Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks: Top 8 Websites on Gratefulness

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For what we are about to receive let us be thankfulA key component to taking the first step towards changing your life and bravely going after your dream is being grateful for where you are right now.  Big dreamers understand the importance of recognizing what is currently working in their lives.

When you begin to be grateful for the little things, it is like adding water and sunshine to a seed.  Suddenly you find that your life blossoms as your gratitude list grows.

“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 on gratitude

If you need help getting started, or aren’t sure how to start the process of being grateful, we’ve compiled the top websites on gratefulness and gratitude for you to explore.

Top 8 Websites on Gratefulness

1. 365 Grateful

365 Grateful is project created by Hailey Bartholomew. In early 2008, in an effort to fight depression, Hailey started a year-long photographic project which involved taking one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Initially this was a chore but eventually it became a delight. The discipline of having to look for the good things that happened every day changed her life in so many ways. Hailey found not only her marriage, spiritual life and health improved, but this project accidentally, wondrously spread and affected the lives of many others.

2. I Am Thankful

This web site belongs to you, the visitor. I Am Thankful was created to spread the message about the power of Gratitude and to encourage the practice thereof. It is to be used as a tool and enjoyed as a worldwide display of what can spring from simply seeing the abundance that is yours. Use the free gratitude journal to cultivate your own sense of abundance daily or weekly, send free e-cards to people who enrich your life, submit a colorful postcard to spread your thankfulness around the globe, or make a gift purchase to brighten someone’s day. Most of all, say THANK YOU, today and every day to the many forces of life that support you ceaselessly.

3. A Network for Grateful Living

A Network for Grateful Living provides education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic, based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast and colleagues. Gratefulness — the full response to a given moment and all it contains — is a universal spiritual practice that inspires personal transformation, cross-cultural understanding, interfaith dialogue, inter-generational respect, nonviolent conflict resolution, and ecological sustainability.

4. Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Their mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 660,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.

5. The Attitude of Gratitude Project

Author and inspirational speaker Valerie Saurer was inspired by her voice teacher, the late Dr. Vernon Boushell, to raise awareness of the importance of gratitude in improving the quality of our collective lives. In his last days, Dr. Boushell made her promise to teach what he had taught her. Since she didn’t feel qualified to be a voice teacher, she vowed to keep her promise by teaching others to keep an Attitude of Gratitude. To that end, Valerie created The Attitude of Gratitude Project, a movement designed to encourage people to develop the daily habit of expressing gratitude for all that is right in our world. This Living Gratitude Blog is an extension of that Project. Through these posts, we can all learn to see our world through grateful eyes, even in the midst of life’s challenges.

6. Gratitude Log

A website that is all about spreading and sharing gratitude and appreciation online. Touted as the happiest place on the Internet, it’s a community for spreading gratitude and appreciation. Open to shiny, happy people, businesses, and organizations the world over.

7. Thanking of You

Thanking of You is a free, Web-based forum for posting and discovering stories of gratitude (messages of thanks) to recognize, affirm and honor the people who have made a difference in our lives. Based on the concepts that “the deepest sense of gratitude thrives at the level by which goodness is recognized, affirmed and honored for the benefit of others” and that “gratitude is the most sustainable and renewable of all human resources” for its inherent ability to inspire goodness and to naturally fuel its continuum.

8. One Thousand Gifts

One Thousand Gifts is a celebration of grace and a recognition of the power of gratitude. The website of bestselling author, Ann Voskamp, who, against a backdrop of significant life challenges, was dared by a friend to write down 1,000 gifts. What started as an effort to name everyday blessings like “jam piled high on toast” and “cry of a blue jay high in the spruce” has grown into a worldwide movement of individuals recognizing and giving thanks for the simple moments in life.

Take some time today to find something in your life that you are grateful for and bless it everyday. Before you know it, you will find your dream life coming true.

In gratitude.

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  • I am grateful for amazing editors in chief who just know when to step in and support those around her. I am grateful for my friends and family and for the opportunities that have yet to show themselves and kick my ass. I am grateful for the time I spend with my beautiful family and how my love of photography keeps me smiling even when I feel like everything else is turning to crap.
    xox Rem Thank you for this week’s CMA post….you are very gracious.

  • I am grateful to you, our readers who silently (and sometimes vocally) cheer us on here at 8 Women Dream. I am grateful for the 7 other women who have decided to join me here on 8 Women Dream — I am truly blessed to know them. I am grateful for the women who have dreamed with us in the past on 8 Women Dream and have moved on to wonderful experiences in their lives. I am grateful to be able to share my dream journey. I am grateful for my family and my many friends.

    And most of all I am grateful for my son.