Links to Love: Inspiring Gratitude

Scientific studies have shown that negative experiences have a greater affect on our well-being than positive experiences. These studies reflect the importance of nurturing and promoting positive experiences in life to enjoy a life of good health, happiness and success.

No one has a perfect life and true happiness is not the result of your external experience being positive, but instead a positive internal experience. To be healthy, happy and achieve your dreams you’ve got to feel good about your imperfect life, and the way I do this is by practicing an attitude of gratitude.

Gratitude is essential to a great life, and there’s always something to be grateful for. A regular practice of gratitude does not mean I don’t have any struggles or challenges because, trust me, I do! It does mean I actively seek out what is going well, what’s working, and I focus my energy on the good stuff.

This practice of focusing on the good helps me keep my life in balance. Without an abundance of gratitude, life will inevitably get me down and that’s not the way I choose to experience my life.

Gratitude is so important to me, I look to be inspired in gratitude whenever I can. I hope you enjoy these awesome links on gratitude as much as I do.

Seattle Pi: The key to wellness? It’s gratitude, one doctor says. A look at the link between gratitude and health.

Tiny Buddha: 60 Things to be grateful for in life. Use this handy little list to get you started.

Kind Over Matter: Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life A sweet and simple sentiment to inspire gratitude.

Janet Callaway: 13 quotes on gratitude I loved these beautiful quotes on gratitude!

Motherhood Your Way: Printable gratitude journal to count your blessings Enjoy this fun and creative way to express and share your gratitude.

Live Love Work: Get gratitude: 3 simple steps for living I hope you enjoy my take on a practice of gratitude.

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Pringle Hill Studio: Gratitude journal pages Check out more of the lovely gratitude in art by Pringle Hill Studio! Gorgeous!

I love your comments! Share your regular practice of gratitude, or simply share 5 things you’re grateful for today.

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  1. So glad I came over to take a look at your blog after leaving a comment on LKR’s site! This list of gratitude posts and resources was more than inspiring and I look forward to coming back here often!

    Wish I could share an art project my 3 1/2 year old came home from preschool with on Wednesday – it was in her words and said I grateful for mommy & daddy…so sweet and simple!

    -Anne

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Anne!

      Gratitude is one of my favorite topics, and many days it’s my saving grace. A regular practice and nurturing my attitude of gratitude has improved my outlook, my life experience and my ability to live peacefully with the world around me- no matter what it happening in my life.

      I’m thrilled to inspire and engage others to live a more grateful and happy life. After all, I certainly didn’t get here alone and the support, wisdom and connection to others that brightens my day every day.

      Your daughter’s art project sounds so lovely. Kids have an amazing ability to see life as it is, and not complicate it with expectations of ourselves and others. I love being inspired by children.

      Thanks again for your comment! I hope to see you again on my blog or yours. :)

      Chrysta

  2. Thank you for sharing such wonderful links! I truly believe happiness is achieved from an attitude of gratitude! I have to admit that I am guilty of not finding the beauty in the simple things in life. Everyday happenings can quickly suck us into a vacuum of “glass half empty attitude” if we let it! I love your blog…you inspire me!

    • Thanks for your comment, Melissa!

      A regular practice of gratitude is so important for me because, like you, I can quickly get sucked into a negative attitude. I’ve noticed how much negativity and pessimism is all around, like when I go to work on Monday and hear co-workers complain about it being Monday when nothing bad has actually happened to make their day bad. It’s easy to relate to this type of attitude in others and then I find myself getting frustrated or discouraged over little things. Instead I prefer to be happy for little things and let that influence my mood each day.

      I’m so happy you’ve found inspiration, and I hope these awesome links on gratitude make your day great!

      Chrysta

  3. Hey Chrysta,

    I love this topic too and couldn’t agree with you more. I have an attitude of gratitude. I’m not quite sure where I would be today without it.

    I have a journal but I don’t write what I’m grateful for in it. I write my daily afformations in it as well as how my day went. It helps to keep me on track.

    I’ll have to check out these other posts on gratitude. I have read Janet’s though, I’m a regular to her blog. She always shares so much great information over at her place.

    Thank you for sharing this topic with us today Chrysta. I loved it!

    ~Adrienne

    • Thanks for your lovely comment, Adrienne!

      I love that an attitude of gratitude can be practiced in many different ways. I don’t always write a gratitude list, though this practice is very effective for me. Sometimes I focus on my gratitude every time a co-worker asks me about my day, or simply says hello. I recognize each person I encounter offers a fantastic opportunity to be grateful and share it. When I share my gratitude with others, it always comes back to me.

      Daily affirmations are really helpful for me, too. I often write one or two on a note and stick the note where I see it regularly. This practice is awesome!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  4. Hi Chrysta,
    I have been focusing on gratitude a lot lately. When we are in a state of gratitude it is harder for us to get knocked off kilter.

    Gratitude for breakfast, lunch and dinner works for me. :)

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Justin!

      A regular practice of gratitude helps me weather storms in my life, too. When something happens that used to knock me down, I can now manage without as much struggle and strife. Not only am I happier day-to-day, little things just don’t get to me like they used to.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  5. Chrysta, aloha. No surprise that I absolutely love this post. Thanks so much for including my post as well as introducing me to the others. It will be fun exploring theme new resources. Love, love, love the image you selected; it’s perfect.

    Though I have a gratitude journal I write in every night, it sounds like the pages from Pringle Hill Studio could enhance the experience.

    One of my dearest friends takes a gratitude photo everyday and keeps it in a gratitude journal on her iPhone. It may be of flower, a delicious meal, the beautiful day, a person or ? Reviewing some of those photos with her is always a terrific “feels good” experience because of the story that goes with each photo.

    Chrysta, I am grateful that you are a part of my life. Knowing you, reading your posts and comments enhances my life. Thank you.

    wishing you a day filled with all things glorious. Until next time, aloha. Janet

    • Thank you for your lovely comment, Janet!

      I really enjoyed your gratitude post (of course!) and I knew immediately I was going to include it in my next Links to Love. I am so happy to share my love of your blog.

      I love the idea of a photo gratitude journal. I did a mini-photo gratitude journal a few months ago and it was a fun experience. Perhaps I will do another photo gratitude journal and post my photos on my blog. Maybe it could even become a semi-regular feature.

      Janet, I am grateful you are part of my life, as well. I am always enriched when I visit your blog and read your comments. One of the ways I practice an attitude of gratitude is by surrounding myself with grateful, inspiring and positive people like you!

      Enjoy a beautiful day!

      Chrysta

  6. Simply, I’ve learned from Abraham Hicks and the Secret and then, Babaji that Gratitude is by far the best tool to tackle everything. I experienced the power of gratitude in the morning…when a person instantly felt different to me! Gratitude! Gratitude!

    • I, too, feel completely different when I practice gratitude. I am empowered, inspired, motivated, loving and joyful. What a beautiful life when I live in gratitude.

      Namaste,
      Chrysta