see how different they grow – they gain more valuable perspective.

  80. stickymudandbellylaughs permalink
    17/01/2019 11:53 pm

    It so easy to take the little things for granted. I am so more grateful for these things now, especially after nearly losing my husband to heart failure. It has made us appreciate life so much more and the things in it!

  81. Silent Scream permalink
    18/01/2019 12:58 am

    I am always grateful in everything. This is something my aren’t embarks in me, Be grateful of all things even if they are so little. As simple as waking up in the morning – be grateful. Life will be easier to handle.

    Again, thanks for adding stories . It is something I always look forward.

  82. Bindu Thomas permalink
    18/01/2019 1:21 am

    I know the importance of gratitude. But I am failing to show this towards the people who loves me. Thanks for your inspiration.

  83. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    18/01/2019 2:27 am

    This is so important. We need to remember to stay grateful every time. Life is better when we are grateful.

  84. ZyraKuma permalink
    18/01/2019 2:54 am

    It really helps when I write 3 things I am grateful for when I journal before bed. Been doing it for about a year now. This post should be shared more so people can see it!

  85. Madhurima Maiti permalink
    18/01/2019 3:24 am

    So true! Gratitude is so important in life. You have written it so beautifully and included such wonderful quotes.The perfect content for the right dose of motivation! Thanks a lot.

  86. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    18/01/2019 4:32 am

    I very much love this blog site especially this one. Power of gratitude is a very important thing to have and consider in our daily lives.

  87. Renee Theresa permalink
    18/01/2019 4:53 am

    I fully agree! I always love your posts. Thanks for sharing!

  88. Dermafity permalink
    18/01/2019 5:04 am

    Wow…this is well though out. Expressing gratitude has a magical way of cheering ones life up! Thank you for you elaborate post

  89. Jolie Starrett permalink
    18/01/2019 5:36 am

    Thank you for your perspective. Gratitude is something we should implement daily.

  90. Keshia Richmond permalink
    18/01/2019 5:43 am

    Thanks for giving us a great way to help us adjust to situations and find alternative ways to accomplish our goals through gratitude.

  91. folabest permalink
    18/01/2019 5:48 am

    Showing gratitude enables one to achieve more. I always get motivated and learn new things from your posts. Thanks for sharing and wish you all the best

  92. That Dog Momma permalink
    18/01/2019 5:59 am

    It’s so important to take a step back and realize how great your life is. I look forward to your next motivation monday post.

  93. Puja permalink
    18/01/2019 6:14 am

    Such a great reminder. I think expressing gratitude brings a lot of joy.

  94. The Crumby Vegan permalink
    18/01/2019 6:28 am

    I love the calendar you have above, it’s so helpful to know the big days coming up. I hope I express gratitude every day in my prayers 💚

  95. Becca Wilson permalink
    18/01/2019 6:49 am

    Showing gratitude is something that a lot of us do not do. There are so many things to be thankful for!

  96. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    18/01/2019 7:42 am

    Gratitude and contentment go hand in hand with happiness. A grateful heart is equal to a happy life.

  97. sabrina barbante permalink
    18/01/2019 7:47 am

    You know what? My favorite Italian word is GRAZIE: I love the way it sounds, I love its grace and the way I feel every time I say it to someone. It happens pretty often 🙂

  98. Melissa M Sanchez permalink
    18/01/2019 8:25 am

    I always look forward to your posts because they are so insightful. I am actually teaching our kids the power of gratitude and having an outlook on life that focuses on the blessings we have and not on what we want or do not have!

  99. Andrew McKoscielecky permalink
    18/01/2019 8:26 am

    I agree totally with you. We must start to teach our kids early, because later will be too late. Good job!

  100. munniofalltrades permalink
    18/01/2019 9:00 am

    It is easy to lose sight of what one has but it is very difficult to be grateful. I try to remember the good things in my life and be grateful as much as possible.

  101. Rebecca Sanchez permalink
    18/01/2019 9:23 am

    Oh oh – I think the universe is trying to tell me something! Yours makes for the third piece I’ve read this week on the beauty of gratitude. I think I’ll take your advice and start working on being more expressively grateful – for the small things as well as the large!

  102. Shannan Powell permalink
    18/01/2019 9:36 am

    I love this post!! Gratitude is something that it simply feels good to be on both the giving and receiving end. Definitely a wonderful reminder for all of us.

  103. Amanda Yorton permalink
    18/01/2019 10:22 am

    I teach my kids to show gratitude when it comes to anything and everything. I try to do the same. But sometimes I do forget to thank someone!

  104. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    18/01/2019 11:10 am

    I think many of us need to remember to show gratitude for what we have… I try and write little notes when I am grateful for something and put them in a jar to look back on later!

  105. Melissa permalink
    18/01/2019 11:23 am

    Expressing gratitude is so important and something I stress to my children. We can all do more of it, but believe any effort is worth while.

  106. Cătălina-Iuliana Nini permalink
    18/01/2019 12:21 pm

    Since I started a bullet journal, I have dedicated a monthly gratitude page and I write a short sentence or few words every day. It`s so calming to look at it and the feeling of cultivating gratitude is even bigger. Can`t believe I haven`t done it until now.

  107. jeannette9712gmailcom permalink
    18/01/2019 12:26 pm

    Thank you so much for this, “a spirit of gratitude can help us adjust to situations and find alternative ways to accomplish our goals” Being ungrateful and bitter had my happiness halted for so many years, Letting go of bitterness and learning to be grateful changed my life.

  108. rhian westbury permalink
    18/01/2019 1:12 pm

    Gratitude is so important to show and I like to show it as often as possible. But I do always think we can do it more x

  109. alwaysusebutter permalink
    18/01/2019 2:45 pm

    Gratitude is so important! I have been so so bad at it throughout my life, but the moment I started working in it my whole perception of life changed. Great post & a great reminder!

  110. Alexandra permalink
    18/01/2019 3:13 pm

    I appreciate this post so much. We need to be grateful not only on thanksgiving Day but all year-round.

  111. sincerelymissj permalink
    18/01/2019 3:39 pm

    Great post on gratitude. Great reminder, I think that everyone needs the reminder to be grateful for what they have.

  112. The Olive Blogger permalink
    18/01/2019 4:40 pm

    Yes, everyone needs to take a little time in their day to pause and reflect on what we are grateful for!! I started a gratitude journal the middle of last year and it has become the thing I look forward to the most at the end of my day!

  113. Jessica Lynn Martin permalink
    18/01/2019 5:33 pm

    I am always finding something to be grateful for each day. Even if my day is not the best I am always reminded by something small to still be grateful. It is so important to be grateful in the bad times as well as the good times. I like the moral of the last story to be content no matter what. I have learned to be content with what I have instead of longing for something that someone else may have. I loved this post very much!

  114. Flossie permalink
    18/01/2019 5:59 pm

    I love the fables you included with this post! We work hard to teach our girls to be grateful for everything, even the things (food, water, shelter) that many of us take for granted – because not everyone CAN take them for granted.

  115. Sachea Munroe permalink
    18/01/2019 10:49 pm

    The story of the hare and the frog is an old fable, my grandparents use to tell us as kids. To this day, they have stayed with me and I will pass down to my children

  116. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    18/01/2019 11:35 pm

    I agree gratitude could be a great guiding light in many situation.
    Thanks for this post, I am always excited to read your motivation!

  117. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    19/01/2019 1:24 am

    Gratitude is something we all need to give, and it is something so simple to do and means so much more

  118. Andrew McKoscielecky permalink
    19/01/2019 2:08 am

    This is really true! I totally get you!

  119. Elena Toma permalink
    19/01/2019 2:16 am

    My life completely change into a more positive way and I feel so happy since I begun to express gratitude. At the end of the day you need to know that things are not that bad and you have more than you know

  120. Sarah Stockley (@kipperscurtains) permalink
    19/01/2019 2:18 am

    Politeness and thanking people goes a long way. I am always thankful for everything that comes to me and it really pays off.

  121. Jeferson permalink
    19/01/2019 4:16 am

    The Mouse story is so apt for gratitude topic…..When i pray I always start being grateful … It gives me peace….

  122. Nate permalink
    19/01/2019 7:38 am

    When you meet obstacles with gratitude, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses its power, and grace finds a home within you.

    Omg this one really hit home for me. Love this quote!

  123. Traveling Fig permalink
    19/01/2019 8:45 am

    GRATITUDE is so important – I’m going to make it the theme of my yoga class today!

  124. Nate permalink
    19/01/2019 9:14 am

    Gratitude is something I do not take for granted, been doing this for the last few solid years. For sure something I do not neglect.

  125. latoyia12 permalink
    19/01/2019 11:23 am

    I really needed this article as a wake up call. Thank you so much!

  126. Tom @ {Tech} for Travel permalink
    19/01/2019 1:11 pm

    Showing gratitude is free yet so many people choose not to show it in any form!

  127. Eloise permalink
    19/01/2019 1:15 pm

    I LOVE the mice story! it is so true! I’d rather live a simple non-rich life in peace than a fearful, walking on eggshells rich life. Life is about living with what we need and in comfort and joy ; )
    I’m grateful for every day I wake to another day (ever since my near death experience).

  128. mamabee1981 permalink
    19/01/2019 1:36 pm

    Gratitude surely has a very positive experience in life for us and everyone around us.

  129. Ms. Perfect permalink
    19/01/2019 1:44 pm

    It’s funny how the mind works. We have more control over our experience than we realize, yet we still have depression and anxiety. Very nice post, we need more attention to this.

  130. Di Hickman permalink
    19/01/2019 2:15 pm

    Thanks for this. Before the holidays I was doing so well with my gratitude journal but then I got out of my routine and habits. I haven’t done it the whole of january 🙁 It’s on my to-do list for the weekend though!

  131. Jennifer permalink
    19/01/2019 5:30 pm

    Gratitude is something that I express everyday, It’s important to always be thankful for what you have. This is such a wonderful post, the world would be a much better place if people expressed more gratitude and kindness.

  132. Lisa Bonny permalink
    19/01/2019 5:34 pm

    I love to write down what I’m feeling grateful for! I know it make same so much more productive because I can see all the great that I already have! Gratitude is a perfect Motivational Monday post!

  133. Courtney permalink
    19/01/2019 5:42 pm

    I am all about gratitude! Law of attraction! The more you’re thankful for what you have, the more you will receive

  134. kidneyfornikki permalink
    19/01/2019 6:36 pm

    I am working on expressing my gratitude more this year. I think I am usually grateful but not always expressive of it. I love reading your posts — they are very thought-provoking!

  135. Leslie Hernandez permalink
    19/01/2019 8:13 pm

    I am always grateful for all the little things in life. Life is so short and although sometimes we struggle and experience tough days we should always find the time to be grateful for the day no matter how it went.

  136. Neyl Hezekiah permalink
    19/01/2019 10:11 pm

    What a great article to read! Joy is the simplest form of gratitude and the gratitude you have it can apply to teach others!

  137. Princess Peralta permalink
    20/01/2019 2:30 am

    I enjoy reading this, More blog post about gratitude that inspires us as well.

  138. Angela Tolsma permalink
    20/01/2019 4:48 am

    I love the story of the mouse. Gratitude is an interesting one for me. I struggle with the word but at the same time I am so thankful for where I am in life.

  139. Eileen M Loya permalink
    20/01/2019 5:03 am

    Expressing thanks is something we sometimes take for granted. I think we must express gratitude every day, in a sincere manner. It might just be this little habit that will change the world.

  140. Melissa M Sanchez permalink
    20/01/2019 5:28 am

    This is something that I have been working on with the kids, being grateful in all situations

  141. Neil Alvin Nicerio permalink
    20/01/2019 6:17 am

    Saying Thank you is something many now forget. In the time where everything is instant, I do hope that people never forget that important word.

  142. Nati permalink
    20/01/2019 7:02 am

    One of the most important things I’ve learnt from Social Media in the past years, are related to gratitude. I definitely starter feeling and living better the moment I decided to give it a try to this “practice gratefulness” thing!

  143. Angelica Arias permalink
    20/01/2019 7:10 am

    Trying to be better about expressing gratitude everyday. I stated a journal to do this and write in it before I go to bed.

  144. laura dove permalink
    20/01/2019 9:15 am

    You can never be grateful enough! I think the key to happiness is being grateful, without it you will always be longing for more and never appreciating what you have.

  145. toastycritic permalink
    20/01/2019 11:03 am

    Gratitude makes all the difference when it comes living. It’s the difference between happiness and bitterness. When we are grateful for the things around us, our whole view of the world changes.

  146. Crystal (Busy Mom Diary) permalink
    20/01/2019 11:28 am

    This was such a great reminder. It’s important to show others that we are full of gratitude.. it’s a message I am trying to teach my children everyday.

  147. hotmessmom365 permalink
    20/01/2019 1:26 pm

    I feel like we could all express more gratitude to those we love and even to ourselves. Is such a simple thing to do that can have such a wonderful benefit.

  148. Obi Kalu permalink
    20/01/2019 4:02 pm

    I like this post. The pictures you add to it are nice and make it worth reading.

  149. Erin Haugerud permalink
    20/01/2019 5:29 pm

    Great read!! Gratitude is so very important!! It’s amazing how much I have to remind my kids – it’s almost sad

  150. CARMEN | Wellington World Travels permalink
    20/01/2019 8:11 pm

    I always try to be grateful. Sometimes when I become jealous of what others have (or start comparing), I forget the things that i have. Hubby always reminds me to be grateful and be content. I remember ranting to him that this person went to this place, and I haven’t been there. And he would tell me “so the 40+ countries you’ve visited is not enough?” Sometimes I am so quick to point out the things that I don’t have, and forget just how blessed I am. Really and truly there is nothing for me to complain about with all the blessings coming upon us.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      22/01/2019 2:36 am

      Yes, we all do 🙂

      • Anne permalink
        04/09/2020 11:41 pm

        Indeed right, gratitude is powerful , it gives us connection to appreciate things more.

  151. lifewithjoshandkristyn permalink
    20/01/2019 8:45 pm

    I think expressing gratitude more often will help with keeping a positive mind. This is a great motivational post.

  152. 3TravelBug permalink
    20/01/2019 9:22 pm

    Gratitude is something I think many people forget to focus on! In 2019 I am trying to express this more and more

  153. Erica Ardali (@EricaEverAfter) permalink
    21/01/2019 4:18 am

    I love this. Gratitude is something I try really hard to practice in my daily life

  154. Shweta koul permalink
    21/01/2019 4:34 am

    Thanks for sharing such an inspirational blog… 🙂

  155. Christopher Mitchell permalink
    21/01/2019 6:36 am

    I’m with you 100%, gratitude is at the heart of what it is to be human!

  156. Natasha permalink
    21/01/2019 6:51 am

    Expressing gratitude is so important. Many things would not happen in our lives if it wasn’t for others and it is important to recognize their help.

  157. Elisa Semenova permalink
    21/01/2019 11:46 am

    I really agree with you! Also because unfortunately there’s too many people that doesn’t know this feeling!

  158. lavandamichelle permalink
    21/01/2019 1:07 pm

    This is a nice post. Great motivational content, my kids are learning about Gratitude in school and its awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  159. Gill Trotman permalink
    21/01/2019 3:00 pm

    Gratitude is something that everyone needs to truly appreciate what life has to offer. As you said, when things are going well, its easy to be thankful, but when things are going wrong, thats when gratitude matters most.

  160. Nina permalink
    21/01/2019 3:20 pm

    Gratitude is definitely powerful! It can transform a not-so-good day into something more positive. I think it all boils down to allowing positivity to empower you in all aspects of life.

  161. The Sunny Side permalink
    21/01/2019 8:02 pm

    It’s taken me years to really shift my mindset holistically but boy is like great with gratitude at the forefront!

  162. remo ankelsaria permalink
    21/01/2019 11:15 pm

    Gratitude is one of the most important aspects to live a happy life. Good post.

  163. Elizabeth Varkey permalink
    22/01/2019 12:27 am

    I totally agree with you post content. One can hange a bad day to good one and good day to a bad one. Well said

  164. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    22/01/2019 1:45 am

    The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. Yes, this is so true, I was feeling so down and sad these past few months and to start with, I am one positive person. I guess we all have our down days. But as I pause and ponder, I realize, I still am lucky so thank you world, thank you universe and thank you people. I also would want to thank you MirthandMotivation for constantly inspiring and motivating people – thanks!

  165. chaddden2001 permalink
    22/01/2019 6:22 am

    Gratitude is so important, thank you for reminding me to show it.

  166. Karen Monica permalink
    22/01/2019 6:42 am

    The power of gratitude is simply magical. You feel so blessed and you start seeing life in a much more positive way .

  167. Lisa Rios permalink
    22/01/2019 11:29 am

    My mom taught me that gratitude is the birthplace of joy – I think that is absolutely true.

  168. brandy permalink
    24/01/2019 4:14 am

    This is something we all need in our life

  169. brandy permalink
    25/01/2019 4:20 am

    This is an excellent post. Sometimes it’s hard to feel gratitude for all that we have bit usually it’s exactly what we need at the time.

  170. thestyletune permalink
    28/01/2019 10:02 am

    Gratitude is one of the biggest favors we can do to ourselves. I make a conscious effort to do so. Love your perspective on not so good times.

  171. Nicole permalink
    29/01/2019 5:40 am

    Gratitude is such an important part of everyday life. Although it can be hard to feel gracious everyday, it helps to at least try! I know I need to work on this a bit more. Thanks for sharing!

  172. Courtney permalink
    29/01/2019 5:07 pm

    Gratitude is so important!!! The more thankful you are for the current things in your life, the more things you will be thankful for in the future

  173. Emily Fata permalink
    21/02/2019 5:47 am

    I find that allowing yourself to feel gratitude is the best way to allow more wonderful things into your life. Turning a blind eye to the good things already coming your way prevents you from finding true happiness in things that arrive for you in the future.

  174. explorewithnelly permalink
    10/06/2019 11:35 pm

    I am trying to embrace a life of pure gratitude and I found a challenge that I am currently following. I hope we could all see how blessed we truly are and be thankful

  175. Kenny Ngo permalink
    14/06/2019 3:57 am

    Gratitude is something that I am trying to work on everyday. I struggle and then remind myself to be grateful for the fact alone that I am alive and breathing.

  176. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    31/12/2021 6:52 am

    That’s so true, no matter how bad we have it there is always someone worse off. We need to appreciate what we have more.

  177. Blair Villanueva permalink
    31/12/2021 6:36 pm

    Everyday I feel grateful. Even my situation isn’t good, or I feel like I’m in a mud, I am still thankful, and find gratitude to all the things and experiences I had, because I am alive. Life is beautiful, and I’m truly grateful for that.

  178. risalopez permalink
    31/12/2021 10:38 pm

    It is important to have gratitude everyday. Let’s start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.

  179. Chrissy permalink
    01/01/2022 9:28 am

    Thankful every minute of each day just by being alive 🙂

  180. Knycx Journeying permalink
    01/01/2022 8:52 pm

    Agree that it is important to give thanks and appreciate what we got from the world and at the same time remember to give that. Lovely piece and I am glad there is so much positive energy! – Knycx Journeying

  181. Jasmine Martin permalink
    01/01/2022 11:10 pm

    Gratitude is so important. It helps you to be thankful and understanding. It’s something that should be applied more often in life for everyone.


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