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How Appreciation Changes Your Heart – Changes Your Life
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The ‘appreciative heart’ is a healing antidote of peace, joy and beauty – the necessary soothing balm for brokenness and stresses of life.

Gratitude changes your attitudes – changes your life.


Gratitude brings alive what is good in life and may be even more valuable in difficult times.

Every thanksgiving season we are reminded about the amazing benefits of being thankful and appreciative which in turn gifts us with a beautiful mind and improved overall well-being.

Today is a gift. The only appropriate response is gratefulness.

Being grateful to be living fully alive. Cultivate that response.

See below to watch a beautiful video on {Being Grateful}

Being thankful keeps us close to God, improves relationships and increases happiness. Feeling gratitude and appreciation in your heart is literally one of the most accurate ways of experiencing the presence of God in your life.

Celebrate The 12 Days of Thanksgiving

Time to prepare our hearts for the countdown tradition of celebrating The 12 Days of Thanksgiving.


Then learn to live being grateful for every day – for all things.

Let the celebrations begin.

Tomorrow I host a gathering in my home. Next week I join Pam Farrel and the Seasoned Sisters. http://www.seasonedsisters.com

These are sacred times of expressing gratitude together.

Counting my blessings, writing tags to put on my Thankful Tree.

Allowing gratefulness to overflow into blessings around me.

Making gratitude lists in my journal – of people, provisions, situations – expressing appreciation to God for the grand and simple things of life that I never want to take for granted.

Appreciating the people who enrich and energize me.

Being thankful for the ordinary everyday essentials I do have {balancing brokenness for beauty}. Appreciating what friends and others suffering through storms don’t have right now.

Two legs to walk on

Electricity, running water, a bed to sleep in, a roof over my head

Peace in my neighborhood. 

Create your own Thankful Tree

Write what you are grateful for on tags and hang them on large branches or a small leafless tree.

{Click here} to download a colorful tag template.

Invite friends and family to add to the thankful tree. Then continue to use the tree in preparing for celebrating Christmas during Advent, and Easter during Lent. {More to come}

Write hand written thank you notes

We all enjoy and need to be loved and appreciated. Benefits of expressing gratitude and appreciation through hand written thank you notes also flows back to us. Express thanks to God in a gratitude journal, in prayer and worship.

The Appreciative Heart

According to the ‘gratitude doctors’, feeling genuine gratitude and appreciation in your heart – literally – changes the state of your body and the neurons of your brain. It counteracts other negative states such as fear, stress and anger. So cultivate appreciation in your heart.

{Click here} to download the {Appreciative Heart Reflection Exercises}

The benefits keep you on a flourishing path – less stress, a healthier body, higher energy level, vitality, optimism, better memory and positive emotions like hope and happiness.

Open your heart and let blessings flow through you. Let gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you. Then it will really be a good day.

Thank you for reading this blog.

May you be blessed by being grateful in many creative and beautiful ways, experiencing the gift of God’s increased love, joy and peace.

Question: In the midst of the challenges and stresses of life, what are you still most grateful for today?

How do you celebrate being grateful? 


2 Responses to How Appreciation Changes Your Heart – Changes Your Life

  1. Lynette Schenk /

    November 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Great post! I love the tree idea. 🙂

  2. Amy Alves /

    December 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

    You’re an inspirational woman Catherine… thank you! ~ Blessings out, Amy Alves

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