The Power of Gratitude

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GratitudeKeyboard“There is great wisdom in the idea that “we become what we think about most of the time”. The human brain is a goal-seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely fail to see (or seize) the opportunityPhillip E. Humbert

Consider that the door to to seeing and seizing the opportunity Phillip Humbert describes can be opened by one word: gratitude.

Gratitude has the power to quell our fears and create an experience of joy. When you focus on all that you are and all that you have from a context of gratitude, you experience both being on solid ground in the present and being hopeful about the future.

As Melody Beatie says: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

Can you think of a better state of being from which to perform at your best, tap your ingenuity and creativity, as well as lead others?

What began as a harvest celebration was given new meaning in the United States with the Thanksgiving Harvest Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln in 1963. On the 4th Thursday of November each year the United States dedicates a day to celebrate all that there is to be grateful for as citizens of our democratic nation.

In modern life very few of us have an actual hand in a harvest. Yet we do have the opportunity to experience a bountiful harvest in so many other ways. Whatever your celebration or tradition of thanksgiving may be, the practice of shining a spotlight on all there is for us to be thankful for is indeed a powerful one.

The real power of gratitude, however, is realized when we do the often hard work of living and leading with gratitude each day.

What are you grateful for?


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Maria Garcia   |   28 November 2013   |   Reply

Hello Susan, as always giving us your wonderful talents!. Back ho.e Nicaragua, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but our Family do because we live here in this wonderful Nation that has adopted us, as one of their own, I am thankful for many things. My life, my health, my family, my close friends, and my new virtual friends I interact with on different platforms, such as this one. I am forever thankful of all the things, even the negative things that has happened in the past, because I have learned from them, one day I will share many stories, including how and why I even started being on these platforms

Susan Mazza   |   29 November 2013   |   Reply

Thank you so much Maria. I look forward to hearing your story some day soon!

Maria Garcia   |   28 November 2013   |   Reply

Susan I am thankful for people like you, who are always pouring out their knowledge out there for the world, if you ask me, this is one of the greatest gifts in life, the gift of knowledge, the gift of sharing your specific talents its priceless! Today I give thanks to people like you and to be fair to many other like you, that have cross my path, I feel blessed because of all of you. Thank you and have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Day!
Be blessed

Maria Garcia

Soul   |   28 November 2013   |   Reply

“What am I grateful for?” Actually, I’m more grateful for “who’s” than “what’s.” It’s the ‘who’s’ who create the ‘what’s that I’m also grateful for.

I’m most grateful for Susan Mazza for being and providing the light our world needs more of.

Susan Mazza   |   29 November 2013   |   Reply

Thanks so much Soul. Appreciating your continued support and the warmth you bring to every interaction. Like you I have many “who’s” to be thankful for. The who’s are indeed most treasured and the source of the what’s that truly matter!

Kat Tansey   |   28 November 2013   |   Reply

I am grateful for social media that allowed me to come into contact with you, Susan — sharing our ups and downs, helping each other solve problems, and collaborating on projects — this continues to enrich my life in so many ways. Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan Mazza   |   29 November 2013   |   Reply

Ditto that Kat! I am truly grateful for your friendship and your collaboration.

Steve Houghton-Burnett   |   20 December 2013   |   Reply

Hi Susan, a great article with a conclusion that I agree with 100%

I hope you won’t mind me hijacking your comments as Gratitude is a key area of research for me, so much so that I am in the process of collecting and analysing 1,000,000 gratitudes!

I wondered would you be happy to publish this comment with the link to http://bit.ly/TFG1MG which is the page where I collect gratitudes from people.

All they need to do is tell me what they are most grateful for in their life. Of course I’d love to receive one from you too 🙂

Susan Mazza   |   06 January 2014   |   Reply

Just realized I did not respond to you here Steve. I did do your gratitude survey. Good luck with your research!

Steve Houghton-Burnett   |   06 January 2014   |  

Thanks Susan I got it 🙂 My small ripple is growing into a wave!

Rebecca Novacek   |   13 January 2014   |   Reply

Hi Susan – from Sydney Australia. In answer to your question – What am i grateful for? There is so much, but especially my Spiritual Teachers in life – my children, my mentors, my God, my angels, my family and friends. They love me, stretch me, support me and teach me. However, In those moments when I think I am alone and all have disappeared (and truly we are never alone), I remind myself that my greatest friend is “Gratitude”. And then, my smile increases, my heart expands, and I can see and feel what was always there in the first place.

Blessings to you.

Susan Mazza   |   13 January 2014   |   Reply

Beautifully said Rebecca! And thank you for sharing what you are grateful for and sending a ripple of gratitude across the continents today. Very much appreciated!

Sakinah   |   10 November 2015   |   Reply

I am grateful that even toughh my normal daily routine has been thrown out because of my children, I have developed a new system of tackling things based on priorities. It helps me decide what needs to be done first when it is impossible to get it all accomplished.

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