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“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 “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy  November marks the beginning of quite the holiday season – Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa to name a few festivities in which we gather together, give gifts, share food, celebrate and give thanks.While the holiday seasons teaches us the importance of giving and receiving – giving a gift and receiving a hug in return is one of the delights of this time of year – gratitude is easy and feels good all year round. Quiet Gratitude Funnily enough, it’s not just about giving ‘something’ or receiving ‘something’. Gratitude can be quiet and to oneself – being grateful for a beautiful sunset, for an umbrella when it starts raining; for the express bus when we’re late. We smile, live in the moment and ultimately benefit during these little moments of thought and thanks. Baby Steps Taking bigger steps on your year of gratitude can be daunting for some. We are vulnerable when opening up about our feelings. Small steps help. Start by writing down the people and things you are grateful for. Take a moment to reflect. Allow yourself to feel good about these people or things. Perhaps there is a person you could quickly call or email to say “hey, I was just thinking about you, you’re such a great friend, how are you?” Start a gratitude journal so these thoughts are always close by. Gratitude. It improves relationships, attracts what we want, reduces negativity, helps us learn and can leads to feelings of love. It’s easy, free and everyone can do it – with or without Thanksgiving turkey :)

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