This file includes gratitude and appreciation, miracle, thankfulness and thank you cards, blessings, peace, and pardon.
Also see Worry and Regret, Acceptance, Success and Failure, Attitude and That's Life.
Note: Songs about thankfulness, blessings, pardon, welcome, please, peacefulness, and miracles are at the bottom of the page.

Gratitude and Appreciation


The Things That Count

Count your garden by the flowers,
never by the leaves that fall.
Count your days by garden hours,
don't remember clouds at all.

Count your nights by stars, not shadows.
Count your years with smiles, not tears.
Count your blessing, not your troubles.
Count your age by friends, not by years.

Little Things

(Vickie Lambdin)

A summer's breeze, a smiling child,
A daffodil that's growing wild,
A deep orange sunset in the West;
Those little things, I love the best.

A still dark night with fireflies,
The laughter in my mother's eyes,
A multicolored rainbow's end . . .
Are little things that count, my friend.

A fuzzy warm puppy (licking my face),
Kisses with hugs and a loving embrace,
Rain pouring down on a roof made of tin,
Sitting under a shade (with soft gentle wind);

Those little things make life worth living.
Being kind to a stranger, caring and giving,
Laughing and sharing your hopes and your dreams;
There is nothing more precious than the little things.

What Kind of Day Shall I Choose Today?

Today I can complain about my health,
Or I can celebrate being alive.

Today I can moan that it is raining,
Or be joyful at all that grows from the rain.

Today I can regret all I don't have,
Or rejoice in everything I do.

Today I can mourn everything I have lost,
Or eagerly anticipate what's to come.

Today I can complain that I have to work,
Or celebrate having a job to go to.

Today I can resent the mess the kids make,
Or give thanks that I have a family.

Today I can whine about the housework,
Or celebrate having a home.

Today I can cry over those who don't care for me,
Or be happy loving and being loved by those who do.

I choose to have a good day!

Be Grateful

(Edgar Guest)

Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.

Stuff That Makes You Feel Good

Think about each one for a while before going on to the next . . .

Gratitude ABC List

A - abundance, adventures, air, ancestors, angels, animals, answers, anticipation, autumn, awe
B - babies, balance, beauty, best friend, birds, books, breath, brothers, butterflies
C - care, celebrations, challenge, change, chance, children, chocolate!, clarity, comfort, commitment, compassion, contentment, courage, creativity
D - dancing, dawn, day, delight, depth, determination, devotion, dignity, divinity, doctors, dusk
E - Earth, ease, email, emotions, encouragement, energy, enjoyment, enlightenment, enthusiasm, everything, experiences
F - faith, family, father, flowers, food, foresight, forgiveness, friends, fruit, fun
G - gardens, generosity, gentleness, gifts, giggles, God, goodness, grace, grandparents, grandchildren, guidance
H - hands to hold, happiness, harmony, harvest, healing, health, hearing, heart, heaven, heritage, holidays, home, hope, hugs, humor, husband
I - ideas, ideals, imagination, innocence, insight, integrity, intelligence, intuition
J - jokes, journals, journey, joy, judgment, justice
K - keepsakes, kin, kindness, kisses, knowledge
L - land, laughter, leaves, leisure, liberty, life, light, love, loyalty
M - mediation, memories, mercy, miracles, moment, moon, mother, music, mystery
N - nature, neighbors, night, nourishment, now, nurturing
O - oceans, offspring, offspringers (parents), oneness, optimism
P - parents, passion, path, patience, peace, power, prayer
Q - quality, quest, questions, quiet, quotes
R - radiance, rain, readiness, recreation, rest, rhythm, rituals, romance
S - seasons, sight, silence, silliness, simplicity, sisters, smiles, song, soul, spirit, sun, stars, spouse, spring, summer, sunrise, sunset, surprises
T - taste, teachers, thankfulness, thoughts, time, touch, traditions, trees, trust, truth
U - unconditional positive regard, understanding, uniqueness, unity, universe, USA
V - vacations, validation, values, variety, veterans, voice, vision
W - walking, water, weather, wellness, wholeness, wife, will, wind, winter, work, world, wisdom
X - eXperience, eXcursions, relaXation, XOX
Y - yearning, yes, yesterday, yin/yang, you, youth
Z - zeal, zest, zillion, zip

Gratitude ABC Album or Blessings Book

(Use these suggestions or ideas from the list above. Make an album for your bedside table.)

I (me)
Oranges (and other food)
Random Acts of Kindness
Silly stuff
United States of America
Vision (and other senses)
XXX (kisses)
Yummy (favorite foods)

Optional Number Section
1 husband
2 children
3 grandchildren
4 pets
5 of my favorite places
6 cousins
7 hobbies I enjoy
8 of my favorite people
9 months of pregnancy
10 ????

My Favorite Things

(Words by Oscar Hammerstein 2nd, Music by Richard Rodgers)

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles,
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses and blue satin sashes,
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
Silver white winters that melt into springs,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things
and then I don't feel so bad.


(Edna St. Vincent Millay)

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable--
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table.
We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
And the sun rose dripping, a bucket full of gold.

We were very tired, we were very merry--
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
We hailed "Good morrow, mother!" to a shawl covered head,
And bought a morning paper which neither of us read;
And she wept, "God bless you!" for the apples and pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.

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Quotes About Thankfulness

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something.
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations.
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge.
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary.
It means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Quotes for Thank You Cards

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Quotes About Blessings

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Sundial Poem

(from God's Garden by Dorothy Frances Gurney)

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anyplace else on earth.

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Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. (Melody Beattie)

True Peace

There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them.

One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw the picture thought it was a perfect picture of peace.

The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell, and in which lightening played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had her nest. There in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest.

The king chose the second picture as the winner. "Because," explained the king, "peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace."

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Miracles are Everywhere

Miracles are not only
ecstatic visions or holy interventions
visited upon the chosen few.
Every moment we are alive
is full of reasons to sing
out in joyful gratitude.
Every breath we are given
is a reminder that
the glory of life is at hand.
In the people we love,
in the beauty of nature,
in the golden sun
that rises each morning--
miracles are everywhere.

Songs about Miracles

Songs about Thankfulness

Songs about Blessings

Songs about Pardon

Songs about Welcome

Songs about Please

Songs about Peacefulness

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