A Food blogger adding a little gratitude

The blogger Jane with her blog “This Week for Dinner” is grateful for her husband and her daughter and expresses it beautifully in this story of gratitude. Not only does she know how to add the right ingredients in food, but also adds the ingredient of gratitude to life, which we at Gratitude Nation admire!

Yesterday was a rough day, thanks to work and myriad other things going on. When dinnertime rolled around, we decided to just hit California Pizza Kitchen with the kids. When we first got there, Owen was being all grumpy-like and the girls were kind of hyper. I was feeling overwhelmed.

Then Cate said, “Let’s play I Spy!” Honestly, my brain couldn’t handle it. I kept thinking about my to-do list, I wasn’t feeling well, I just didn’t have the energy. But Nate jumped in and proceeded to play a guessing game with the girls all throughout dinner. I sat there, watching their excitement with the game, listening to their sweet comments, gazing at their innocent, beautiful faces. It was like a healing balm. I felt grateful…grateful for Nate, grateful for those cute kids.

Gratitude. That is what I’m focusing on this week.

Gratitude for a 5-year-old daughter who wanted a crown birthday cake. Gratitude that I had the chance to make it for her.

Gratitude for the work that provides us a place to live, even if it gets stressful sometimes.

Gratitude for each moment I get to spend with my loved ones.

I’ll survive the week. I may or may not get everything done that I’m supposed to, but that’s okay. I am grateful.



10 ways of showing gratitude

Unwrapping the present.
 Even the smallest “thank you” can have a huge impact on the person you say it to, but also on your own life. However, sometimes saying those two little words can feel a bit inflated and we will be looking for other ways of how to express ourselves. A very wise man (or what do I know, I just googled him) called William Ward, said “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”, and I’m pretty sure we’ve all had that feeling at some point. So here’s a 10 note list from Gratitude Nation to you for getting that present delivered and unwrapped!

10 ways of showing your gratitude, whether it’s for family, friends or a colleague at work.

1. Write a hand-written thank you note

2. Share an example of something they did for you and how it made a difference in your life.

3. Dedicate a public post acknowledging things you value about them and their actions

4. Give them something of yours that you think they would enjoy, and let them know why you want them to have it.

5. Compliment them on a talent, skill, or strength that you admire

6. Give a long, intimate hug! (everyone needs a hug now and then and it releases those endorphins!)

7. Do something little, but thoughtful for them (fx. cleaning up after dinner while your mum relaxes, buy your friend a coofee when he’s tried or bring chips for you sister when she’s hungover)

8. Smile. Smiles are contagious, so give one away!

9. Invite them to do something you know they’ve always wanted to do.

10. Give them flowers to brighten their day.

Give thanks to challengers and yourself!
We have to remember though that adding gratitude to life doesn’t only include showing respect and gratitude to the people who love you and you love, but also to the people who challenge you or support you (at work for example). Last but not least it is important to show gratitude for yourself – so go and schedule a date with yourself that’s all about you.

Do you have any other inspiring ways of showing gratitude that you use?