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“Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. Thinking of you this holiday season!” T.A. Barron


Blessed is the season that engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie
May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility. Mary Anne Radmacher
You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. Maya Angelou
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. Edith Sitwell


Happy Holiday Season! HAPPY HANUKKAH! MERRY CHRISTMAS/KWANZAA!  What a great gift to learn that after 9+ months of battling a global Covid-19 pandemic, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccines have arrived and if we can all exercise some patience and follow the standard CDC guidelines of wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing our hands regularly, we will enter 2021 with hope and a grateful heart. Typically, this is a time of great activity; gifting, giving/receiving, and worrying about all sorts of things and the pandemic has added an unpredictable twist to the mix. We are in a season of holiday celebrations and special events, and we must make the best of it for ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities. We had the start of Hanukkah on the 10th, Winter Solstice on the 21st,  Christmas Day will arrive on the 25th, and Kwanzaa on the 26th and so much to be grateful for. This year, we even had the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn a rare event that according to NASA hasn’t happened in nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night. WoW! What memories of 2020 will you carry with you into 2021? Which ones will you leave behind?

2020 has been a challenging year of unprecedented firsts, frustrations, and moments of grace. It is time to take stock of all the painful and pleasurable events that have brought us to the end of 2020; some great, some good, and some just sad/awful. Regardless of what kind of year this has been for us, it is important to take time to reflect, express our gratitude, and stay motivated to start 2021 on a stronger and more positive note. We can start by creating our own list of gratitude tips that kept us going during the darker, scarier months of Covid19, and by recognizing that the current surge in cases and loss of life demand that we become vigilant and considerate of others. I have culled a list of 33 gratitude tips, most of them shared by my pastor, Pastor Buddy Cremeans of Northway Church, that we can hold onto as we wrap up the year.

1. Gratitude makes us happier
2. Gratitude makes people like us
3. Gratitude makes us healthier
4. Gratitude boosts our career
5. Gratitude strengthens our positive emotions
6. Gratitude develops our personality
7. Gratitude makes us more optimistic
8. gratitude makes us kinder
9. Gratitude increases our spirituality
10. Gratitude makes us less self-centered
11. Gratitude increases our self-esteem

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The Holidays by Jane Taylor
“Ah! don’t you remember, ’tis almost December,
And soon will the holidays come;
Oh, ’twill be so funny, I’ve plenty of money,
I’ll buy me a sword and a drum. “Thus said little Harry, unwilling to tarry,
Impatient from school to depart;
But we shall discover, this holiday lover
Knew little what was in his heart. For when on returning, he gave up his learning,
Away from his sums and his books,
Though playthings surrounded, and sweetmeats abounded,
Chagrin still appear’d in his looks. Though first, they delighted, his toys were now slighted,
And thrown away out of his sight;
He spent every morning in stretching and yawning,
Yet went to bed weary at night. He had not that treasure which really makes pleasure,
(A secret discover’d by few).
You’ll take it for granted, more playthings he wanted;
Oh, naught was something to do. We must have employment to give us enjoyment
And pass the time cheerfully away;
And study and reading give pleasure, exceeding
The pleasures of toys and of play.To school now returning­to study and learning
With eagerness Harry applied;
He felt no aversion to books or exertion,
Nor yet for the holidays sigh’d. via


“The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing others’ loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” W. C. Jones


It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. Mother Theresa
Holidays – any holiday – are such a great opportunity to focus on bringing the family together. Lidia Bastianich
It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal and that every path may lead to peace. Agnes M. Pharo
Christmas is the season when you buy this year’s gifts with next year’s money. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey


What stays constant for you during the holiday season? Despite the ravages of the pandemic, the holiday season is a time of reckoning and beckoning. We stop and review the events of the year by facing hard facts while preparing to celebrate the beckoning festivities with loved ones.  I often observe a mood shift in people; folks seem a tad more hopeful, cheerful, and happy about the impending holidays. This year is different because of the loss of many lives from Covid19.  Over 2000+ lives are being lost each day in the USA, and that translates to many families who will spend this holiday season mourning. While there is some excitement in the air about the holidays, we must remember to share our gratitude for life by helping other families in ways we can.

Share your gratitude and goodwill this season: If we could package the excitement by sharing some of it with struggling families and putting some in reserve for the coming year, we’d all have a positive boost in both our energy levels and our spirit. Of course, all of this depends on our attitude and our feelings of gratitude. Instead of counting all the ways the pandemic unraveled our lives, we can spend our time creating new and positive memories to help us wrap up the year. While we are at it, we can dig up any precious, miraculous moments that gave us hope in the human condition this year… If we look closely, we will find them. Create your list of good things that you are grateful for this year. As the year wraps up, ask yourself: What am I grateful for this year?

12. Gratitude improves your sleep
13. Gratitude keeps us away from the doctor.
14. Gratitude lets us live longer.
15. Gratitude increases our energy levels.
16. Gratitude makes us more likely to exercise
17. Gratitude helps us bounce back
18. Gratitude makes us feel good
19. Gratitude makes our memories happier
20. Gratitude reduces our feelings of envy
21 Gratitude helps us relax.

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Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The holiest of all holidays are those
Kept by ourselves in silence and apart;
The secret anniversaries of the heart,
When the full river of feeling overflows;–
The happy days unclouded to their close;
The sudden joys that out of darkness start
As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart
Like swallows singing down each wind that blows!
White as the gleam of a receding sail,
White as a cloud that floats and fades in air,
White as the whitest lily on a stream,
These tender memories are;–a fairy tale
Of some enchanted land, we know not where,
But lovely as a landscape in a dream. via


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for OCT – NOV 2020 are:


11/01 – 01 All Saints Day, Daylight Savings Ends, 02 All Soul’s Day, 03 Election Day, 05 Guy Fawkes
11/08 – 08 National STEM Day, 10 Science Day for Peace & Development, 11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day
11/15 – 15 National Philanthropy Day, 16 20 Universal Children’s Day
11/22 – 25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 26 Thanksgiving Day, 27 Black Friday
11/29 – 30 Cyber Monday
National Diabetes Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Adoption Month, National Native American Heritage, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, National Veterans and Military Families, National Family Caregivers, National American History and Founders Month


12/01 – 01 Giving Tuesday, World AIDS Day, 02 Int’l. Day for Abolition of Slavery, 03 Int’l. Day of Persons with Disabilities, 05 International Volunteer Day, National Repeal Day
12/06 – 06 St Nicholas Day, 07 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Int’l. Civil Aviation Day, 10 Hanukkah (Start), Human Rights Day, 12 International Day of Neutrality, Int’l. Universal Health Coverage Day
12/13 – 13 National Day Of The Horse, 15 Bill of Rights Day, 17 Wright Brothers Day, Nat’l. Maple Syrup Day 18 International Migrants Day
12/20 – 20 International Human Solidarity Day, 21 Start of Winter (Winter Solstice), 25 Christmas, 26 Boxing Day, Start of Kwanzaa,
12/27 – 27 St Johns Day, 31 New Year’s eve
National Pie Day, National Day of Giving – #GivingTuesday, Rosa Parks Day, National Repeal Day, St. Nicholas Day, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Human Rights Day, Chanukah Begins, National App Day, National Salesperson Day, National Day Of The Horse, Bill of Rights Day, National Maple Syrup Day, National Twin Day, Winter Solstice, National Re-Gifting Day, Christmas, Pledge of Allegiance Day, National Hero Day, National Champagne Day, New Years Eve, Universal Hour of Peace

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“The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Anonymous




Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day. Helen Steiner Rice
Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. Dale Evans
The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis
The holiest of holidays are those kept by ourselves in silence and apart; The secret anniversaries of the heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge

What are your plans for this holiday and the coming year? My letter to Santa is a yearly staple and I share it unapologetically because it speaks to so many thoughts and wishes we all hold dear. Plus, as Calvin Coolidge aptly says in the quote above, Christmas is a state of mind and we might as well develop a spirit of hope and gratitude this season. Enjoy the letter below. What would your letter look like? Share yours in the comment. Wishing you and your loved ones, peace, hope, health, and a spirit of gratitude this year! 

A Letter To Santa
Dearest Santa,
Thank you for the blessings you showered on us this year. Thank you for the new friends, unexpected gifts, and fresh opportunities. We are all grateful… My wish for the coming year is more goodwill, grace, and abundance in the world, and less misery, meanness, and scarcity!
Please don’t mix up the two!
With love & gratitude to all,

Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays!
Buone vacanze!
Joyeuses Fêtes!
أعيادا سعيدة!
Maligayang Pasko!
விழாக்கால வாழ்த்துக்கள்!
छुट्टियों की शुभकामनाएं!
С праздником!
С Рождеством Христовым!
تعطیلات مبارک!
हैप्पी छुट्टियाँ!
¡Felices Fiestas!
גליקלעך האָלידייַס!
Շնորհավոր Տոն!
Boas festas!
Wesolych Swiat!

22. Gratitude makes us friendlier
23. Gratitude helps our marriage
24. Gratitude makes us look good
25. Gratitude helps us make friends.
26. gratitude deepens our friendships/relationships.
27. Gratitude makes us a more effective manager
28. Gratitude helps us network
29. Gratitude helps us get mentors, proteges, and benefactors.
30. Gratitude increases our goals and motivates our achievement
31. Gratitude improves our decision making
32. Gratitude helps us forgive others
33. Gratitude helps us strengthen our métier

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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window, I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a luster of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blixen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too–
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
Down the chimney, St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight–
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!” via


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Until Next Time…
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Mirth and Motivation
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  • I’m so glad you shared this. It’s important to remember to be grateful for the good things we have in our lives, but this year has made it difficult to do.

  • I love T.A. Barron’s quote that every crystal matters. It’s so important to practice gratitude and be thankful for who and what we’ve got. It’s not about gifts or materialistic things. And I love the poem Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – I’ll be printing this out and putting on my office wall.

  • I love this. I truly believe that gratitude for what we have in the face of this year is the greatest gift we can give ourselves for 2020.

  • Thats a nice article on gratitude. It surely transforms us into a better individual and I can surely say that from my experience of life.

  • It’s definitely been a different year for sure. But I’m thankful we have our health in my family and we are able to see each other for the holidays. Even with a strange and sometimes tough year, there’s still a lot to be grateful for.

  • Happy Christmas to you too! I’m feeling very grateful for my family and my health after a pretty difficult year… and that the vaccine is on its way of course!

  • This is so beautiful! I know the year has been very challenging but we should all be grateful for everything we got.

  • This year has shown me what is truly important to me. Family and loved ones. I’m spending the holidays basking in the love of my niece and nephews and am grateful to be here with them again after nearly a year. Happy and safe holidays to you.

  • Excellent points! I definitely agree that Gratitude makes us happier, more likable, and healthier. Thank you for the reminder.

  • The thing is.
    Everyone matters! (we’re all made up of matter haha)
    We should be grateful for the fact that we’re happily celebrating the holidays!

  • Gratitude is definitely the building block for so many other things to be built on. It will make your life and marriage better, by being more grateful and showing gratitude for those around you!

  • Really important post, gratitude has been what has kept me through so many awful periods and even 2020.

  • These are the amazing gratitude tips for this holiday season. I really like it and thanks for sharing.

  • happy Holidays to you and your family! Best wishes and thiank you for this super inspiring post!

    • I believe in, and practice, gratitude. However, even as a personal growth writer, I’d never thought about these many benefits if gratitude, but I agree with them all. Nice post!

  • Great post! I the number of language that say Merry Christmas. We definitely should grateful for these things!

  • Thanks so much for these 33 tips, am practising some as my personal gratitute actions before the wrap up for year 2020

  • Wonderful read! Thanks for sharing this inspirational content. Much needed for New Years!

  • Gratitude reminds us of what we have, what was given without asking, and what was given after asking. It reminds us to count our blessings.

  • Such a nice post. I completely enjoyed it. Thanks for the motivation and wise words.

  • Totally agree gratitude is a key part of enjoying any festive period. Without it, it would feel a very hollow experience. I just love your 33 reasons why feeling and expressing gratitude is both healthy and beneficial. While we can reflect on the sadness and suffering COVID 19 has brought, the truth is that we still have so much to be thankful for. Now more than ever, it is a great time to open express some gratitude to those around us.

  • My daughter was so excited about the planets. It’s a year for many that will never be forgotten. I lost my mom and I feel it right now because of the holidays. I know she is having a good holiday so we just miss her but are thankful and grateful for her love in our lives.

  • I love the quote “it is not on how much we give,but how much love we put on giving.” Happy Holidays too!

  • Merry Christmas. 2020 might have been horrible, but we have to still be thankful for surving and all of the little blessings that came our way. Hope u had a happy holidays

  • This is a great list. I agree with all of these. We need to show gratitude more than just around the holidays.

  • Everyone is indeed a part of the wold. We all have the right and liberty to live. This year may not be the best but yeah. We still need to be thankful.

  • Love all of these 33 reasons why gratitude is great for you. It is so easy to stop, be thankful, and then find ways to either return the love, pay it forward, or even better do both! I personally love the quote by Mother Theresa, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
    People always think they have to do so much especially during the holidays. But with a little thought and love even the smallest act can mean the world to others.
    Merry Christmas. I hope these 12 days of Christmas bring you and your family more joy than you can possibly handle.

  • True, if we follow the instructions, we will go into 2021 better than ever. Great tips!

  • I love the reminders about gratitude during the holiday season. It is the perfect time to think about your life and the things that you have to be grateful for. Happy holidays!

  • We could all use a little more gratitude. Love these phrase suggestions that help us bring gratitude to life.

  • Gratitude is a life changer for me. Being grateful is very important and holidays is a great moment to practice it closely

  • Almost end of 2020 and would like to personally thank you, all the gratitude to you with all that you share in your blog where we learn a lot of good deeds 🙂 Prosperous 2021 to you!

  • Such an extensive post! Loved the poems especially. It has been a difficult year indeed but thanks for the reminder that we still have lots of be thankful for 🙂 Here’s to a better 2021!

  • We had one of the best holidays ever. I think these difficult times are making us more grateful for what we have – which is a good thing, obviously.

  • Even though 2020 has been a struggle to say the least, it’s so important to remain positive towards the end of the way. The holidays aren’t want we hoped for yet there is still so much to be grateful for. Thank you for that reminder.

  • Thank you for this blog! It was very refreshing! Yes, the vaccines are here, and I’m excited about that! And I love your gratitude remarks! Gratitude definitely makes us friendlier!

  • Gratitude does help with how we deal with everyday life. I try to be thankful for the good and the bad. It helps to stay calm

  • Couldn’t agree more! Everyone created in this world matters and we have our purpose. Happy Holidays and may the new year bring us hope and a fresh new start.

  • Above all, gratitude keeps us down to the Earth & stress free! Really inspiring post!!

  • Gratitude does strengthen our spirituality. I have gotten in a habit of making more of something I am grateful for each day and it has changed me tremendously.

  • These gratitude tips could make such a difference in our lives and will help us start the new year stronger. Happy Holidays!

  • Merry Christmas!! I hope everyone had a happy holidays. We have a lot to be thankful of, despite the pandemic. To a better new year for us all

  • These are great tips, and I think by now most of us could use them. 2020 has been the year of making it difficult to be grateful, in my opinion, but I think we all need to remember that things can always be worse.

  • I truly admired your work, it helps any individual who wants to lift their spirit. Knowing the word “Gratitude” is really a great value one person must have in their hearts. It’s a great feeling having this, loved it!

  • I think I commented, but I don’t see it yet. I wanted to make sure though, because I wanted you to know I was thinking of you and wishing you a very Happy New Year. We had a lot of things happen good and not so good in 2020, but I am still grateful. Grateful for life, health, family, work and so much more. Wising you and yours an absolutely amazing 2021.

    • You are a sweetheart. May the blessings of the season fill your home too. Likewise!

  • Happy New year. If you survive in 2020 and I’m sure you can do the same in 2021. Just be positive and stay healthy. Always look on the bright side of life. All the best!

  • Every Christmas I make a donation to the less privileged. It is actually something my parents did when I was growing up and I just continue doing.

  • If anything this year has taught me that I need to make a conscious effort to practice gratitude. Ths holidays specifically reminded me of this. I love Maya Angelou’s quote that you can tell alot about a person….with lost luggage and tangled Christmas lights! Wow hahah I’ve never realized how true that statement is!

  • Many good motivational resources. I’ll check it out when I am free from work.

  • This has been a good year for thinking about what we want in our lives, being grateful, etc. It is nice to focus on the positive.

  • I love these tips and poems, I think gratitude is the perspective we all need to move forward from 2020 !

  • I am grateful that the holidays went smoothly. My family and I were thankful for all the little things and the quality time that we spent together.

  • It must have taken you forever to put this together! It’s fantastic and it makes me more aware of the things I need to show gratitude towards. I love this and thank you for your hard work!

  • So many things happened this 2020 and yes, most of it were unexpected but we still be able to learn from it and be resilient with what is happening around the world. I know that we all hope for a better year ahead of us. Happy New Year! Hello 2021!

  • I am aiming to practice gratitude more consistency in 2021. Thank you for this inspiring post that reminds of of the true meaning of the holidays.

  • 2020 is definitely a year to remember! It made us pause and cherish all the things we took for granted.

  • This quote is going on m fridge for the New Year – “May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility.” And I love the benefits of gratitude you listed. Indeed an attitude of gratitude elevates our altitude. Sounds cheesy, but couldn’t resist 🙂

  • Gratitude also gives an awesome positive ripple-effect! It gives more blessings and happiness.

  • In my head I know that I have so much to be grateful for – and in my gut I’m so frustrated and angry for being so tied down by the current events. Gratitude is not always easy to achieve….

  • I spend a lot of time thinking aobut gratitude — especially after this horrible past year. Otherwise, it would be easy to be down! Listing the benefits like this helps! Also, thanks for posting Twas the Night Before Christmas! I remember having to learn that for school as a kid. Brings back nice memories!

  • It was such an adventure going through everything happened in 2020 but we still have things to appreciate and be thankful for.

  • Happy Holiday and thanks for sharing these gratitude tips. I am planning to carry these tips throughout the year.

  • Holidays are not joy only, it’s sometimes means pressure. I think it is very important to keep gratitude with you doing through happy holiday time

  • These tips are great, 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. People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways.

  • Even if the holidays are now over it doesn’t mean we can’t use these tips for all the year. For suere for the next holidays are good. Thanks for sharing with us. – Paolo

  • Gratitude does make a difference and we all need to practice it more. I can’t think of a single downside

  • This is really great motivations for all people. And self-reminder for myself. I am agree with you with this “Despite the ravages of the pandemic, the holiday season is a time of reckoning and beckoning.” Wish 2021 more better for us and no more sorrow.

  • Finding gratitude in everything I do has been a goal of mine for the past 2 years. I think it has made me a better person because I appreciate everything I have.

  • I agree! Everytime we give, Everytime we love it’s Christmas. Christmas is all about giving than receiving.

  • We definitely need to share the love and will. It was fun season for all of us. Hopefully, next one will be better. Great Santa letter as well.

  • It’s so important to share your love and gratitude over the holidays! These are such great tips for doing that.

  • Wow that was quite the read. I practice the three grace everyday and it’s true all you said. Love what you do.

  • I truly believe that Gratitude increases our goals and motivates our achievement. I am grateful for everything that I am and everything that I had the chance to do.

  • I have always seen gratitude as both a spiritual and mental exercise that also benefits the body, so, thanks a lot for these.

  • Gratitude makes us affirmative, positive and motivated. It also helps us be kinder to other people. We need it for 2021!

  • Holidays by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is such a lovely poem! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Gratitude has become such an important part of my day. I love how it is now so natural each day to see and appreciate all the good around me.

  • What a year 2020 was. So many lows in one year. Thank you for your motivational posts that helped to keep my spirits up.

  • All these tips for gratitude are really good. I especially loved this poem ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore

  • 18. Gratitude makes us feel good
    19. Gratitude makes our memories happier
    20. Gratitude reduces our feelings of envy

    These are well-explained statement. Gratitude should always be felt and expressed to invite positivity in life. Thank you for this very informative motivating statements.

  • I really liked your wish from Santa. I think we desperately need some break from misery, meanness, and scarcity.

  • Hi, Elizabeth! What you say is so true! This year has really thaught me to be grateful in many other ways than just food and shelter! Also, for sure gratitude makes us more generous, when we realise that we have even more than what we need we start looking outside of ourselves and more towards others.

  • Thank you! I need this so bad! Been trying to get in the habit of practicing gratitude but def need a little push!

  • I love this list! I always see the “stay away from negative/toxic people” as a new year’s resolution but this is also a great reminder for ourselves if we have been toxic or negative too. my favorite is it makes us less self centered and makes us more likely to exercise. lol

  • Super enjoyed the holidays and got to appreciate everything i have in life like the blessing, my family and friends!!

  • Fantastic post, I agree gratitude is very important and it helps keep you feeling positive and happy but I didn’t realize just how much it affected, thanks for sharing all of that.

  • I really needed to read this today. I try my best to maintina an attitude of gratitude, but 2020 and what’s happening right now in the beginning of 2021 have made it hard to do that.

  • Remaining grateful for what we have in our lives is so important to our emotional well-being. This post is a great way to help us remember that.

  • This is a wonderful post! It’s so important to remember to maintain our gratitude in the world. Things could always be worse, and we’re all lucky to have what we do have.

  • Feeling gratitude is the best cure to depression. You cannot feel depressed and feel gratitude at the same time.
    It’s hard to get it started though. My trick is that I stand in front of the mirror and start laughing at myself, in a positive way. I quickly become joyous and grateful for what I have, which is a lot.

    • To pick up where I left off, another way to feel gratitude is to compare yourself with someone who has way less than you. For example, you can walk and stretch yourself as much as you want, while someone locked in a wheelchair cannot.
      Think about it.

  • Wow, this is very powerful! I think my favorites are that gratitude makes us healthier, gratitude reduces feelings of envy, and gratitude deepens our relationships.

  • Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow – this goes into my wall!

  • Hope you had a great holiday. I believe that being grateful is important. If we can teach everyone to be grateful, we can have a beautiful world where negativity can’t foster and children will have a smile on their faces as famously uttered by Catriona Gray. I really believe in that.

  • Pausing what you’re doing and taking the time to think about all the things you’re grateful for makes life so much better!

  • Being grateful is so important, it’s why I do my happy Friday list every week!

  • I am so grateful for so many things, I just need to remind myself of that. Thanks for the inspiration! 🍕👓👜

  • I am carrying this gratitude mindset with me for this new year. Hopefully each of us can do the same and have a wonderful year.

  • Honestly, the way 2020 ended and most of all how 2021 began – I actually have nothing to be grateful for. My life is prettymuch in shambles.

  • As always such a wealth of beautiful and inspiring information. I am grateful for waking up today and having a beautiful healthy family!

  • Ironically, we tend to lose some gratitude during the holidays with all the commercialism and hustle and bustle. Thanks for reminding us about the importance of it!

  • I do agree with you – gratitude makes us kinder, and I do belive gratitude makes us stronger aswell. Its good to feel more possitvie feelings, especially when the world looks the way it does!
    Not everyone is feeling gratitude during the holidays, a lot of people are just plainly stressed out.

  • This are great tips! I appreciate practicing gratitude and agree that it gets you up and going. I’ve experienced getting up to exercise after doing a gratitude journal and reflection. Love this!

  • We are thankful everyday and that is one way to avoid feeling sad about what we don’t have

  • Even though this last Christmas was different to how we normally celebrate, we still had so many things that were constant – spending time together and eating together.

  • I know a lot of people who should practice more gratitude in their lives. I feel like so many people are so negative during the pandemic, even though they are blessed with good health, a large family, a solid financial situation, etc.

  • Gratitude is so important and we tend to forget many a times the value of it. Its a good reminder and as always your articles are a source of inspiration.

  • Holidays are a time to celebrate, so gratitude easily fits the occasion. We all have much more to be grateful for than we realize and we need to let it be known, to ourselves and to others.

  • Totally agree! I always show my gratitude because I know how it could change someone’s day.

  • What a great way to start of the year with 33 gratitude tips. Even though it was for the holidays, I think it is important to remember these tips for the whole year.

  • I totally love that quote and just took a screenshot of it. Yes right now it’s all about gratitude and appreciating everything around us, but thanks for the reminder!

  • The rhythm is upbeat. Celebrating the virtues of giving and sharing inspires, any day.

  • I really love the poem The Holidays by Jane Taylor! It’s got a nice ring to it and I think I’ll be sharing with other friends and family each holiday.

  • Well, Elizabeth, we are now 2 weeks into 2021. Have you been able to hold on to your spirit of gratitude? I loved all the poems, quotes and inspiration you had during the holidays. But let’s be fair, holidays can do that naturally. It is the other 11 months of the year that we have to find ways to be thankful, giving, and kind to ourselves and others. I wish you well in this new year.

    • True indeed. Yes, I am even more grateful for the blessings of the new year. I found a full-time job that is meaningful and satisfying. For that, I am eternally grateful… 🙂

  • If 2020 has taught us anything is that we should have more gratitude, be more thankful and grateful of what we have.

  • It’s a wonderful season with so many holidays and celebrations, thanks a lot for the motivation and I appreciate the positive energy in these posts and comments. Keep them coming! – Knycx Journeying

  • Great post! Indeed, we need to be grateful and celebrate all the blessings we have for this year. Keep our heads up and be ready for the new ventures.

  • I am always trying to be gratful and living with gratitude in my heart. This inspires me even more!

  • I totally agree with you! Yes, gratitude makes us happier, healthier and energetic Thank you for sharing this. It is a good reminder for everyone on why it is important to have the attitude of gratitude in our lives.

  • I’m so glad you shared this. It’s important to remember to be grateful for the good things we have in our lives, but this year has made it difficult to do.

  • So far the only plans I have for the holidays is to sleep, then wake up later in the day and bake something.

  • I think being grateful is the best thing (and a blessing) for ourselves. Not everyone knows how to grateful.

  • Since this pandemic changed the world as well as me personally, my feelings and thoughts are constantly changing and adjusting. At the end of the day, this is something to be grateful for since it grants personal growth.

  • so many beautifully written poems for us to reflect, share and appreciate. Thanks for the motivation and looking forward to your next one. – Knycx Journeying

  • Great tips. This time is a bit complicated, but we should all be grateful for everything we got.

  • Lots of great quotes here. And even though the holidays are over, the need to show gratitude can apply to any time, any season.

  • Those are all wonderful selections of poems and it’s a great reminder for us to be grateful for anything in our life.

  • woow…I just doodled a thank you for a close colleague of mine as she is leaving our team for further study. gonna miss her company & help for sure