Gratitude: Thought or Feeling?

posted by Sharon November 26, 2013 13 Comments
Gratitude

When you focus on gratitude, is it something you think about or something you feel? Does thanks swell from emotion? Do you take time to make a mental list and put into words what you are thankful for?

It’s probably like asking which came first: the chicken or the egg. Being thankful can come from feelings—maybe from looking at someone you love across the room or holding an innocent newborn. Just glancing at the morning sky or a flower can trigger thanks. Other times, unless you really think about it, thanks gets crowded out by daily life. Or by worries or illness or envy or weariness.

What helps in those times? Counting may, as Ann Voskamp details in her excellent book, 1000 Gifts. Look around and make a numbered list of what you can give thanks for. One of my friends writes in her gratitude journal every day and emails her “gratitudes” to family. She says it keeps her accountable to stay thankful no matter what the day brings. I suspect she’s also prodding her family to think about their own gratitudes, too. Sometimes it takes a little pondering to get that thanks bubbling up to the surface where you can really feel it.

This week, the US celebrates Thanksgiving Day. Whether you think, count, or just feel that heart-swelling goodness, I encourage you to fill the day with gratitude. And find some way to make it a habit.

I’m starting my list for today with “purple flowers of autumn.” I love the rich tones and, when I really look for them, I can find a nice variety.

How about you? What starts off your list of gratitudes today?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, and Communal Global. Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Happy Heart and Little Things.

 

 

 

 

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Susan Penn November 26, 2013 at 2:11 am

Hi Sharon:

One of the things I am grateful for s your lovely blog, that reminds me of the joy that comes from simply noticing things around me. Blessings to you and yours’

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Pieni Lintu November 26, 2013 at 5:55 am

Beutiful words and photos!

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Prairie Jill November 26, 2013 at 7:09 am

Oh, such gorgeous colours! My favourite shot is the last one.

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Thoughts from the Desktop November 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

Gorgeous purple Autumn truly is a wonder, I’m grateful today for family and friends…

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin November 26, 2013 at 11:25 am

Wow – gorgeous, Sharon!

I am grateful for those in my life who support what I do and have helped me to get where I am today!

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mscarletti November 26, 2013 at 1:30 pm

It’s good to see color and I love that first shot. Yes, I often have to think about thankfulness before the emotion comes!

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Michelle B November 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Beautiful purple flowers! Wonderful post! I am grateful for my family and can’t wait to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.

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Sherry November 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Purple is my favorite color. Your photos are just beautiful. Today I am grateful that I am healthy and can prepare Thanksgiving Dinner for my family. I’m so very thankful for a family who truly enjoys being together at holiday time and that we all get along. I never realized how many families don’t get along until I started visiting with people all over the country. I am truly blessed.

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Catherine November 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Lovely post… I am grateful for so many things, most importantly the health and well-being of my family 🙂

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Peabea November 27, 2013 at 5:10 am

Absolutely such a joy to see your colorful photos after the gloomy snowy days we’re having here this week. Such gorgeous shades of lavender. We’ve been doing the “Today I’m Thankful for” chain (like the ones kids did with construction paper and put in circles to add to a tree only we’re writing out thankful and then adding to the chain whenever someone feels like adding one. The grandbabykins loved the idea. It is always nice when a thankfulness climbs into my head out of the blue during the year, and a reminder that even in the small things, there are reasons to be thankful. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

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Becs November 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

Beautiful post and love all the colours here – the perfect antidote to our grey day here! Happy thanksgiving to you. 🙂

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theartfuldiva November 27, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Wonderful photos and post. Happy Thanksgiving!

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nina bille (@ThoughtsImages) November 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Sharon,
Being well and healthy is what I’m thankful at the moment! I enjoy reading Ann Voskamps 1000 gifts… She has a lovely way of writing and focusing on gratefulness and mercy! Your lilac and deep reds are so beautiful … Happy Thanksgiving!

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