Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." Oprah Winfrey

It doesn't matter if you have felt depressed, angry, moody, or jealous recently or are feeling any negativity now; it's never too late to start enjoying the many benefits of being grateful.

You can stop at any time and take two minutes to be thankful for all that exists in your life; difficult circumstances too, for they make you grow and become the full person you are.

I know it is not easy to see through bad times. However, you can look back at all the difficult moments of your life and appreciate what you got out of it: a lesson, a "tougher skin", even simply the experience that will make you make better choices in the future.

Gratitude flows from a heart of “thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving is not just a date on the calendar. Thanksgiving is a daily discipline that we should all develop in our lives.  I thanks everyday and I have  found myself being thankful for the beautiful trees and moments of silence—for adversity and even painful experiences. This exercise in gratitude has  empowered me to be thankful in all circumstances. It has shifted my outlook about life and opened me up to a level of living that I did not even know was possible.

These are some of the benefits of being grateful:

It helps you to be in the present by noticing what you do have and stopping to acknowledge it. This can be the company of a person, having food, or even being able to see.

Being grateful has the power to change your mood almost instantly from negative to positive. Good feelings and positive energy arise when you start acknowledging what you are grateful for.

Gratitude produces a more meaningful life. When it comes to life meaning, nothing compares to living a life of gratitude. When you are truly grateful, you find yourself living with greater purpose and passion.