my 10 catalysts of gratitude

Tough times make us step back and take stock of the goodness in our lives. So this week, I’m bringing you a post to help focus on the important–and small things alike–that bring us happiness and for which we should be grateful.

10 things I am grateful for

1. The love and support of my husband and friends. I feel so blessed to have terrific friends (many of whom have been with me through almost every stage of my life) and a husband who believes in me.


2. A terrific cat that makes me smile every day. Those of you who know me well know that Jimmy is the light of my life.

3. A safe and comfortable home with terrific tasting clean water. It’s not elaborate or extravagant, but our home is cozy, safe, and comfortable and we have the BEST water! I don’t know about you, but every day after my shower (or bath), I thank God for it. I’m not a religious person, but somehow having access to good, clean water is almost spiritual to me and something for which I am extremely grateful.

4. The ability and opportunity to travel frequently. My life has been so enriched, and my own world so expanded from the experiences I have gained through travel.

5. Work that I love. Being able to combine my passions for interesting people, travel, and writing into a viable career is the best gift ever!

6. Enough intelligence to enable me to engage in conversation in most circles. Nothing fuels my soul more than talking to others and seeing what makes them tick.

7. A reasonably healthy body and mind. My small aches or discomforts are nothing compared to those of others.

8. A good example to follow from my parents. My mother with respect to being social and loving people, and my father with respect to having confidence and being determined.

9. An adventurous spirit. No explanation required. 🙂

10.  A developed palate that enables me to appreciate flavours. I admit to being a lover of fine food, wine, and chocolate!


How about you? Have you taken the time to reflect on the things that bring you happiness and help you feel gratitude?

I’ll close with this inspirational quote from Anthony Robbins that came to me yesterday via Twitter.

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

37 Responses

  1. Susan Cooper says:

    All of the above my friend. It’s hard to add anymore to that. I do feel very lucky. Hugs.
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  2. I feel all warm inside after reading your blog. At times we do not appreciate our blessings.

    I agree that travelling really does broaden your horizon. You are left with great memories!
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  3. Linda says:

    You are so wise to focus on the thanks. You have a great list, quite similar to my own. Above all other things, though, I’m most grateful for my good health. It’s certainly not because I’ve worked at it or sacrificed for it. Quite the contrary, I’m not getting enough exercise and my eating/drinking habits have gotten really awful. I am blessed with some good genes. I appreciate every single day that I wake up sound and healthy. I’ve been so very lucky so far to have dodged the myriad troubles that afflict so many souls.

    Have a lovely evening, Doreen. Cheers.
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  4. Harry Hobbs says:

    Thanks for this Doreen. It is important that we focus on the good things in life rather than the bad. Negativity seems so afloat today and people can’t wait to tell you some bad news or things about others.

    If everyone focused on the good things as you have done this world would be a much better place to live.

    • Thx, Harry. The motivation for my post was all the complaints about the weather that I was hearing. Believe me. I hate winter. But it can always be worse, right??? We think we’ve got it bad in MB right now b/c of the cold. But look at the poor folks on the East Coast! They’ve got so much snow they can’t open the doors to their houses!
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  5. Ken Dowell says:

    I will now head out to shovel my car out of the driveway with a smile on my face.

  6. travelFREAK says:

    Pets change our life! And Jimmy is so handsome and cute!
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  7. I feel so lucky …and those are great reminders to remember the things that ground us. And by the way, Jimmy is adorable!
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  8. Donna Janke says:

    Thanks Doreen for the reminder about gratitude. I have way more things to be thankful for than to complain about. List is pretty similar to yours. I would also add that I am grateful for the person my daughter has grown up to be.
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    • That’s awesome, Donna. Not being a parent, I haven’t had the privilege of raising a child. But I am always inspired by friends who have great kids as I know how proud they are of them. What does your daughter do?
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      • Donna Janke says:

        My daughter hasn’t settled on a particular career yet, but has and does work very hard at a number of jobs. She is interested in the healing arts and planning for upcoming training in that. She is certified as a yoga instructor. The more important thing is that she is a kind, caring and responsible person with a great sense of humour and a willingness to learn. And she writes too.
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        • Wonderful, Donna! I think it’s really cool how young people nowadays are taking their time in figuring out what/who they want to be. When we were young, we were encouraged to choose and pursue a career (or in some people’s cases … stay home and raise children.) What a different world it is today, with so many more opportunities.

  9. It’s good to be reminded that we need to focus on being grateful. We hear that a lot lately. I think it’s a good thing to keep top of mind.

    I’ve been thinking that, despite a blustery winter, I am grateful to live in London, Ontario. Canada is the best place in the world, IMHO. The people are great. I have money to keep my life comfortable and food and all the necessities of life, and more. I have a wonderful family, two sweet cats and lots of friends.

    Thank you for reminding me to remember this. 🙂
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    • You’re welcome, Suzanne, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I do think we need to be reminded to be grateful on an ongoing basis. It’s so easy to feel sorry for ourselves. To complain about the weather. To want more. But when we reflect on what we do have, as you have done, it makes us realize that things are really pretty darn good! 🙂
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  10. Doreen — thanks for reminding me of all the things I’m grateful for. Most of all I am grateful for my loving, wonderful, and enduring circle of friends and family. Everything else is far down the list.
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  11. A.K. Andrew says:

    What a fantastic list Doreen. There are times , especially when it’s cold and raining that I feell SO grateful to live in a warm safe house with a loving partner who supports me in all my ventures. Sometimes it takes adversity in some form or other to take the time to be thankful for what we have. And I’m also thankful for the wonderful online friends such as yourself that I have made over the past couple of years. Always a source of support an inspiration. Thanks Doreen:-)
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  12. Tim says:

    It is important to remember those things that we are grateful for and your list is a reminder of that. I have always felt very fortunate to be able to travel so I understand that one a lot.
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  13. Thx to everyone for engaging in such a great conversation about gratitude. I suddenly realized that I’d neglected to include “access to fresh, clean water” in my list of things to be grateful for. I guess it falls under having a ‘safe and comfortable home,’ so I’ll add reference to fresh water in with #3 in my list, but just wanted to make mention of it here for any of you who are subscribed to the comments thread. Thanks again for contributing to a great discussion. 🙂
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  14. Mark Kearney says:

    Nice reading for a winter afternoon, Doreen. I liked that number 3 about clean water. That is something I’m always grateful for and don’t take for granted. As Suzanne mentioned above, it’s so great to live in Canada and have all these wonderful things. You’ve pretty much won the lottery just by being born here or to live here. I’ve travelled all over the world and I’m always grateful to be back in Canada when I get home.

    • Hi Mark, and thanks so much for your comment. It’s always great to hear the male perspective on the various things we discuss on the blog. I wish you’d subscribe, or visit more often.

      Yes, aren’t we Canadians lucky, to have such a wonderful standard of living, and clean and safe environment in which to live. As much as I love to travel abroad, I love to come home to this great land.
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  15. Stacey says:

    Doreen, I loved reading your gratitude list! I especially liked #3 and 5, clean water and work you love. Clean, drinkable water is not available to everyone and work that you love, like you say, is a gift! To find it and then be able to work at something you love everyday makes for a fulfilling and happy life! You have inspired me to write my own top 10 gratitude list! This is a great exercise for the new year and to focus on what’s positive in life and abundant.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Stacey. I love it when you drop by the blog. We have such a great community here who is willing to open up and share insights into what makes them tick. That’s what I’ve tried to achieve on this blog, and it just occurred to me that it’s been 6 years in the making!
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  16. Thanks for the reminder to count our blessings every day Doreen. I have a lot to be grateful for too. Every day I am grateful for the health and safety of my loved ones, family and friends. We are both truly blessed.
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  17. As a child who was horribly abused when I was young, I was most grateful for anyone who would say a kind word, smile at me in passing, or give me a safe place to go. We often forget how desperate the person on the street may be and the tiny bit of muscle you use to give them a smile and a nod may make the difference in whether or not they wake up tomorrow.
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    • Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and experience with us, Peggy. I think you hit the nail on the head when you say that people who may have suffered past abuse may need that extra bit of encouragement in order to trust, because I think that for the most part, they are most likely to be hesitant to trust others after what may have happened to them in a relationship of trust.
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    • Hi Peggy. Sorry. I saw your first comment and assumed it was in reply to the post on trust, but see it was intended for the post on gratitude. Both equally important virtues!

      Thank you for making the point about how something as simple as a smile can give folks the encouragement to carry on when life seems all but dark.
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  18. Beautifully written. Got a calming effect on me and I appreciate all the simple blessings of life you mentioned. Being grateful is something that we should all practice everyday. Thanks for sharing.
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