Kim Kirmmse Toth - Small Business Coach

Gratefulness for Every Day of Your life and Every Decade of Your Life!

I know that probably sounds very woo woo or simplistic to you but don’t you think that it’s possible?

I believe it is. Having just turned my 6th decade a bit before a holiday of gratefulness I do truly believe it.

All the big Positive Psychology gurus will attest to this. They have done many studies and proven that being grateful every day can change your life. There are other things of course, as well, but this article is about gratefulness.

Grateful you made it to you next birthday.

Grateful you can get out of bed in the morning, grateful you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner if you so chose.

Grateful you can read or listen to this article.

Gratefulness is pretty simple when you think about it.

Do you keep a Gratitude list by any chance? You can do this every night before you go to sleep or every morning. Do it every day or once week or even once a month. Just taking the time to write what you are grateful for, or recording it, can change your life.

I travel quite a bit and just got back from 2 third world countries. One of the many things that amazed me (although it shouldn’t have) is how happy these people are. And most of these people have very little in the way of what most of us feel is necessary.

Their homes are very humble, their lives are very humble. They work harder than most of us would dream of physically, and not just the young people.

But they smile at you always! From what I saw and heard from people who spoke English, they are happy people.

Maybe happier than we are? I don’t know the answer to that. I guess the answer could be ‘maybe’.

Are you as happy as you want to be? If so, wonderful. Spread it around to others. Smile at people you see as you go through your day.

If you wish you were happier then what are you going to do about it? It’s all in your own hands you know. At least I believe it is.

As I said earlier, simply smiling at people will make you feel better. Act as IF you are happy and you might be surprised how well that works. You’ll also get a great response from other people around you. Try it and see and let me know how it goes.

Being happy is free, no charge to you or anyone. Be grateful will make you happier, my promise to you, and it’s also free!

My wish to you for this next day, week, month and year is to acknowledge the wonder around you and your life and be grateful.

Action Step: Feeling great? Pass it on. Feeling frumpy and grumpy? Start your own Gratitude List and let me know how you do. Oh, and smile.


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  1. Daniella Rudoff
    Nov 23, 2011

    Kim, I couldn’t agree with you more! Gratitude and a smile. The two big keys to happiness in life. Positive things that are contagious and reflect right back at you!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Daniella Rudoff

    • Kim
      Dec 12, 2011

      OOPS, terribly late in replying here Daniella! TWO very simple things aren’t they? Smiling and being grateful. I hope you had a wonderful and gratitufe filled Thanksgiving. I surely was very blessed…….with 13 people for dinner! Fun stuff.
      So now, may I wish you the next Happy Holiday, Christmas or Hanukka.

  2. Cindy Schulson
    Dec 12, 2011

    Such true words Kim. Thanks for sharing and reminding us. I just wrote a blog post about how to get out of a slump and helping others was one of the ways I suggested. Your ideas about gratitude reinforce this idea so beautifully.
    warm wishes,

  3. Kim
    Dec 12, 2011

    Thanks Cindy! And how nice that I actually have met you in person and know you……or we are beginning to know each other. How fun.
    Thanks for you comments. Its a popular subject these days…….now just to live it, which I do daily……..or at least I give it my best shot!

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