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Day 28 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: The Most Powerful Gratitude Practice You're Not Doing by Marie Forleo

In a recent post on her website, Marie Forleo states, "Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, the most fundamental practice to quickly transform your life — any time of year — is gratitude.”

She goes on to say, “Gratitude is simply a deep and genuine sense of appreciation for what you have in your life. For things big and small. For the air you breathe; the unconditional love of your pet; for blessing of someone who loves you.”

Marie asserts, “And this shouldn’t just be an intellectual or mental exercise, it should touch you and fill you up emotionally. Because when you genuinely fill yourself up with the emotion of appreciation, it changes how you feel and it completely alters the actions you take and, therefore, the results you’ll create.”

In the following video, Marie shares a “simple yet highly effective and science-backed way to take your gratitude practice to the next level.”

Marie Forleo is one of my go-to people on the Internet for practical advice on how to create and live a life that I love.  She delivers award-winning videos weekly to subscribers of her website that educates, empowers and inspires millions of people (including myself) to play a bigger game. If you are not on her list to receive weekly updates, I highly recommend that you seriously consider doing so. She is a game-changer! And if you want to elevate your game, you have to interact with game changers.

Just two days left before the end of The Feeling Grateful Blog Series. I am so appreciative of how many of you have returned to the site either through signing up for email updates, RSS feed or because you remembered. In either case, you have helped to make this series a success and for that I will be forever grateful.

Grateful Heart,

Jackie Capers-Brown
Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish
Author, Get Unstuck Now

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#FeelingGrateful by Jackie Capers-Brown

Gratitude in our heart is a reflection of our appreciation for our life. For me, this includes being grateful for the good and the not-so good. I have come to realize that I’ve learned just as much, if not more, about life, who I am and the strength of my spirit from difficulties as I have from my successes.

Gratitude sustains my faith in God's faithfulness and my belief that each of us have so much more potential to be realized.

As I celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I am grateful for following the call in my soul to start this blog five years ago. It has truly expanded my way of thinking and being beyond what I could have imagined. As I make plans to move my blog from Blogger to the Rainmaker Platform, I'm excited about how this new platform will enable me to expand my intention of helping people champion themselves and become the hero of their story.

Tiffany Shlain stated, “When we are in the womb-the umbilical cord keeps us connected to something larger than ourselves. When that cord is cut at our birth, we spend the rest of our lives seeking to be connected to something larger than ourselves.”

In addition to our faith, I believe gratitude connects us to our Divine Source, who is much greater than ourselves. When we establish a practice of gratitude in our daily life we tap into an energy that empowers us to expand our lives beyond all that we can imagine and think.

Gratitude sparks the light within us so that as we go forth in the world, our lives illuminate what’s possible. It enables us to center ourselves by being present with all that is going well in our lives. The practice of gratitude in our lives focuses our attention on what really matters in our lives. It diminishes the mind chatter we experience that says, “There’s never enough” and “I’m not enough”.

Gratitude ushers us into a state of contentment that provides us with peace of mind and clarity. A heart full of gratitude quickly acknowledges, “All is well in my soul.” This doesn’t mean that we aren’t diligent towards manifesting new possibilities. It means that we are appreciative of how much we’ve overcome and how far we’ve come. Instead of rushing past the present for the future, the practice of gratitude keeps us grounded in the now which is where all the power is to redefine possible in our lives.

Today is the Thanksgiving Holiday in the USA. I want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving Day and I pray that today and every day you and your family will continue to be blessed beyond measure with love, happiness and success.

A few reasons why Jackie Capers-Brown is #FeelingGrateful

1.     I’ll never stop being grateful for my parents. As the vessels used by God to create my DNA, I continue to be in awe of the foundation of faith and fortitude they were able to cultivate in my young soul before they died. By the age of 20, my parents, Willie Mae Capers and William Mills had died. Yet, their spirit remains strong within me. To this day, one of my heart’s desire is to honor the legacy of their lives with what I accomplish in my life.

2.   My favorite way to say thank you is by utilizing my gifts and talents to make a difference in a person’s life. When I’m in my zone of service to others I am my best self. It brings me much pleasure and satisfaction to know that I have contributed in some way to another person’s ability to see and hold themselves in a higher light and to take actions that lead them to living a better life.

3.   The best thank you I’ve received has been from my daughter, Derytah’s ability to live her life based on her terms. There is nothing more rewarding to my heart than to be alive and have the opportunity to witness her growth and transformation. I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have a daughter who owns her story, voice and power. She makes her Mom proud.

4.   When I was a kid, I didn’t realize how grateful I should have been for my childhood and adolescent friendships. I regret that I didn’t see the importance of maintaining the strong bonds of friendships I had when I was younger. Today, I am mindful of how important it is to my well-being to nurture quality friendships. I am forever grateful for the few friends who have been with me for an extended time and I look forward to making new friends and cultivating those relationships.

5.    (Bonus) The attitude of gratitude creates a space of abundance in my heart. If fuels me with the belief that the Universe is continuously expanding so I should be seeking opportunities to expand my life in ways that contribute to the well-being of others.

Thank you for traveling this journey with me. The success of this series would not have been possible had it not been for readers like you. There are a few days left before the series ends however from the comments and emails that I’ve received, I believe the #FeelingGrateful series have awakened many of you to the power of gratitude and the benefits that come with a daily practice of gratitude.

Grateful Heart

Jackie Capers-Brown
Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish
Author, Get Unstuck Now
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#FeelingGrateful by Tamara Canzater

Tamara is a wife, mother, friend, daughter, entrepreneur and community activist. She became an entrepreneur in 2006 when she decided to create a business from her passion for cooking. She started a family run catering business called Creative Cooking.

On October 21, 2013 she started a non-profit called Woman to Woman Entrepreneurs' Association with the goal of empowering women entrepreneurs by offering networking opportunities that provide them with valuable resources, education and support.

On October 21, 2014 the City of Columbia recognized Tamara and Woman to Woman Entrepreneurs' Association with a proclamation for the efforts she and her organization have demonstrated toward promoting and supporting women entrepreneurs.  The City of Columbia declared October 21, 2014 as Woman to Woman Entrepreneurs' Association Day in Columbia SC. 

Tamara feels that her experiences have given her a purpose for her journey. She aims to continue to promote, support, and bring awareness to women owned businesses and entrepreneurs and the value they bring to the marketplace. She shares the following words of wisdom to all women in business or considering going into business: Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It.

For additional information about Tamara, visit her websites: http://www.womantowomanentrepreneurs.com

Here are a few reasons why Tamara Canzater is #FeelingGrateful…

1.     I'll never be stop being grateful for... my husband and children.  They have always been believers in me and all that I do.  
2.   My favorite way to say thank you is:  through prayer for all my wonderful blessings and by paying it forward.

3.   The best thank you I've received was … from the City of Columbia on October 21, 2014.

4.   When I was a kid, I didn't realize how grateful I should have been for … God’s favor.

5.    (Bonus) The attitude of gratitude helps me to … be thankful for every moment I have with my husband, children, and people in my network. Gratitude inspires me to believe that all things are possible. It inspires me to find ways to encourage others each day.

I’m so grateful that Tamara Canzater raised her hand and decided to be a part of The Feeling Grateful Blog Series. Tamara’s sincere appreciation for her present blessings is expanding her influence in the Columbia area while increasing the success of women entrepreneurs.

Last but not least, thank you for taking time to read this post. Embracing the power of gratitude for all that  is going well in your life right now creates more space for more good stuff in your life.

Grateful Heart,

Jackie Capers-Brown
Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish
Author, Get Unstuck Now

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#Feeling Grateful by Tamara L. Dean

Tamara L. Dean is the visionary for PrayHers. PrayHers is a mindset that positions women to give birth to their dreams by sowing their gifts, talents, and prayers into the dreams of other women. 
Tamara believes, “When women of faith come together with a sincere heart before God, praying one for another, we access more power to give birth to our dreams."

It is Tamara's passion to help women across cultural lines fulfill their God-given assignment. Instead of preying on each other's accomplishments, Tamara encourages women to pray for each other's success.  This idea birthed the brand, PrayHers. Tamara believes that as you sow into HERS you will reap YOURS.
Tamara is touching the hearts of many with her new book, PrayHers 31-Day Challenge - In Hers is Yours. "This is a book that demonstrates how rewarding it can be to pray other women out of the pit and into their rightful place of authority and blessings."
Tamara L. Dean is a graduate of Central Michigan University.  She and her husband Freddy Dean live in Dallas, Texas with their daughter, Destiny.

Here are a few reasons why Tamara’s #FeelingGrateful…

1.     I'll never stop being grateful for...LIFE, and the use of my limbs. I know it might sound menial, but I don’t take it for granted, or lightly that I can wake up each morning and brush my own teeth, get dress, and fix my own meals. All which make life easier and more rewarding. I think many of us take for granted our health until we are robbed of it. When arthritis took over my grandmother’s body leaving her bedridden, and no longer able to even bath her own body, she would often talk about how she wished she could go in the kitchen and cook a simple meal. She spoke of it with such aspiration and longing.  She truly enjoyed cooking, so for her it was something she took for granted, and perhaps that is the reason why I try not to.

2.   I will never stop being grateful for the privilege of being a mother. To be the conduit of another being is phenomenal! I value my child’s life and her time here on this earth. I don’t take for granted that I can wake up and see her smiling face, or hear her 8 yr. old voice, say, “Good morning mommy.” When I hear of mothers who had to endure the tragic loss of a child; it breaks my heart and help me to look into my daughter’s eye and value every moment.

And of course, last but definitely not least, I am eternally grateful for Jesus Christ. He gave His life for me. Without Him I am nothing, but with Him I can do ALL things!

3.   My favorite way to say thank you is...I love when I can thank you with a gift. It brings me great joy to express my appreciation by being a blessing.

4.   The best thank you I receive happens … when someone tells me that something I did, or said has made a significant difference in their life, I am grateful. Their words of encouragements, or motivational thank-you are the best, because they challenge you to continue doing what you are doing, and it’s a way of assuring you that what you are doing is not in vain.   

5.    When I was a kid, I didn't realize how grateful I should have been for...growing up in a household with both parents present. Although, mom and dad had a lot of rocky days, they stuck it out for 27 years until my dad passed away. I thought my dad was mean, and I couldn’t understand why a woman as nice as my mom could hook up with a grouch like my dad (lol.) Now that my dad is gone, and I am older, I am ever so grateful for who he was. I understand now that he was trying to instill ethics and responsibility into us.  Today, I can’t help but wonder what kind of advice he would have to offer me.

6.   (Bonus) The attitude of gratitude helps me... stay appreciative, focused, and out of bitterness. It can always be worse.

I am so grateful for Tamara for participating in the #FeelingGrateful Blog Series. Her passionate work demonstrates gratitude towards all of the people that she serves.

And last but not least,  I’m grateful for you taking time out of your schedule to read the #FeelingGrateful Blog Series. This series have added so much to my life as I read the comments on various posts and how they are reminding readers like you to embrace the power of gratitude in their everyday life.

Grateful Heart


Jackie Capers-Brown
Founder, Grow Forward & Flourish
Author, Get Unstuck Now

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Day 24 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: How Can I Give Thanks When I Don't Feel Grateful? Overcoming Five Obstacles to Appreciating Life by Stephen Russell-Lacy

Research on gratitude summarised by Dr Robert Emmons has been conducted on thousands of people around the world. Those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who don't practice gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

The trouble is, you might doubt whether it is possible to cultivate a grateful attitude when you feel anything but thankful? Five obstacles stand in the way to better appreciating the good things in life.

1. Lack of time for reflection

However busy you are e.g. seeing to the kids, earning a living, doing all the practical chores, chasing your tail, it is surely possible to create a little time just once a week to recall some good things you have experienced, and put pen to paper to focus your mind.

2. Unrealistic expectation

Instead of feeling disappointed about big things not happening for you, why not start noticing the small things that you can be more appreciative of, like the perfect parking spot you had on a cold day, the unexpected pound coins you found in your pocket and the pleasant act of courtesy from someone you don't really know. Try not to take for granted the good things you have got.

"He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus

3. Lack of action

Rather than trying and then failing to feel thankful, you could try speaking words of thanks out loud -- whether to a friend, the person who you wish you could thank or in prayer to your idea of God. Saying or doing something can focus on and thus develop that fleeting feeling. One possibility is to write notes to your family and friends to express your gratitude even for small favours. Religious people share a thankful prayer of grace before a meal.

4. Believing you have nothing to be grateful for

Another way is to stop and use your imagination. If you were to pretend to yourself that you have lost some of the things that you take for granted, such as your home, your car, your ability to walk, or anything that currently gives you comfort, you could in your mind's eye then picture getting each of these things back, one by one: consider how grateful you would be for each and every one.

Similarly, you might ask yourself to what extent you notice the precious things around? Things like the beauty in nature, the goodness in altruistic action, the innocent sphere of a baby.

The spiritual writer Roger Walsh has pointed out that this blindness to the sacred in the world, in others and in oneself, is particularly dramatic in modern Western culture, largely due to the influence of science. I feel we are so bombarded by the scientific description of the universe as a great meaningless machine and the account of evolution as a random series of events, that these views can easily be seen to be the natural and only way of looking at things. Are we not in danger of living in a disenchanted world seemingly stripped of significance, spirit and purpose? To appreciate and give thanks for the sacred requires an additional way of knowing to the one scientists use. A perception of the soul.

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

5. Negative feelings

Some opposing feelings are incompatible. For example you either resent someone or feel appreciation for them. You can't be both angry and thankful at the same time or both envious and grateful. The negative feeling is incompatible with the positive one. One tip I find helpful, is to first tackle the negative. Rather than sweeping a serious problem under the carpet, address it openly by expressing and resolving feelings of anger with the other person. Then you can make a conscious choice about which way you are going to turn. You either can nurse your hurts or look for their good points.

In their book Rise Above It, Ray and Star Silverman say that, in giving thanks for our parents, we are also giving thanks to the divine source of all that is good in life. However, there is a danger that we might cling to childhood wounds, however real or imagined, like sacred scars. If so, they will discolour and distort our attitudes to other people and the experience of life itself. If we have seen anger in our parents we might ask ourselves whether this can be re-seen as determination, or a great concern for our welfare. Perhaps stubbornness or inflexibility should be re-seen as strength or conviction. In other words you can be a sort of tv remote control and change mind channels at will: the negative or the positive news channel.

Swedenborgian view

Emanuel Swedenborg the spiritual philosopher used the "as if " phrase. He wrote that anything what is good within us is usually felt as if it is our own. However, he maintains that this is a necessary illusion for the sake of our sense of inner freedom of personal choice. Actually when the religious minded person comes to think about it, he or she acknowledges that all good things come from the source of goodness itself rather than from ones own merit. And so it is to this Source that one gives thanks. According to this view, even a thankful heart -- which counts one's blessings -- is a spiritual gift that one can receive.

I praise the Lord here today. I know that all my talent and all my ability comes from him, and without him I'm nothing and I thank him for his great blessing. (Ernie Harwell)

Copyright 2013 Stephen Russell-Lacy

As a clinical psychologist, Stephen Russell-Lacy has specialised in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy, working for many years with adults suffering distress and disturbance.

He edits Spiritual Questions a free eZine that explores links between spiritual philosophy and the comments and questions of spiritual seekers. You can share your views and find out more about feeling good, personal well-being & spiritual healing

His book Heart, Head and Hands draws links between the psycho-spiritual teachings of the eighteenth century spiritual philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg and current ideas in therapy and psychology.

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Day 23 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: The Attitude of Gratitude and How to Cultivate a Grateful Heart by Brenda Blindenbach

I was contemplating on how to cultivate a grateful heart and having the attitude of gratitude this morning and it stirred up the memory of a wonderful song of praise called Give Thanks with a grateful heart that I used to sing years ago. My musings caused me to realise that the way to cultivate a grateful heart starts with self reflection and contemplating on what one is grateful for.

It made me think of this saying by Albert Einstein "A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the measure as I have received and am still receiving."

Dietrich Bonheoffer had this to say "In ordinary life we hardly realise that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. It is very easy to overestimate the importance of our achievements in comparison with what we owe others."

Niakan is a form of the Japanese art of self reflection which translates as "inside observation," or "seeing ones self through the minds eye." Greg Krech author of Niakan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of self expression is one of the leading authorities in Niakan in the USA and has a lot to say about this form of self reflection.

When we focus our attention on our behaviour in our relationship with parents, siblings, friends, partners, co-workers and neighbours, it encourages us to accept the circumstances of life rather than getting stuck in our feelings about them.

The self reflection is established on three questions that you ask yourself. It has to do with your relationship to your partner, parents, siblings, children and friends.

1. What did I receive from others today__________?
2. What did I give to others today __________?
3. What troubles and difficulties did I cause others today __________?

Looking at the first of the three questions; a friend could have invited you out to lunch, or that you received a long awaited letter from a member of your family. Often we do not pay any attention to these small things and take them for granted. We tend to notice only the blocks and problems that are in front of us. Instead by giving attention to those little blessings we can be strengthened by the support that comes our way.

The second self reflection question is what have I given to others today? This could be helping your children with their homework, doing some volunteer work in your community, coaching a baseball team. Reflecting on this question gives you a conscious realisation of the contribution that you have given to others.

The third question can be a bit of a challenge. We are quick to observe when others are late and have kept us waiting, or getting impatient because the person is taking longer than usual in the line up at the bank, yet we are not even consciously aware when we may be the source of a problem. Somehow when it comes to us, we think it was not such a big deal or we justify the act with some excuse.

However we need to take a serious look at the last of these three questions. It takes courage and a willingness to look at ourselves with truth and honesty. The upside of taking time for self reflection is that is that we start to live with awareness and on purpose.

Self reflection on these three questions is one of the best ways that I know of to cultivate a grateful heart. It generating in us a feeling of gratitude which arouses the desire to give something back not out of obligation but because we are overflowing with a grateful heart for all the support and love that we have received from others.

Brenda Blindenbach the Possibilities DNA Expert enables you to shift limiting conscious and subconscious beliefs. Claim your free bi-weekly newsletter & access to the audio file "Do You Understand The Laws Of The Universe" by visiting our website & blog at PeacefulInterlude.com

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Day 22 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: Living in a State of Gratitude Can Transform Your Life by Mel Lutterman

I was raised with good values and have considered myself a grateful person. However, several years ago I began contemplating what it means to live in a state of gratitude. By discovering what it means to me, I have evolved into a calmer, more positive, and happier person.

I began practicing the state of gratitude by making a list of the things for which I am grateful. I started and ended each day in gratitude. In the morning I said, "I am grateful for this day and all the gifts and opportunities it brings." In the evening I said, "I am grateful for (something that happened during the day, like a gift, a lesson, an opportunity, a lovely quiet day, etc.) and look forward to a great day tomorrow." Then I began to extend this gratitude throughout the day. For instance, this very moment I can hear the birds singing right outside the window and I am grateful for the ability to hear their beautiful music. So living in a state of gratitude is being consciously aware of all the things around you for which you are grateful. Perhaps, it is a beautiful sunrise, sunset, nature, a pet, friend, spouse, child, parent, and the list continues.

When I am feeling a bit out of sorts, I turn my focus to one or more of the many things for which I am grateful and it typically brings me right back in alignment. In this case, alignment means the person I want to be.

Grateful for Challenges

It is so easy to get caught up in all the challenges we face in our life. Perhaps you know someone who tends to focus on all the things that appear to go wrong in their life. I wonder what would be possible for them if they stopped focusing on the negative and became grateful for their challenges.

Many years ago, during the darkest times in my life I would look up to the heavens and say, "Why me Lord." Then one day I heard, "Why not you?" From that day on I have been practicing my focus on the gifts, discoveries, or opportunities the challenge will bring. There have been times when my challenge has given someone else an opportunity. I would guess that most research and product development has come from someone's challenge. Consider some of your past challenges and how they may have affected your, or someone's life in a positive way. Perhaps you met someone wonderful that you may not have met otherwise. Perhaps you learned something new about yourself or someone else.

As an example: My father became very ill and needed to be in the hospital. My husband Jon and I begged him to let us call an ambulance. His answer was, "No." I had always been a bit timid around him since he ruled the roost and was also a very proud man. Therefore, when he said no that was typically the end of the discussion. However, we knew his condition was serious so we endured many painful hours of trying to change his mind before he allowed us to make the call. After his admission into the hospital and his doctor's examination, I was informed that my father would never go home. He died a few weeks later. I will not go into the horrendous and challenging details of this experience in this article. I will save it for another day. Suffice to say that it was a very difficult time for me and yet I discovered an inner strength that was previously unknown to me. This experience was full of lessons, opportunities, and many gifts. The most treasured gift is that my husband Jon and brother Gary were a big support and we formed a tremendous bond.

Grateful For My Independence

My brother Gary and I visit my beautiful sister-in-law, Merilee every week. She lives in a full care nursing facility. She experiences Diabetes, Alzheimers, and Arthritis throughout her body. She has been experiencing an uncontrollable sugar level and many 911 seizures since she was a teenager, which has really taxed her body. She is confined to either bed or wheel chair because she is unable to walk, feed herself, and take care of her basic needs. Additionally, she is unable to wheel herself and relies on others for assistance. Yet, with the assistance of a nurse's aide, she gets dressed every day, participates in some activities, and eats in the cafeteria.

In the activities room, Gary and I have enjoyed participating with the residents in bingo, trivial pursuit, exercise, musical events, and sharing stories. It is rewarding to us and appreciated by them. We never really know what will come into our life. Dependent living circumstances can happen at any age. These weekly visits keep me living in a state of gratitude for my independence, and health.

Grateful For My Five Senses and the Experiences They Bring

  • To see all the colors of the rainbow, people, animals, nature, etc.
  • To hear nature's music through birds singing, a squirrel's raspy bark, the wind, a baby's laughter (which for me is the most beautiful sound in the world), and most importantly hear someone say, "I love you."
  • To taste the goodness of nature's bounty.
  • To smell the uniqueness of everything.
  • To feel the texture, warmth, or coolness, of everything I touch

Grateful For My Family

  • Teaching me humor, for I believe this is one of the greatest assets to have.
  • Teaching me about love, kindness, humility
  • Supporting my dreams.

Grateful For Our Home

I am so very grateful for our home, clean water, food, jobs, modern conveniences, cars, warm bed, and more. Growing up I took all these things for granted. Yet even in this age of great advancement there are still people who live without clean water and indoor plumbing.

Grateful For My Friends

I have been blessed with amazing people in my life. I value their friendship and consider them a part of my family.

Of coarse the lists above are just a few of the many things for which I am grateful.

In the global meditation BLISScipline, gratitude is one of the focuses. One day there was a woman that spoke up at the end of the meditation and said, "I am so devastated from the death of my friend, I am having a difficult time finding anything to be grateful for." I was stunned by the massive pain that blocked this loving woman from experiencing gratitude. If you are challenged by creating your own gratitude list, consider starting small. Perhaps it is your senses, a part of your body, talents, gifts, a good friend or family member. Perhaps it is the computer or paper that allows you to read this article, your shoes, the chair that you are sitting on, etc.

For me, focusing on gratitude chases away feelings of unhappiness, disappointment, anger, etc. The next time you feel angry or sad, I invite you to focus on some things for which you are grateful and notice what happens. If you haven't already, consider all the things for which you are grateful and begin listing them on paper or computer. There is something powerful about writing out a list. Some people find it useful to keep a daily gratitude journal. Then, when an unwanted mood strikes, there is beautiful reminder written in your own words that may lift your consciousness to the state of gratitude.

I look at my gratitude list and consider each thing a blessing. I believe that the state of being in gratitude is one of the most (if not the most) important keys to a happy life.

What does gratitude mean to you? What are you grateful for in this very moment and why are you grateful for it?

In Loving Support of Your Ideal Life,

Mel is a Certified Professional Life Coach, creator of ValuableYou Life Coaching, BLISScipline Meditation Leader, and specializes in Guided Imagery. A recording of the BLISScipline Meditation, lead by Mel, is available for free at her website: http://www.valuableyou.com, click, "About Mel", then click on the mp3 icon in the middle of the page.

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Day 21 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: The Secret of Gratitude for Business Today by Lori Saitz

Economic times being what they are, business people are leaving no rock unturned in search of revenue generating ideas. While the days of lavish parties and expensive junkets may be over, there is one very simple, inexpensive way to increase revenue. It's a tactic that's been around since the beginning of time, but only the smartest of businesses have used it to its full advantage.

Would you believe me if I said it's the power of a simple "thank you"? Not kidding! Gratitude is THE key to success. Whether you're showing appreciation to the clients you already have in the roster or pursuing new projects, the simple act of saying "hey, we're happy to work with you and are grateful for your business," has always been extremely powerful.

Just last week, I got a phone call from an ecstatic client who used gratitude to persuade. His $32.00 investment in a potential client turned into a $25,000 job. Where else are you getting those kind of returns these days?

When was the last time you got a "thank you" from a place where you're the customer? How long are you having to think about that question to come up with an answer? Okay, let's turn the table. When was the last time you said thank you to one of your customers? If it was more than 30 days ago, it's been too long.

California Contractor Earns Repeat Business and Referrals From Customer

My husband and I had been through several contractors for house repair. We endured nightmarish projects and even some unpleasant arguments with contractors about said work to be done. Could my husband and I really be that awful to work with? We sure felt that way. We were stunned and delighted when we found a contractor who not only showed up on time, did what they said they would do, but who also said "thank you" to us for being such great clients! The thank you was a personal one, meant just for us, not the mass-produced mailer version. They highlighted the reasons why they appreciated having us as a client. And, because of their obvious sincerity, it meant more. It also meant a lot for the contracting business. We use them exclusively now and refer them every chance we get. - Sara Becker, homeowner

Aside from being good manners, the reason acts of gratitude can, as the title of Dale Carnegie's 1936 best seller proposed, Win Friends and Influence People, is that it is a giant differentiating factor. Although so simple, relatively few businesses actually use appreciation as a way to stand out from their competition. Even in today's business climate, customers are not necessarily looking for the cheapest option. They are looking for the best value. And value includes how they are treated.

The unstated benefit of a thank-you is the feeling you give to others. Plenty of business people think that their clients make decisions based solely on practical, logical factors. NO ONE makes decisions without incorporating emotional factors as well. As humans, it's virtually impossible to do so. Which means that how you treat your clients, how your clients feel about working with you, whether they are buying for individual consumption or on behalf of their business, is of the utmost importance.

So if you could use appreciation as the powerful and influential tool that it is, and it actually increased your business, why in the world would you NOT take advantage?

Saying thanks and giving thanks cannot be underestimated. And should not be underdone. The power of a sincere "thanks" cannot be measured. But without saying "thank you," you should be willing to forgo two more powerful words: repeat business.

Take time to show appreciation for those who support your success and not only will they feel special and valuable, so will you!

Lori Saitz is a customer service expert as well as the founder and chief executive rabbit of Zen Rabbit Baking Company. She shares happiness by helping business people show appreciation for and give recognition to customers and employees with The Gratitude Cookie™. With an understanding of the value of creating strong connections and experiences, she supports clients in increasing customer loyalty, referrals and profits. Connect with Lori at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lorisaitz or http://www.ZenRabbitCookies.com and sign up to receive weekly Gratuities-Tips on Bringing More Joy to Your Life.

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Day 20 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: 5 Gifts from the Power of Gratitude by Janie Behr

The following thoughts lower your vibration and feed the fear that grows inside you.  Napoleon Hill describes what happens to the human soul in the presence of fear. Fear paralyzes the faculty of reason, destroys the faculty of imagination, kills off self-reliance, undermines enthusiasm, discourages initiative, leads to uncertainty of purpose, encourages procrastination, wipes out enthusiasm and makes self-control an impossibility. It takes the charm from one's personality, destroys the possibility of accurate thinking, diverts concentration of effort, it masters persistence, turns the will-power into nothingness, destroys ambition, beclouds the memory and invites failure in every conceivable form; it kills love and assassinates the finer emotions of the heart, discourages friendship and invites disaster in a hundred forms, leads to sleeplessness, misery and un-happiness-and all this despite the obvious truth that we live in a world of over-abundance of everything the heart could desire, with nothing standing between us and our desires.

  • Gratitude is the very best antidote to fear.              
  • Attitude breeds creativity, encourages imagination & self reliance, strengthens enthusiasm, brings to life initiative, leads to definiteness of purpose, eliminates procrastination, and anchors the soul in self-control.
  • A grateful person is charming, a clear thinker, more focused, persistent, ambitious, pursuing success with the finest of the hearts emotions.
  • Gratitude gives birth to love, encourages friendship and looks for opportunity.
  • Gratitude is peaceful and restful; attracts and makes room for the abundance that our heart desires. Gratitude gives birth to miracles.

The choice is yours. The time is now. If you are truly serious about discovering the true power of gratitude you must trust the simplicity of it.

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Janie Behr is a qualified life coach specializing in helping people find their purpose, achieve their goals, and explore all the possibilities that life has to offer. She is available for private individual coaching, group coaching and public speaking engagements. She runs frequent teleseminars dedicated to helping people find and live their most positive lives! For more information please visit http://www.jblifecoach.com

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