The Real Gift of Gratitude


Growing up I use to think you only say thank you for the good you receive and I guess most kids are taught to say the magic words whenever someone extends a kind gesture and Its just good manners. However, how many of us were taught how to respond when things are not going as we’d like them to. How to respond when life is only serving lemons and making lemonade does not appeal to us.  

I had to learn the not so easy way to happy. When you have things going your way, life is not as difficult and you don’t need to do a lot of positive thinking to get through much. Life is good and it’s so easy to be grateful. However, as a grown up, I learnt life isn’t a straight line, there are highs and lows, there are twists and turns.

So, like a lot of people I know, I constantly recited “Have the serenity to accept what you cannot change. The courage to change what you can and the wisdom to know the difference.”  I had to find ways to be happy despite situations and I discovered there are plenty of reasons to be grateful in the midst of what I could not change. The world isn’t either good or bad, now i know. It just is. Our experience of the world depends on the state of our minds.  

So recently when a friend gifted me a book, The Magic by Rhonda Byrne. I didn’t honestly know what to expect and but it was a good surprise. For those who have not read it, it’s about gratitude and what I learnt through reading the book is that gratitude is not just good it is truly the magic of life. 

At first trying to name 10 things that am so grateful for every morning, was such a task. However, it got better by the day. What I discovered is that there is good all around us, we just need to adjust the glasses we look at the world through. And that we don’t need to get to the happy place to be grateful. We can be grateful on our way to the happy place.

The more we learn to count our blessings, the more blessed we feel and in turn the universe sends us more to be grateful for. When we become aware of how blessed we truly are, miracles start to happen  

Be inspired to live your best life every day.  


  1. this is a wonderful post… and a great reminder to living life to the fullest

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