Gratitude Polls (excerpt)
In a 1998
Gallup poll, 54% of Americans said they express
gratitude to God, and 67% said they express gratitude to
other people "all the time."
All of them.
Each person is entitled to their own opinion, perception
and choice of expression.
that it’s not what happens to or for you that makes you
grateful; it’s how you respond to what is happening that
shows your genuine belief about gratitude.
repeated throughout my research was that passionately
genuine gratitude is only possible when you understand
your own motivations and what is important to you.
Having the choice on how to express your gratitude is
powerful. The choice to make your own decisions on
what and why you feel gratitude – or ....
tell a person,
not by what they say they are gratitude for,
but how they respect what they claim to be grateful for.”
~ My Mom, Mrs. Donna Priscott~
Contributed by Veronica Davina
My mother was of
my greatest examples on how to live life with honesty and
integrity. This quote was one of her favorite sayings. Long
after her passing, I remember every time she said it to me.
She wanted me to learn that people don’t just see what I
say, they learn who I am by how my actions match my words.
If I expressed gratitude for something then I needed to show
respect for it and protect it just as I would anything else
that was important to me. My parents were married for over
50 years. My Mom said a gratitude prayer every day for her
marriage and relationship with my Dad. Every day she worked
to make sure he knew how much she meant that. She never
looked at another man and she always made sure our home was
a happy place for Dad to come home to after a long day at
work. She was grateful for her two kids, and she spent time
teaching us how to be our best, learn our best and present
When I gained
over 60 pounds excess weight in college, and the doctors
prescribed medicine for high blood pressure, she didn’t ask
me why. She asked me if I was grateful for my healthy body.
And if I was, then why was I carrying the extra weight that
was having a negative effect on my health? When my bother
experimented with drugs in High School...
"Congruency of gratitude and actions --
the section with 'Mom's' words were an eye opener."
~ Janis Murphy, Lexington, MO ~
What I learned in my research is that the path to genuine
gratitude is different for everyone. This research and
writing this book was my path. This book was several years
in writing. This project has taken me from thinking about
the winding canyon road with the steep cliff on one side and
no guardrail, to an energy of passionate possibilities.
I’ve been asked if it scares me that I still know where that
cliff is. No that doesn’t scare me. What scares me if a life without
hope; a life without choices; a life without passion.
Understanding genuine gratitude gives hope, illuminates
choices and rekindles passion.
"Living your life through
Gratitude, is not one of comparing how you are better than
or Gratitude only for what you own or obtain
Living your life through Gratitude is seeing that the world would be
missing something very valuable if you were not in it." ~
Sumner M. Davenport~
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Ralph Waldo Emerson
John F Kennedy
THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING
Kitty O'Neill Collins
GRATITUDE & SELF WORTH
Marcus Aurelius Antonius
MY LEAST FAVORITE QUOTES
King James Bible
HOLDING GRATITUDE HOSTAGE
Memo From God
THE LIONESS APPEARS
John Churton Collins
Alfred-Pierre Joseph Agache PERSPECTIVE
SOLACE OF GRATITUDE
YOU TOLD ME I WAS
Catherine "CC" Collier
Lao-tzu, Tao te Ching
ALL AROUND US
ONE AT A TIME
William Arthur Ward
Cart Gustav Jung
FAMILY & FRIENDS
ROCKS OR FLOWERS
PAY IT FORWARD
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
GRATITUDE AS GLUE
Dr Bunny Vreeland
MAKE A LIST
BETTER THAN WARM MILK
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