Category Archives: Gratitude

Thanks for being you

Thank you to my blogger friends for sharing your lives, thoughts, adventures and experiences during 2015.  I value your company and friendship more than you will ever know.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.    ~Leo Buscaglia
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Christmas message from Jenna Dee

Be grateful everyday

Thanksgiving, the American celebration where people acknowledge the good in their lives and share a meal with their family is a worthwhile concept but sometimes I question its sincerity.

Just like Christmastime celebrations in the western world it seems Thanksgiving has been consumed by commercialism, greed and a desire to be better than others which is obscuring the original message of being grateful.

I think Thanksgiving/Gratitude should be part of our daily lives. Forget about  the appointed holidays be grateful and kind to others everyday.
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Michelle’s pet challenge

Gracie Dee, long haired chihuahua

It’s amazing how such a tiny animal brings so much joy to so many people. This is my dog Gracie Dee and I’d like to share the joy of having a pet with fellow bloggers.

My blog post My eyes adore you tells the story of how Gracie Dee came into my life. Other posts include  My tiny friend and Little things make me smile.

For more photos of Gracie take a look at

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Thanks to Michelle at

Happy days

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the terrible things that happen in the world but if we choose to focus on the positives, no matter how small, we can all live a happier life.

Today I am grateful for the creators of Facebook/websites dedicated to sharing messages highlighting the positive aspects of life.

Every day I read posts about love, hope, inspiration and kindness and this not only brightens my day it also strengthens my positive frame of mind and reminds me to appreciate all the wonderful things about my life.

I’d love you to share your favourite positive quote or saying with me, please write it the comment box below. Here are some of the best positive messages I have recently enjoyed reading.

The best things in life aren’t things.

In the end, only three things matter: how much you have loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
~ Buddhist Saying ~

To be happy you don’t have to do anything new.
You have to remember how to believe again.
Believe everything good is possible.
Believe in your dreams.
Believe in people.
Believe in love.
But most of all
Believe in yourself.
~ Doe Zantamata

Five Simple Rules for Happiness
1 – Free your heart from hatred
2 – Free your mind from worries
3 – Live simply
4 – Give more
5 – Expect less
Based on the teachings of Buddha

Gratitude for a better attitude

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Having a positive mental attitude has the power to instantly improve our quality of life.

Over time I’ve gradually morphed from having a negative to a positive attitude and this has given me an incredible sense of relief and feeling of well-being.

The best thing I have done lately is learn to be kind to myself and focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.

When I wore a beautiful dress recently my daughter Laura said to me “Wow, you look stunning” and I replied with honesty “Thank you, I feel stunning” and we both smiled. This brief shared moment reflects the happiness and joy that having a positive attitude can bring.

I finally learned that bombarding myself with negativity causes a fall into a pit of dissatisfaction that is not only repugnant but also exhausting.

So today I am grateful for changing my attitude to see myself and the world in a positive light, which has opened my eyes to appreciate a brighter life.

It’s not what you see, it’s how you look at it that matters……………..Jenna Dee

Appreciating all that is good

Every day is another chance to find true happiness by seeing and absorbing the beauty and joy of the little things that make a difference to our lives.564344_176555775832593_1611429834_n

Today I am grateful for

  • The warmth of the sun shining on my face
  • The beautiful plants we nurture in our garden
  • Living in a safe and comfortable house
  • Fresh clean water to drink.

There is so much to be thankful for

As an avid reader I am constantly learning and inspired by the words of others.

Everything I‘ve read about living a more fulfilled life suggests we take time each day to acknowledge the things we are thankful for.

Today I set out to write a blog starting a gratitude list but after re-reading the blogs I’ve already written it dawned on me that I began my gratitude journal when I started blogging last year.

So before I move forward I want to acknowledge the things I am grateful for that I have already shared with fellow bloggers in the blogs that I have written.

I am truly grateful for ….

The courage to believe in myself

The ability to read and write

Having hope and making new beginnings

The joy of being married for 25 years to my loving husband and for the family we have created

The love and joy my rescue dog “Gracie Dee” has brought to my life

The pleasure of reading novels

Having a lifelong best friend

The safe return of my precious daughters after traveling

Having opportunities to travel

Finding the courage to reclaim my name

Fond childhood memories

Getting back up after stumbling

Letting go of past hurts and regrets

Having the courage to ask for help

The kindness of people willing to offer helpful advice

The eternal love of my mother

Having access to technology

Being me

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Even though I try to live a simple life and always enjoy the peace of nature there are some things  contrary to these ideals that I appreciate.

Internet connects people across worldI am grateful for Internet technology because it enables me to communicate with my daughters via Skype, email or Facebook when they are traveling far from home.

Even after many years of using this technology I am still in awe of how amazing it is.

When used for its intended purpose social media is a wonderful way to keep in touch with people.

The Internet provides a voice, a means to communicate, endless information and entertainment for people who have access to it.

Today I am grateful for having access to the Internet.