3 wonderful benefits of gratitude

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before,” said Maya Angelou. Finding wonder in a day of routine starts with gratitude.

Feeling grateful helps you experience a life of abundance and hope. Gratitude helps you accept the lesson in the struggle.

1. A life of abundance

Feeling grateful helps you see the abundance in your life because you always have more than you think that you have. It helps you see abundance where you see lack.

The key to finding abundance in life lies in feeling grateful for everything: solitude, change, negative and positive experiences, music, nice weather.Β 

2. A lesson in the struggle

How are you grateful for change?

Find the lessons, the gems in your “negative” experiences. Life lessons help you learn, grow, and become stronger.

Find gratitude for the negative experiences, the challenges, the mistakes.

Challenges and mistakes teach you how speak up, how to improve, how to let go of what isn’t meant for you, how to accept what you can’t change.

3. Hope

Gratitude for me began during a time when I felt hopeless.

One of the many things that caused my hopelessness, a while back, was getting myself to work and to college by riding the city bus.

I hated waiting at the bus stop in freezing or hot weather. I’d go into complaining mode.

The problem with this negative thinking was that it led to more and more and more complaining. I would focus on all of the things wrong in my life.

One day, as I walked to the bus stop, I began a simple gratitude practice. I made a mental list of the things I felt grateful for. It was very simple. I felt grateful for my warm jacket, my boots. I felt grateful for the blue sky, the trees, the sunlight.

Feeling grateful is the key to finding the wonderful things in your day. It’s the key to finding hope. Because even when things are not flowing perfectly in your life, you can always always find things to feel grateful for.

  • What’s one thing you’re grateful for at this moment?
  • Is a challenge in your life currently teaching you something? What is it teaching you?
  • What’s one thing that’s giving you hope lately?

14 thoughts on “3 wonderful benefits of gratitude

  1. Great post, Andrea! πŸ™‚

    One thing I’m grateful for in this moment is reading your blog! ❀

    The health challenges are always teaching me to practice living in the Pure Consciousness that is watching the bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions… to practice being the Witness Consciousness!

    The powerful Star Wars movie (The Rise of Skywalker) gives me hope at the moment, I can't wait to see it again!

    What about you? What are your answers to those 3 great questions?

    Grateful for you!

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    • Thank you so much, Teja! I’m always grateful for your blog posts, too! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing about the health challenges and how they’re currently teaching you to practice the Witness Consciousness. I imagine that’s it’s not easy what you’re going through, so I really admire you for keeping strong, and for practicing living in the Pure Consciousness. That’s awesome that you’re going to watch the Star Wars movie again! You’re convincing me to watch it πŸ™‚ I’m so late with watching movies. I watched Black Panther recently, and I loved it so much that I’ve watched it 3 times already.

      As for my answers to those three questions: 1. I’m currently grateful for everything (books, tea, blogging, the two-week break, etc.). 2. A current challenge is that I still feel like I’m grappling with so many life questions & unknowns.. you know with the change and all that, I find myself wondering if I’ve chosen the right path, & if I’m doing the right things.. I’m learning to live with the questions, the mystery of it all. 3. And lastly every new day gives me hope because it gives me the chance to learn something new, to try again, to love better, to write.

      Thank you for asking! ❀️


    • Hi Emily! Thank you so much for sharing. Those are great things to be grateful for. Thank you so much for the reminder that the future is unwritten and that the possibilities are endless! I needed to hear that message today. Wishing you a beautiful 2020 year ahead full of joy and love! ✨

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  2. I am grateful for my loved ones.
    Challenging time? There’s always some sort of a challenge. Right now, I am struggling with allocating time for different areas of my life that I find important. Too many things, too little time. I am learning that I can find time for things that really matter if I plan accordingly.
    What gives me hope is my perseverance.

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    • Thank you for sharing, Goldie! I meant to ask you in your recent posts, what you prefer me calling you from now on, Goldie or Sam?

      I’m so with you on having too many things, to do and so little time. Planning accordingly definitely helps find time for the important things & perseverance is so good to helping us get things done.

      I really admire you for how much effort you put in commenting, & in building community with your readers. I became a braver commenter because of you since I’m more of an introvert in real life πŸ™‚ . I always wonder HOW you manage to find time for it while keeping consistent with your posting schedule & living life.

      Also, you should know that you are The Hummingbird’s Journal’s top commenter! I’d love to repost one of your post as a form of gratitude. Please let me know which post you’d like me to repost! I don’t really do awards or anything, but I feel grateful for your continued support of the blog!

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      • I don’t mind either way. I thought of keeping Goldie for my blog, since I don’t want to confuse people. But I also do want to make Sam known for future writing endeavors. Your choice.

        That’s awesome to hear! I consider myself an introvert, too. Most of the time, because I’m not in my ideal circumstances. (I find myself to be an extrovert when I (fish) gets thrown back into the sea (comfort zone). But yes, the comments definitely enable us to come out of the shell a little.

        This year definitely wasn’t the easiest to fit everything in. In November of 2018 I did NaNoWriMo, which meant writing more than a thousand words every day. I didn’t think I’d have time to do that, but I did. That made me realize that there is some time that could be reclaimed. I waste a lot of it on just “veggin” to de-stress and relax. I found out that writing does that often times, too. Killing two birds with one stone. This year, I think i want to write more outside of blogging, but I still want to remain present here. I will take the month of January to figure this out.

        That’s awesome to hear! I definitely enjoy reading your posts. It’s tough to choose which post I’d like to put “out there.” Thank you so much for that opportunity. I’d suggest a recent one you enjoyed the most. Hopefully, that would be the one that would appeal to your readers. Maybe the latest blogging tips? https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com/2019/12/10/answer-me-this-the-secret-trio-of-success-reader-vs-website/ or the latest https://dailyflabbergast.wordpress.com/2019/12/31/the-end-of-2019-on-my-terms-3rd-edition/ I trust your judgement on that.

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      • It feels weird calling you Sam in a good way because I’m so used to calling you Goldie πŸ™‚. I see, I’m going to use Sam from now on!

        Hmmm…that’s interesting how you use writing to help de-stress & relax, I hadn’t thought of it that way before.

        That’s a great goal, to write outside of blogging. I wish you the best on your writing endeavors!

        Thank you so much & you’re so welcome, Sam! I’ll repost tomorrow, Saturday.

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      • It took me a while to return to this point where writing is de-stressing and relaxing, but I’m glad to be back!

        I hope you find more time to write yourself this year.

        Have a great weekend and stay golden!

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