Five Principles of Gratitude


little girl and teddy bearIn The United States, we are entering the Thanksgiving season. It’s a moment to stop and reflect on how much to be thankful for – your spouse, children, grandchildren, your health, your job, or even food on the table. Even if you have none of those things, you have life and the opportunity to grow and to change. That is a the greatest blessing of all and everyone has that.

Here are five simple principles of gratitude that help you achieve it.

  1. Acceptance – we may not always like the way things are. We may want to change them. Acceptance is not acquiesence. However, to feel gratitude, we must learn to accept what is in this moment. It does not mean giving up on the change we hope to create, but rather surrendering to what is at this moment.
  2. Appreciation – we experience more gratitude when we take the time to more fully appreciate the people around us and the many blessings that come into our lives. If you feel a lack of gratitude, things to be thankful for are right there for the remembering. (58 Things to be Thankful For)
  3. Giving Back – we often feel gratitude when we receive. However, the reciprocal nature of giving and receiving promises that the more we give the more we will receive. By giving, we are setting ourselves up for more opportunities for gratitude in our lives.
  4. Honesty – gratitude is definitely one of the most sincere, authentic emotions we can experience. There is nothing phony or contrived about true gratitude. It is a feeling of connection and genuine love for our time here on Earth.
  5. Happiness – Happiness and gratitude are inseparable twins. It’s almost impossible to be happy without a sense of gratitude and certainly gratitude breeds happiness. If you want to feel more gratitude, be more happy. If you want to be happier, try a little more gratitude.

I recently wrote and recorded three gratitude affirmations and posted them to my website.These affirmations are written to help you remember to be thankful for the wonderful things in your life.

Click Gratitude Affirmations to view the text of these affirmations, hear excerpts, or download them in mp3 format.

Stay inspired and be thankful!


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Hurricane Gustav Closes on New Orleans – The Affirmation Spot

Focus on the Best Possible Outcome!

Hurricane Gustav continues its march towards New Orleans. It now appears that the Category 3 storm will come ashore just west of New Orleans sometime Monday morning. Forecasters are predicting the storm’s most dangerous eastern edge will strike the city ravaged by Hurricane Katrina just three years ago.

It really is amazing that people whose homes were finally rebuilt after Katrina are now facing the risk of loss again. Meanwhile, the thousands who remain in trailers three years later may see their dream of returning home pushed back even further.

There are many groups and organizations mobilizing the help in the expected relief. Here are some links to some other reputable charitable organizations mobilizing to help with Gustav. I hope you will consider helping the charitable organization of your choice as we work together to help those about to be affected by Gustav.

Political Campaign Responses

Let’s all focus our thoughts on the best possible outcome for our friends on the Gulf Coast and our actions on doing what we can to help.

Stay inspired!



Oprah’s ‘Big Give’ is a Big Winner – The Affirmation Spot for Monday March 3, 2008

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ray_launchpad.jpgWhat Ray’s reading right now:

April and I are reading A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. This is the latest Oprah’s Book Club selection. Oprah and the author Eckhart Tolle are hosting a 10-week online course covering this book beginning Tonight Monday March 3. They recommend reading the book before the class. You can register for free at

Big March MP3 Affirmation Sale!

Take your positive thoughts with you wherever you go. During the month of March Download any two mp3 affirmations from The Affirmation and get a third mp3 affirmation free. There are no limits! You can download 20 and get 10 free. Simply type the word “blog” into the coupon field at checkout. Thanks for getting your audio affirmations at The Affirmation Spot! Click here to view, hear excerpts, or download affirmations.

Today’s featured affirmation is:

“I make my world. My world is what I make of it and I choose to make it a compassionate place to be.”
Download an audio version of this affirmation at The Affirmation


I hope you’ll indulge me for a moment today as I wish my mom a happy 64th birthday. Happy Birthday, mom!oprah.jpg

Hats off to Oprah Winfrey. Her new reality show – ‘The Big Give’ – is a big winner. This show might just redeem reality TV as something capable of delivering real value. The genre seems riddled with people back-stabbing, lying, and cheating their way to some giant cash prize.

‘The Big Give’ is quite different. The first episode aired Sunday evening on ABC. Once again, Oprah renewed her credentials as America’s matriarch of the heart.The show’s premise is simple. 10 contestants were divided into five teams. Each team was given a person’s name and photograph, directions to his or her house, $5,000, and five days to make as big a difference as possible in their assigned person’s life.

The recipients ranged from a woman with two small children who had lost her husband in a tragic retail store shooting just six weeks before to a homeless mother of two teenagers who had left an abusive relationship and was trying to get her life on track to a graduating UCLA medical student from the inner city determined to give back and inspire kids from the inner city that they can make something of themselves.

Each week one person is eliminated until ‘The Biggest Giver’ is crowned and is awarded a $1 million dollar prize as a reward for the giving they create during the series. The contestants do not know they are vying for this prize. Each contestant is on the show because they are committed to making a difference.

‘Give’ leaves the viewer feeling good and ready to go out and contribute something in the world today. Perhaps the show’s most important gift, though, is that it reminds all of us that we are not alone. When the need is real and request sincere there are always people willing to step up and help us.

I’m sure those who make a career out of despising Oprah will find some way to criticize giving people a reason to demonstrate generosity and concern for their fellow human beings. When they do shame on them!

Our world is full of givers. With ‘The Big Give’, Oprah is capturing that generosity in an entertaining and inspiring way.

Be peaceful Be positive Be prosperous!


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