G is for ‘Gratitude’. Define Gratitude…

Parrot, kiss, love, gratitude, laguna beach

Gratitude is love and trust from a feathered friend.


In a slight change to the advertised program, this weeks post is about the amazing, magical, and seemingly life-changing properties of gratitude. (Next week G is definitely for ‘Ghosts’, I know you’re all desperate to find out who my special guest is!)

Gratitude is munching my absolute favourite chocolate in the shape of an egg. Gratitude is the gentleness in the face of a child or animal who loves you. Gratitude is being aware of your breath. Gratitude is choosing to make yourself knowledgable. Gratitude is feeling good about making someone else feel good. Gratitude is accepting a painful lesson. Gratitude is savouring your success. Gratitude is realizing when you have realized a dream. Gratitude is being conscious of the world around you. Gratitude is accepting yourself exactly the way you are. Gratitude is focusing on the good health that you do have. Gratitude is creating positive thoughts. Gratitude is using positive words. Gratitude is inspiration. Gratitude is the force that continues to bring good things towards you. Gratitude is trusting that you are on the right path. Gratitude is loving your partner even when they’ve pissed you off. Gratitude is letting someone else stand in the limelight and celebrating with them – safe in the knowledge that your time is coming around. Gratitude is extracting wisdom from suffering. Gratitude is extracting love from loss. Gratitude is extracting comfort from being alone. Gratitude is taking the time to sort out your re-cycling. Gratitude is a call to action. Gratitude is being, not just grateful, but thankful. Gratitude is taking a little less so that someone else can have a little more. Gratitude is giving a little more and realizing that in giving more you are getting more. Gratitude is experiencing incovenience willingly, to help someone who needs you. Gratitude is a choice. Gratitude is a repetitive choice. Gratitude is a journey, not a destination. Gratitude is a way that you can always make someone feel good about herself. Gratitude is a way that you can always make someone feel good about himself. Gratitude is a way that you can always feel good about yourself. Gratitude is an expression of love. Gratitude is an expression of love in the face of adversity. Gratitude is an expression of trust. Gratitude is your acknowledgement of the value of your life. Gratitude is showing the Universe that you know that you are blessed. Gratitude is giving thanks. Gratitude is giving respect. Gratitude is giving meaning and purpose. Gratitude is giving value. Gratitude is writing it down, saying it out loud, or singing it out. Gratitude is in your heart, quietly. Gratitude is the sister of forgiveness and the child of love. Gratitude is the power to change. Gratitude is the power to stay the same amidst all the change. Gratitude is claiming your place amongst the Universe. Gratitude is understanding the Universe’s place in you.

I am so grateful for you. I am so grateful for your attention, your kindness, your thoughts and your inquisitive mind. I am grateful for your support, your good wishes, your interaction and your admiration. I am so grateful for your disagreement, the challenges you bring, your doubt and your disbelief. I am grateful for the unique and beautiful contribution that you make to this world, and I am grateful for everything I have learned, am learning, and will learn from you.

I love you, thank you for just being you.

What are you grateful for? Share your gratitude in a comment!

Until Next Week: Get a notepad and pen. Sit it next to your bed. Every night, just before sleep, write down everything that you are grateful for, no matter how small. As you write, take a moment to savour the feeling of gratitude and enjoy how good that makes you feel. When you start to notice all the wonderful things that you have in your life, life can only bring you more wonderful things for you to be grateful for.

Next Week: G is for ‘Ghosts’.

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11 thoughts on “G is for ‘Gratitude’. Define Gratitude…

  1. Jack Bower

    Very inspiring words this week Lauren. (as always)

    I know this weeks “G is for Gratitude” is actually in place of “G is for Ghosts” and I’m wondering, if I may be so bold as to ask/assume, was this a conscious decision with regards to how this weeks topic would better follow on from last weeks “F is for Forgiveness”? I really enjoyed last weeks entry, and is someone who is naturally cynical/bitter, i’m really interested in your thoughts re this- and how gratitude (indeed your examples above) can follow on from forgiveness, and if you think these two feelings are strongly connected. Jack

    1. writerlauren Post author

      Hello, thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I actually did not make the deliberate decision to write ‘gratitude’ before ‘ghosts’, outside circumstances took the matter out of my hands, however, as you noticed, moving from forgiveness to gratitude kinda has a nice flow to it. πŸ™‚ And if you read even further back, it was ‘fate’ that decided that forgiveness should follow gratitude. It must have been ‘meant to be’ that the posts were always going to have that order to them. In answer to your question, there is indeed a relationship between forgiveness and gratitude. When you are a person who forgives, it is much easier to see the lesson in the difficult situation requiring forgiveness. When you can clearly see the lesson, it is much easier to be grateful for the lesson. A person who forgives and a person who works with gratitude tends to be the same sort of person. Thanks again for your engaging remarks, have a great day! x

    1. writerlauren Post author

      Hi Stephanie, thanks for your comment. Being grateful for opportunity is the best way to bring more opportunities towards yourself. Good job, keep up the gratitude! x

    1. writerlauren Post author

      Hi Diana, thanks for your comment. Peace is a wonderful thing to be grateful for. You sound like your are also grateful for your ability to be of service, again, this gratitude acknowledges the good that you do in the world- keep it up! x

    1. writerlauren Post author

      Hi Mia, our senses are absolutely something to be grateful for. Without them, we would miss experiencing the world seen and unseen, like you said. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your comment. xx

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  3. Olen

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your site?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. writerlauren Post author

      Hi Olen, thank you for your feedback. I agree that some posts are text-heavy and need editing. I am currently going through all the posts on From Angels to Zen, making edits and changes as I go along, with the intention of making the posts more appealing and readable. x


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