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Increasing Your Gratitude For a Happy Life

Audrey's passion for connecting with nature is magnified in her self-help writings and poetry.

I'm grateful for Mother Earth

I'm grateful for Mother Earth

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward

An Attitude Adjustment

It was one of those weeks where everyday something went wrong. Regardless of how hard I tried to stay positive, I just couldn't seem to find my usual comfort zone. Even meditation, positive affirmations, or a big bowl of ice cream sprinkled with a few sunflower seeds and a dollop of whipped cream, didn't seem to help. I was determined to find a way to bring myself out of this dark place and back into the light.

I remember reading somewhere "change your thinking, change your life". In order to follow such wise counsel, I began to make a list of everything I was grateful for. In no time my attitude began to change.

How Do You Define Your Wealth

I am not rich, but I am wealthy. My wealth is my family, friends, good health, nutritious food and a warm bed. If you are reading this to learn how to become wealthy in terms of material possessions and a huge bank account you won't find it here. But if you'd like to find less stress and more peace in your life you've come to the right place.

Begin with being grateful. This is the first step to enjoying life. When you add daily positive affirmations along with your gratitude list, just watch what happens!

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say "thank you?" -William A. Ward

4 Ways to Express Gratitude

One can express gratitude in different ways:

  • Go for a walk
  • Take a 'gratitude break' at the workplace. Allow your mind to focus on those things you take for granted: Breathing, seeing, smelling, hearing, feeling.
  • Mentally make a list of three things you are grateful for during a nice warm shower or bath.
  • Say 'thank you' more often to show gratitude.

Choose one of your favorite places to begin your list. Whether it's at the beach, under a shady tree at the nearby park, surround yourself with nature's finest. If you select the computer, make your list special by creating a word document. I like to place a lovely, peaceful, image at the beginning of my list to bring me a sense of peace and comfort such as a sunset or the ocean.

This list is your special creation. You can design this list any way you wish. You may prefer to get nice and comfy on the sofa with a lite throw and big soft pillows. With soft, relaxing music in the background, pen and tablet at hand, you are ready to begin your gratitude list.

My Personal Gratitude List

I am grateful for::

  • My Father in Heaven
  • Life itself
  • Family
  • Being loved
  • Loving others
  • Grandchildren
  • Health
  • My pets
  • Laughter
  • Great neighbors
  • My home
  • A beautiful area to live and grow in
  • Freedom
  • Music
  • My talents and gifts
  • Myself
  • Knowledge
  • The mistakes I've made
  • Forgiveness
  • Books
  • My Heavenly Father
  • Sleep
  • Memories
  • Hugs
  • My vehicle
  • Food and water
  • Friendships
  • Tears
  • Feelings
  • Touch
  • My Doctor
  • Safety
  • Prayer
  • Nature in all its varieties and forms
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Sight
  • Pain
  • YOU!

My Five Steps to Physical and Mental Well Being

  • First, I set the mood by filling the room or area with soft, sweet, music.
  • Next, I engaged in some deep diaphragmatic breathing as I focus on each breath in preparation for releasing gratitude.
  • Visualizing each individual blessing, I continue to focus on my breathing.
  • I follow with ice cold purified water with orange slices. (The ice cold water keeps the mind alert). If you prefer, hot green tea (peppermint) may be a good choice as well.
  • The idea is to be comfortable and totally relaxed. The deep breathing helps to focus and bring more oxygen to the brain.

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.” -Albert Schweitzer

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 27, 2020:

Peggy,

Sometimes we get so caught up in everyday stuff, it's easy to forget all that we are blessed with. Especially during these difficult times. Thank you, Peggy, and stay safe.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 27, 2020:

Yours are wise words showing everyone that we have many things for which to be grateful.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 03, 2020:

Umesh

Thank you for being here. I appreciate your comments. Have a blessed day.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 01, 2020:

Very motivating and interesting.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2012:

glowingrocks - Your comments are welcomed. Giving thanks for how much or how little we have opens the door for more. I've witnessed this first hand. Thank you for being here.

@Faithdream - You are a blessing to me as well. Please feel free to copy any or all of the tips you like. We all need to remind ourselves to be greatful everyday, especially when times are tough. Thank you!

@Audrey Howitt - Hi Audrey. I always want to "sing" when I see you at my hub house. And BTW, I am greatful for you!

@Laurinzo Scott - Your words have touched my heart. For me to be told that my very hub is a blessing to you is so much more than I deserve. Thank you for being here and sharing your thoughts!

LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on June 09, 2012:

Incredible hub, and what a wonderful life lesson. It is a blessing to acknowledge your ups. even the things we somehow see as tragic, there is something to gain from every experience... you have shared something co close to your heart, and now I have another thing to thank God for. truly a blessing (this hub)

Audrey Howitt from California on March 14, 2012:

So important to feel gratitude everyday! Thank you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 26, 2011:

Thanks so much Peg. Your comments are beautiful. When ever I start to complain about my own aches and pains, I stop to think about how blessed I am that I can even feel them. I always find someone else worse of than myself. Glad you liked the video as it is one of my favorites.

Just finished a new hub about "butter beans" and I took 2 of the photos myself and would like you to take a quick look at them. They are not very good, but give me enough time and I will improve :) Thank you.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 26, 2011:

Every day is a blessing and you are so right about the things on your list. I'll add to it the ability to walk and to see as two of my friends have difficulty with these seemingly normal functions as they move further into their nineties. We have so much to be thankful for everyday.

I listened to the beautiful vocal you added here from Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. Perfect touch while reading this uplifting article.

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on June 02, 2011:

I love this vocalcoach. What a great idea for an article as well. Thank you for sharing your gratitude list. You are a blessing here on HubPages & I'm grateful to you.

Thanks and Have a Blessed day!

PS. Can I copy some of those on your list? Sometimes I forget how many blessings I truly have. Your list reminds me of what I am grateful for as well.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 28, 2011:

Song-Bird - How true, how true! Especially during these trying times and the mess the world is in...it is more helpful than ever to take a minute and count our blessings. You, are added to my list. :)vocalcoach

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 20, 2011:

Support Med. - I understand...I truly do. But think about this...you have a good and active mind that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings. That in and of itself, is alot to be thankful for. You are wealthy in that department. And I am wealthier too, for knowing you!

glowingrocks - What you have added is golden truth. I thank you for that. It is, indeed a free gift. Blessings to you and thank you.

glowingrocks from New York on March 20, 2011:

Great writ here my dear!:)Thanks for sharing.This wealth you speak of is free,one only needs to accept and acknowledge and embrace it.

Support Med. from Michigan on March 15, 2011:

A wealth of information here. Especially being grateful when what you have seems like nothing. v/r

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 07, 2011:

You may reconsider after you have had to hear some of my singing:-)

See's Chocolates! Where?? Chocolate is one of my weaknesses but also a great love. Ummmm.....but if we each only ate half of the box? Haha!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 07, 2011:

...well, my precious one, I would consider being your neighbor the best of all gifts. We may even stir up a little girl trouble once in a while, like eating a complete box of See's chocolates!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 04, 2011:

I wish I could be your darn neighbor:-). You are really what it's all about. Sharing laughter, kind, wishes, inspiring thoughts - up awesome and outaasite:-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 21, 2011:

Fossillady - well, I am certainly grateful for you! Now I have one more thing to add to my gratitude list. You!

I think it is marvelous that you practice being grateful.

And I am impressed at how much you loved the video. It is one of my favorites and I am always touched by it...as I am with your comments. Joy and love to you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 19, 2011:

MyMastiffPuppies - You are right on target! We do tend to forget how wealthy we really are. I am, for example, grateful to you, my new friend. You are supportive, creative and talented. I thank you so much!

MyMastiffPuppies on February 15, 2011:

What a beautiful expression of the wealth you have in your life. We all need to take pause to make our "gratitude list". Sometimes it is right in front of us and until we say it out loud or write it down, we often forget or overlook our blessings. Thanks for sharing, voted up, useful, beautiful and awesome...

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 14, 2011:

jantayama - Oh, thank you for being here. It is a pleasure to have you leave me a comment I love your writing!

Kathi from Saugatuck Michigan on February 14, 2011:

It's like you're right inside my head and heart, cause you are,we're all connected with the universe. Having true gratitude was a growing up step for me,but not until my 50's. Oh my! Haven't written my gratitudes down on paper, but after reading your hub, that's what I intend to do.

PS. that duet was the most beautiful I've ever, ever heard! It made me cry! I am grateful for you being who you are!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 10, 2011:

Dearest Denise...Oh, thank you...that is so nice of you!

You are a rare and giving friend, and one of my greatest blessings. Peace and love!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 08, 2011:

Dear amybradley - I have had many extremely wealthy friends in my life. Most of them are miserable. They worry about their finances constantly. It is true, that money does not buy happiness. Gratitude does. Thanks for your very good comments, full of wisdom. vocalcoach.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on February 06, 2011:

Beautiful, Audrey. If you don't mind, I'm going to edit my Thanksgiving hub about blessings and gratitude and link it to this one...

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 01, 2011:

Richtwf - One thing I have learned is this. If we spend our time being grateful, there is no time left for worry, stress, depression and other negative enfluences. And dear friend...I am so grateful for you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 01, 2011:

dallas93444 - You make an excellent point - "Your "richness" is one that cannot be taken away, or "lost." You have the sole discretion to keep and maintain your "riches..."

Thank you for sharing this and adding to my article. I appreciate the vote.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 01, 2011:

fucsia - Thank you for sharing your beautiful story about the pebble in your shoe. I will always remember your gratitude experience. You took something that could have been an irritation and turned it into a blessing. Magnificent! Peace and love to you, my sister.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 31, 2011:

Ashatina - I'm so pleased that you read my hub and practice gratitude in you daily life. It is a joy to meet you...I have a feeling we have much in common and I look forward to reading more of your articles. Peace!

amybradley on January 31, 2011:

This is something I think all of us need to do much more and more often then we actually do. Whenever I stop to think of all I have been given and blessed with in this life, I feel so much less angry or sad about the things I feel I did not have. Doing this simple thing really does make you "feel" inside a richer human than some with lots of actual money wealth may even feel at times, thanks so very much for sharing this here with us, inspiring stuff!! A.B.

Renee Hanlon from Michigan on January 30, 2011:

What a wonderful hub! It really keeps things in perspective when you count your blessings. I always find this to be very helpful when things may not be going so well. Once you list or just think of all the positives, you become uplifted.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 29, 2011:

ReggieD06 - Thank you very much for reading and commenting on my latest hub. When I receive comments like this, from YOU, I am honored. I feel good! :)

onrea from Rochester, NY on January 29, 2011:

Once again very nice! Positive affirmations sure do accumilate in our mind and build a wealth of FAITH! With faith, anything is possible. Nice hub!

Maria Janta-Cooper from UK on January 28, 2011:

I'm grateful for your hub and for knowing you Vocalcoach :-).

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 28, 2011:

Fiddleman - I can see that you are filled with gratitude and therefore an example for all to follow. Thank you Fiddleman!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 28, 2011:

cwarden - So very nice to read your comments. You are right - there is always something to be grateful for. And I am grateful for you cwarden! :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 28, 2011:

breakfastpop - Good morning pop. :) What a great way to start my day. (reading a comment by you). You always find the best in my hubs and it is a motivating force for me. Thank you. I lift my cup of coffee to you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 27, 2011:

Carrie 450 - Thanks to you, beautiful lady for the lovely comments. I am grateful to you! :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 27, 2011:

Hmrjmr1 - I love the way you wake up with gratitude. A healthy attitude and one we should all follow. You are such a positive person. Inspiring! Thanks for the lovely comments and much joy to you!

TheListLady from New York City on January 27, 2011:

Yes, I am back because I sent my gratitude partner my gratitude list and within 24 hours she sent me her list. Wonderful. It felt like a weight was lifted and I am so much more productive today - yay! And thanks again!

cwarden from USA on January 26, 2011:

I am grateful that I was able to read your inspiring hub today! We always have something to be truly grateful for. :) Thanks for reminding me!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 26, 2011:

Micky - I REALLY know you. I have come to know the true Micky through his admirable articles here on HP. You write with your heart and the heart reveals integrity, insite and wisdom. You support all of us here in our HP family. YOU....are love!!!

Micky Dee on January 25, 2011:

Oh my gosh my dear vc! VC(?). I'd better stick with vocalcoach! Oh my dear vocalcoach! If only people who really knew me felt this way! God bless you dear one!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 25, 2011:

Hello - How very true! You are a wise and beautiful lady.

Your fan and friend, vocalcoach :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 25, 2011:

Hello my Micky :)- You are so kind. I always appreciate your support and you should see me "light up" when I get a message from you. Stay well and remember who loves 'ya baby! :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 25, 2011:

thelistlady = Fantastic! An excellent idea - a gratitude partner. And you just watch what happens. In no time, extra cash will come your way. Gratitude unblocks whatever is in the way for the cash flow. I am thrilled that this has helped you. What a sweetie you are! :)

TheListLady from New York City on January 25, 2011:

Thanks because this is a good pep talk for me and a reminder. I keep thinking about what I don't have right now - like a certain amount of needed cash. But I have sooooo much to be grateful for - I mean it. It is overwhelming.

But the negative gets in the way and consumes. So what I am going to do now is send an email to my gratitude partner. We used to regularly send each other a list of ten things to be grateful for then forgot. It's been months.

I'm alive again - yay! And grateful - for your hub. Rated up!

Micky Dee on January 25, 2011:

Very beautiful vocalcoach! Thank you dear! God bless you dear one!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 25, 2011:

No money doesn't bring happiness. That is something you got to find yourself. Well writtenhub.

richtwf on January 24, 2011:

A beautiful hub filled plentifully with wonderful reasons to be grateful. A great reminder to help us to remember to appreciate what we all have in our lives.

Thanks my friend for sharing and God bless you.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on January 24, 2011:

Awesome and flagup! Your "richness" is one that cannot be taken away, or "lost." You have the sole discretion to keep and maintain your "riches..."

fucsia on January 24, 2011:

I like this Hub! Some months ago I found a pebble in my shoe. It had not given me any nuisance, I saw it only when I removed the shoe. Now this pebble is under my mirror in bathroom. Every time I look me, I see it. And every time I see it I remember to be greatful for something. It is not my idea but I was inspired by the movie "the secret". For me is a useful way to not forget all the beatiful thing there are in my life! Thanks for sharing your list!

Ashantina on January 24, 2011:

As I was reading this it was like you'd penned my own thoughts and way of living.. It truly is life changing when you become grateful for ALL of the abundance in your life.

Thank you for sharing.. I am always grateful to meet positive people such as yourself :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 24, 2011:

drbj - What a magnificent way to start my day! Your comments are my fuel...you have also added an important point here with how we lose appreciation as we get older.

My Clancey is holding a baby's "binkie" in his mouth. Can you believe that? My friends baby dropped it's binkie and Clancey picked it up and claimed it for himself! :)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 24, 2011:

Lovely, beautiful, inspiring - I'm describing the photo of you hugging a tree. Oh, yes, your hub is that, too. Appreciating what they have is a mindset people often lose as they grow older. Thanks for reminding us, Audrey, in such a lovely way.

BTW, Is that a doggie toy that Clancey is holding in his mouth in that photo? He is a cutie. :)

ReggieD06 on January 24, 2011:

Vocalcoach,

These heartfelt hubs from you are always inspiring. Thank you for a great start to my day!

Reggie D.

Fiddleman on January 24, 2011:

Homerun!!! Great hub and it's not rocket science. Voting up. Thanks for sharing.

breakfastpop on January 24, 2011:

I love this hub. You have captured the true meaning of happiness and your suggestions sound like the recipe for a successful happy life. Voted up and awesome.

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on January 24, 2011:

What a wonderful way you've described how to do a gratitude journal vocalcoach. I can learn from all of this, thanks Voted Up!

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on January 23, 2011:

Voted Up and Awesome VC a great way to meet life and living. I start my day recognizing that since I have opened my eyes, and gotten out of bed I am twice blessed from the start and every moment beyond that is a gift given by God that I ought to share with a smile. So here is one to share with you :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 23, 2011:

WOW - Look at you! The first one to read my new hub. So pleased you liked it. Wanna share that bowl of icecream? :) Thanks, my friend.

firman afandi on January 23, 2011:

some people always relate wealth with money, they didn't realize about the real wealth. great hub, I like it a lot especially the "big bowel of ice cream sprinkled with a few sunflower seeds and a dollop of whipped cream", gonna get some for myself ;p

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