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Rebecca January 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Thank you so much for this post! It is so easy to overlook all of the amazing things that we have to be grateful for every single day. It is wonderful to be able to reflect on how blessed and lucky we are with everyone and everything we have :)


barbara January 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

thankyou Marthe, this is just what i needed today, will be coming back when needed! :-)


Siobhan /Facets of the Fabulous January 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

This post has invigorated me! Beautifully put, this post should be an letterpress print,whenever anyone feels down on life, read this and feel such delight for existance!


Petrea January 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

I am truly grateful to find your post today. I will be referring to it often as its very inspiring. I think I may even make a poster of it for myself. I like the gratitude tweets!


gina January 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Wow, look at all we can be grateful for? whoohoo!
I’ve recently been so grateful for my life…I look at what I’m doing and I just say, wow, how amazing is this!!
thank you!


Carrie January 10, 2012 at 3:12 am

Thank you for this wonderful list! I love the idea of gratitude tweets. While I know, intellectually, all experiences are necessary for freedom and growth, gratitude helps shift our perspective while keeping our heart open. Ohhh how I needed your post today. Thank you:)


Rach // In Spaces Between January 10, 2012 at 7:58 am

Brilliant as always! x


Caroline January 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

this is wonderful Marthe, thanks!! I have a gratitude journal on my nighttable in which I try to write down(almost) every day what I was grateful for that day… Does any of you know the movie ‘HappyThankYouMorePlease’? It is a wonderful movie I can recommend to everyone, about gratitude, love and worthiness (in an aerie way)… a great quote from the movie (roughly repeated) ‘gratitude is the key to your life, say thank you all the time, and after you say thank you, say more please… with gratitude, the universe is eternally abundant’
have a wonderful day.. Amsterdam is sunny to day and I am sooo grateful for that :-) x


alex January 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Thank you for making me realize how beautiful life is in itself.


Ellie Di January 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Wonderful list! I do a weekly gratitude practice that is absolutely wonderful. You don’t think about a lot of the things in your life that are going right; we tend to focus so strongly on what’s going wrong instead. Any sort of gratitude practice helps keep you grounded.


abby January 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

This is such a refreshing list. I am working on writing at least 5 lines of gratitude a day for the entire year and you’ve reminded me that even the small things, or things we take for granted are worth noting.


Jo January 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Thank you for the 48 list – awesome reminders that I’ll carry with me.

A few years ago a friend and I had a gratitude practice of e-mailing each other our little gratitudes for the day. It brought us closer and was such a beautiful way to end the day.

Today I am grateful for my health and my ability to overcome whatever challenges that have been thrown my way.


Mary January 11, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Lovely post, grateful for reading this, ’tis just what the doctor ordered :) Thanks


kathryn January 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

it’s Friday…pay day..and just gorgeous out!!!!

i write out 5 gratitudes every morning..it’s not always easy but it really has changed my life in many ways!!


Teddi January 29, 2012 at 4:03 am

Somedays I have to spend the time being grateful for what i DON’T have! (I don’t have to live in my car. I don’t have to be fearful. I don’t have one leg or no legs, etc.)


Melinda February 4, 2012 at 4:39 am

Thank you for this post! As someone who considers themselves to be a grateful person, in the midst of a semi-slump this week, these were very inspirational words to read. It gave me a great reminder of how lucky I am. There are so many things past, present, and future to be grateful for.


Mary's Pastry Lab February 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm

i’m grateful for having found what I really want to do with my life and being aligned positively in some other aspects of my life. and of course for finding this writing from you – it reminds me of all the things again :)


karen December 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I am so grateful to have found this post, it truly gave me insight and reasons to know how blessed I am. It’s so very easy to loose sight of how fortunate we are and you are so right in all the points you’ve listed. We are so fortunate here that we overlook those ‘basic’ things that are true blessings! I am grateful


Tom Bradley December 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Thanks so much for this post, Marthe…I’m going through a difficult breakup and am feeling far too sorry for myself…after reading your post, I’ve started writing a gratitude diary…you’re right that it’s not easy, but I’m hopeful that it will help in the long run…I’m grateful to have found your advice!!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Daniela April 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm

The lyrics to this song always lift me up and put me in a grateful place…

‘Reasons’ – Minnie Riperton

The reasons for my life are in a million faces
Like aching promises I feel them in my bones
Slipping through my fingers to dance upon the road
The reasons for my life are more than I can hold

But oh, the sweet delight to sing with all my might
To spark the inner light of wonder burning bright
You’re not alone
You’re not alone

The reasons for my life are buried in deep places
Words once could awaken them
these seeds that I have sown
Ringing through the madness to crash against the cold
The reasons for my life cannot be bought or sold

The reasons for my life are filling all my spaces
Like rushing waters flow, they carry me along
Twisting through my memory to pull free from the load
The reasons for my life are more than I was told


Marthe April 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm



Melanie April 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Thank you for sharing this list!!! Sometimes we forget those little things that makes us happy!!
Im so grateful and im so privileged to be able to do this every day!!!


michelle May 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Indeed.. Thanks for list!.. My day today is a good day! ^__^
-Think of one thing to be grateful also..Read here http://www.thethrillionaire.com/blog/think-of-one-thing-to-be-grateful-about-today/ – great blog!


Alex October 8, 2013 at 1:26 am

Thanks beautiful, great list!


Tushar Joneja October 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Marthe, I started reading the post and halfway down, I was filled with a deep sense of gratitude of just things that happened to me today, which is really saying something of its effectiveness.

I’m grateful to you for making my day little brighter with your words.

Thank you :)


Justus Maritim February 15, 2014 at 5:28 am

I am greatly blessed. Going to practise n extend the same teachings to fmly, relatives, community and friends…Thanks!


Ginette September 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

Great post! I enjoyed reading it.


vidya January 18, 2015 at 11:22 am

Great. I am grateful to read this. Thank you.


Joanna Glade November 25, 2015 at 11:58 pm

I am grateful for so many things. My sister and I text each other 3 things each that we are grateful for. Right now, we are doing the alphabet and just did the letter K today.

For today, I will say that I am grateful for kindnesses, kittens, and knowledge. For the Thanksgiving holiday, I will add family, friends, the wonderful holiday season, fall, winter and staying cozy and warm.


Keta Pretorius January 16, 2016 at 7:53 am

I am searching for just ONE person to give me ONE good reason why I should be grateful for being alive.

How can anyone tell anyone what to be grateful for? Just because one person is grateful for being alive, does it therefore follow that ALL people must be grateful for being alive? What if people are not grateful for being alive, or don’t want to be grateful for anything?

The only thing I am grateful for is that one day I will not be alive anymore. Who in their right mind actually enjoys being alive? And who in their right mind is grateful for something they don’t want? It just does not make sense to me.

I just thought i’d share my own thoughts about life.


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