gratitude defined: "readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness..."

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
— John F. Kennedy

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I think more than any other year, I've been the most aware of how much I have be thankful for. As tragedy after tragedy occurred this year, a natural reaction was to reflect on my own life. How many lives this year were so tragically altered? not only did many lose their possessions, homes but even their life. So for me, this year I'm going beyond being grateful for the comforts of my life. 
Because I know how fast in a moment, my very life could be taken away. So I'm choosing to be so present in this life, what I do with it and the impact I can make. As the season of the holidays are upon us, I'm going to look for the ways to actively be grateful and I would encourage you to do the same. How are you living a grateful life with the thought that it a moment it could change?

When I read the definition of gratitude, I zero in on that last part - "to return kindness." 


It goes beyond showing appreciation but then the physical action of then showing kindness, an active choice to participate in spreading positivity and light. We'll leave you with a couple gratitude quotes to ponder this week - share in the comments how you'll be living grateful and giving thanks in the coming weeks...  

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
— Albert Einstein
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.
— William Arthur Ward
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson