The ALTITUDE of Gratitude

Being thankful lifts you up and that is the main purpose of this blog… to lift you up and help you to be your BEST self. I strive every day to bring out the best in myself, so I enjoy sharing my tips. As long as I am living, I’m learning every day; if you have suggestions, I am excited to read them!

If you read my blog post titled, “ The Attitude of Gratitude,” you know that gratitude is a part of every day of my life. I use an app called, “Delightful” to keep me on track. I don’t use the app every day, but I use it especially on days when I am struggling. I think it is more important to be grateful on days when it is harder to find things for which I am grateful. This app will allow you to enter 3 “gratitudes” for each entry and a maximum of 200 characters per item. If you aren’t sure what to write, the app actually offers prompts such as, “What made you laugh or smile today? Share about a pet or animal you love.” This type of accountability is wonderful when it is really needed.

Here is what I wrote in the Delightful app today:

1) Today I am grateful that I am working from home and can take a nap during my lunch break. (I haven’t been sleeping as well for the past few nights).

2) My cat Ti,(which is short for Ti Amo= I love you in Italian) keeps me grounded with his funny games/antics every day. It is wonderful having a pet who can remind me to be in the moment.

This is my adorable, scruffy (formerly feral) kitty, Ti

3) I am grateful to have friends who are mentally and emotionally helping me get through the rough times (ex: current job layoff effective 3/12/19).

There is nothing right or wrong about your gratitude, so it can be whatever you want as long as it’s positive. However, details are important… I’m not just grateful for my cat, but his little antics that remind me to live in the moment. Remember, the purpose is to lift you up! You don’t have to share it with anyone if you don’t want to. Since I have been struggling a little, I thought it was important for me to share mine today.

If you have read my other posts, you know what a fan I am of Brené Brown, so I am using a quote from her video regarding joy and gratitude (the quote was from a Jesuit priest), “”It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” Click here to watch the video.

What do you think; does gratitude make you a more joyful person? Can you feel the altitude?

Thank you, as always for taking the time to read!


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