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Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.

Every time I take the VIA Character Strengths inventory my top character strength remains the same: gratitude. While my other top four usually rotate around (but typically include Ability to Love and be Loved, Zest and Curiosity) the character strength of gratitude has consistently remained at the top. So it is probably not surprising that I love the idea of Thanksgiving. 
It is my hope, however, that we don’t limit our expressions of gratitude and thankfulness to the month of November. We all know that we should be grateful often, but there is empirical support for this idea as well. Seligman, Steen, Park and Peterson (2005) found that participants who kept a daily gratitude journal for one week experienced a major increase in their happiness and quality of life scores. In fact, this bump in happiness was sustained even after the experiment was over.

Here are a few things for which I am truly grateful: 

My health.
Holding hands.
BR Cohn
And beer.
Access to all the necessities.
Gold nail polish.
Books. Real books
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Cute hedgehogs. Non-cute hedgies don’t exist
Musical theatre.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No joke
Lip balm.
Small acts of kindness.
Homemade gifts.
Backyard picnics.
Fresh flowers.
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Vegetarian options on the menu.
Little surprises.
Big laughs.
My family.
Matthew David Manfriend.
YOU, my wonderful blog readers.

  • Niki

    I love this idea! I need to try and remember to do this link up on the 10th! I want to take the inventory too!

    PS I was Christmas shopping the other day and Pier 1 had the cutest hedgehog ornaments! I thought of you!

  • Kristian

    I’ve never heard of this personality/strengths test but it sounds interesting, and I love your list!

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    Blog Hopping – beautiful pictures!!!

  • Tammy

    What a sweet sweet idea. :)
    Love it!

  • emily @ anna delores

    LOVE this post… AMEN on the wine, beer, and REAL BOOKS! And so many others. Thanks for the reminder to be grateful!

  • Kelly

    Great post, I love all of the photos!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • torontorunner

    Hey! Just came across your blog.
    I love the idea of writing down what you’re grateful for. It’s the little things that we always forget. :)
    Stay smiling!

  • Katie

    what a great idea! I’m thankful for sushi too!

  • Kristen @ KV Confessions

    Yes to being grateful for wine.. mmm and sushi and real books, yes and yes :) Beautiful post!!

  • Rima Sagala

    SUSHI… which I just had today after my two weeks of NO CARB.
    I’m very grateful for good sushi.

    i’ll try my best to do this link-up.

  • A&B

    Love gratitude! It seriously makes you stop and think about all the things you are blessed with!

  • esther julee

    beautiful list. :)