Gratitude: The Gift That Keeps on Giving (Part Two)

Gratitude: The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Christine Barnes

There are 30 beautiful days remaining of this year so let’s promise to enjoy every single day and let’s try not to get too far ahead of ourselves, what do you say? I’m beginning the month with feeling-based intentions and a second helping of gratitude so catch up with Part One if you haven’t yet, and then let’s get into it.

Consciously bringing gratitude into my daily life has helped me in countless ways. I’m more compassionate and empathetic, and I also appreciate each and every bit of this life. The weather, random authentic conversation, morning drives with my grandfather, and nights when my cheeks and stomach hurt from laughing are only just the beginning. The same goes for challenging times, too, because there’s a lesson, experience, or bit of wisdom to be gained through it all.

Looking back now, I can see where my mindset began to shift and I can trace the gradual change to present day with the driving force of listening to and honoring what made my heart happy. The first step was a move to southern Vermont which would allow me to discover nature’s beauty and a previously unknown part of myself. Over the years, there have also been a handful of creative undertakings, a few more moves, and further personal development.

What does all of this have to do with being grateful?

These moves and choices were all deliberate and intentional decisions, albeit some more sudden than others. I said yes to opportunity despite the fear. I welcomed each experience with a curious heart and mind. I chose to carry an attitude of gratitude with me no matter where my journey brought me.


HOW to curate an attitude of gratitude


Decide to truly experience the situation rather than allowing your expectations to get the best of you and subsequently set yourself up for disappointment. Give yourself grace to take the good with the bad and continue making strides toward your desired career, relationship, and life.


Take time to write down what you are thankful for each and every day. A tool such as a happiness jar or a journal gives you the opportunity to look back in retrospection and remember that it isn’t so bad after all.


Stock up on blank greeting cards so you can choose your own meaningful words and significant quotes rather than ordinary and overused thoughts. What’s more, send a handwritten note just because and be prepared to make someone's day.


Repeat these words as often as possible when you are genuinely grateful for someone else and their actions. From something as simple as a stranger holding a door open for you to a compliment being thrown your way, your gratitude will create a domino effect of positive impact.

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
— Ralph Marston

As with any skill or habit you plan on carrying with you through life, approaching all experiences and events with gratitude requires practice and perseverance. And then, before you know it, you'll have a different outlook and more meaningful engagement during your everyday life.

Now I want to hear from you. Tell me in the comments below how you share your gratitude with others.

Oh, and one more thing. Thank you for helping me to bring this vision to life. Your support on this journey has been astounding and downright inspiring so for that and for you I am grateful ❤️