Gratitude – A Happy Habit

Being grateful isn’t always easy. Especially in the middle of the challenges and chaos that can come with parenting.

But when we focus on the roses, instead of the thorns…

(one of the roses on my favorite rosebush in our yard)


the thorns don’t seem so big,

or sharp,

or bothersome.  :)

If you’re local to the Sacramento area, join me over at Sacramento Moms Like Me this Thursday, June 2nd for a Live Web Chat: Gratitude – A Happy Habit. (7-8pm, PST) I’ll be talking about how thankfulness can can help us beat stress, parent better, and lead healthier and happier lives. I’d love to see you there!

In the meantime, here are a few good quotes:

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.”  ~Gerald Good

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”  ~Epictetus
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”  ~Frank A. Clark
And some great books:
One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp
Growing Grateful Kids, by Susie Larson
What about you? Do you have any “being grateful” tips to share? Have you read Ann Voskamp’s book? Do you have a gratitude journal? I’d love to hear about it!

And if you are visiting from Wordful Wednesday, welcome! Be sure to leave a comment and say hi so I can visit you and return the favor!

For more “Wordful” / Wordless Wednesday photos, stop by Angie’s SevenClownCircus, Parenting by Dummies, 5MinutesforMom, and A Beautiful Mess.


  1. I just finished an A – Z thankfulfulnness challenge. When I came to M, God would not give me peace about any other post but migraines. I have had migraines for almost 30 years now but in the last 3 4 weeks have tried to thank God for them when they come, even thought I don't see any purpose. Still don't but it improves my attitude in life.

  2. Learning to be thankful/grateful and expressing appreciation is very important. I don't think one can truly be happy without knowing how to be grateful.

  3. One of my favorite quotes is from 'The Secret Garden', …"Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow"!Thanks, Becky Jane

  4. I am currently reading Ann's book. It's changing they way I see. I post every Monday my gratitude journal on my blog.Sorry about your blogger issues. There are some blogger blogs I still cannot comment on.

  5. Jo

    I haven't visited your blog in ages. . . Just stopping by to say hi. I'm having the same blogger problem, but it depends on what computer I'm on which is strange.What a beautiful rose.

  6. The thing that REALLY changed my life was when I learned to be grateful to God for the BURDENS, not just the blessings. It's very painful, but there is no thing that I've been through that hasn't grown me, or taught me something that made me a better person who enjoys life more. Tough stuff, but try and you'll see how how it makes life better.gina bmom-blog

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