Audrey’s Gratitude Handout from November 10, 2019 Service

Simple ways to make gratitude a part of every day
(Ciara Conlon,
  • Keep a gratitude journal and add to it every day.
  • Tell someone you love them and how much you appreciate them.
  • Notice the beauty in nature each day.
  • Nurture the friendships you have.
  • Smile more often.
  • Watch inspiring videos that will remind you of the good in the world.
  • Include an act of kindness in your life each day.
  • Avoid negative media and movies with destructive content.
  • Call or spend quality time with your loved ones more often.
  • Cook meals with love, think of the people you will feed.
  • Volunteer for organizations that help others.
  • Don’t gossip or speak badly about anyone.
  • Compliment your friends and family when they look good.
  • Write a card to someone you haven’t seen in a while and tell them something nice.
  • When you think a negative thought, try to see the positive side in the situation.
  • Commit to one day a week when you won’t complain about anything.
  • Take note when people do a good job and give recognition.
  • Reward effort, if someone does something nice for you, do something nice for them.
  • Meditate with your gratitude list, giving thanks for all your good fortune.
  • Live mindfully, not worrying about the past or future.
  • Thank the people who serve you in the community — the shopkeeper, the bus drivers, etc.
  • Say thank you for the little things your loved ones do for you.
  • Post quotes and images that remind you to be grateful around your house.
  • Embrace challenges and turn them into opportunities to grow.
  • Send love to your enemies or people you dislike.
  • Be thankful when you learn something new.
  • See the growth opportunity in your mistakes.
  • Help your friends see the positive side to life.
  • When times are bad, focus on your friends who are at your side.
  • When time is good, notice and help others.
  • Make a gratitude collage, cut out pictures of all the things that you are grateful for.
  • Make gratitude a part of family life, share it with each other during meal time.
  • Practice gratitude at the same time every day to make it a habit.
  • Focus on your strengths.
  • Share the benefits of gratitude with family and friends.
  • Share gratitude each day by posting a tweet, Facebook post or Pinterest.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 –
(New Revised Standard Version)

There is an inherent law of mind that we increase whatever we praise. The whole creation responds to praise, and is glad.
– Charles Fillmore –

Heaven and earth listen and respond to the soul that is quickened into praise and thanksgiving. Praise is gratitude in action.
– Myrtle Fillmore –

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
– Melody Beattie –

Expressing Gratitude: I am gratefully and wonderfully blessed!

Happy Veterans Day and Happy Thanksgiving!