Gratitude for people

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Me and my mom
Me and my mom

People are arguably one of the most important aspects of life if not the most important.  Heck, I am an introvert and I still realize that the people in my life are more precious than anything else.  I am deeply grateful for the people that are in my life today and that have been in my life.

People I am grateful for

I’m going to share about the people I’m grateful for, but hopefully this will inspire you to think about the people that you’re the most grateful for.

I am grateful for many of the people that have been in my life in the past.  Some of those people I miss sometimes, but I try to focus on being grateful that they were in my life at some point.  I am the person that I am today because of those people.  When I look back at my life, I have been very blessed to have many amazing people in it.

There are some people that I’m grateful aren’t in my life anymore.  I think that’s an OK thing to be grateful for, even if it sounds a little spiteful.  Hey, none of us are perfect. Many of those people I’m even grateful that they were in my life for whatever lessons I learned from dealing with them.

I am grateful for my family- especially for my parents, both biological and otherwise.  Family aren’t always the people that we’re related to.  I am grateful that I was born into a family that has the values it does.  My parents have differing view on many topics but they both always valued education, reading, logic and thinking for oneself.  They taught me to be independent, but have supported me along the way.

I am grateful for the people that are kind of in my circles like the friendly people at yoga that I see on a regular basis.  Sometimes I’m grateful for encounters with strangers- a friendly smile, a kind word, an unexpected compliment or a door held open.

I am grateful for the people that motivate and inspire me like the musicians I listen to, the authors I read, and the podcasters I listen to.  There’s tons of people on this list but lately I’ve been digging Anne Lammot (author of Bird by Bird), Hal Elrod (author of The Miracle Morning and host of the Achieve Your Goals Podcast), and Brian Johnson (Philosopher’s Notes).

And the best for last.  I am grateful to the small handful of people that I am closest to today.  OK, maybe it’s not even a full handful.  Maybe more like just a few fingers.  Hopefully fingers that are still attached to a hand because otherwise it would be creepy.


A few more thoughts on people and gratitude

Gratitude can help you to feel better about relationships.

Gratitude can be a powerful way to change the way we feel about a relationship.  Remembering to focus on the things that we appreciate about others makes a huge difference.  It is often all too easy to think about the things that we don’t like about people.  Putting the focus on the things we do like helps us to feel better about the people in our lives.  Maybe it’s a little morbid, but one thing that can help with that is thinking about what you would miss about them if they died or to be less permanent, broke up with you or moved away.  Of course, if you can’t think of anything you would miss, maybe you shouldn’t keep them in your life.  I’ve written recently in gratitude for my home and gratitude for my job about how taking time for gratitude can really change our perspective about something and our relationships are no different.

Express gratitude for other people.

Everybody likes to hear that they’re important, that they mean something to you or that you appreciate whatever they’ve done to contribute to your life.  Take time to let other people know that you’re grateful for them.

Gratitude is a great thing to share

Share your gratitude with others.  Let the people in your life know what you’re grateful for.  Tell them about the positive things and your successes.  Take time to do things with others that you can be grateful for together- enjoying the sunrise or accomplishing a goal or seeing little frogs.

You might also like to read the power of gratitude and daily gratitude.  

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