Day 22 of the January Money Diet – Write 5 Things

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The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu wrote:

“Be content with what you have;

rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking

the whole world belongs to you.”


Practicing Gratitude

How much richer my life is when I find contentment in the sweet, simple moments of daily life.

Too easily, I can slip into being critical and focusing on things that aren’t happening according to my expectations. What I’ve learned is that if I instead try to see my life through the eyes of a grateful heart, I’m more accepting and content.

Gratitude and abundance also seem to be linked in a mysterious way. Perhaps it has to do with money’s origin as an expression of gratitude for goods and services. When I am grateful, I not only appreciate the blessings around me but it seems that more goodness comes my way.

When I lapse into negative thinking, the opposite is also true. When I was about eight years old, I remember sitting in a sea of crumpled wrapping paper and asking “Is that all there is?” after opening presents on Christmas morning. My parents’ incredulous reaction made quite an impression on me, and I learned first-hand that ingratitude never inspires blessings.

Making a List

Gratitude journal at Happy Simple Living blogA few years ago, I started writing in a gratitude journal and writing five things each morning for which I was grateful. The practice encouraged me to look back on the past 24 hours and recall all the good aspects of the day, and I also discovered I was more aware of special moments and simple blessings as they occurred. I soon filled the little book, and began another. Now I keep the journal by the chair where I sit each morning to drink my coffee, pray and meditate, and I write it in often.

How about you?

If you’d like to try practicing gratitude, I invite you to write 5 things in the Comments section of this page for which you’re grateful today. I always love hearing your thoughts and ideas.


Poet Kahil Gibran wrote:

“Wake at dawn with winged heart and

give thanks for another day of loving.”


It’s a beautiful Friday, and I am grateful for each one of YOU.


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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 22 of the January Money Diet – Write 5 Things

  • Wanzer

    I am grateful for…
    1. The Lord
    2. Family and friends
    3. Good health
    4. Great memories of my Mom, Dad & in-laws
    5. Being debt-free

  • Lynn Louise

    I am grateful for Jesus my savior.
    I am grateful for the pure white snow. (I think we need more of it as God and nature intended it to be cold and snowy in the winter to give rest and a blanket to the earth)
    I am grateful for my husband, family and true friends who are all there day to day and times when you need them most.
    I am grateful for the health of my family. Without health, nothing else matters.
    I am grateful for all the graces God has given me: My warm home, food, my job, my morals and values, my animals, my work ethic, the ability to write this post.
    I am grateful for our safe country that we live in. Many people are not so lucky.

  • Elizabeth

    Grateful for:
    – A secure job
    – My sister
    – My cats
    – Heat
    – Health insurance

    Big things. Important things.

  • Colette

    I am grateful for God’s amazing grace.
    I am grateful for travel mercies on treacherous, icy roads today when my windshield wipers stopped working.
    I am grateful to have
    my parents after both suffered serious health issues.
    I am grateful for a new puppy, and a time to heal the loss of our beloved 12 year old dog.
    I am grateful to enjoy having wood heat.

  • Kim

    I am grateful for each new day.
    I am grateful for my loving family.
    I am grateful for my wonderful kitty that makes me laugh.
    I am grateful for my warm, cozy home.
    I am grateful for the wonderful friends in my life.

  • I’m grateful for . . .
    1. A season of renewal in my marriage.
    2. A beautiful home for us and those in need.
    3. The arrival of this year’s seed packets!
    4. Opportunities to be a blessing, even if they involve a lot of work.
    5. Looking forward to watching the game Sunday with family members I love.

  • Tina

    I am grateful to have Jesus in my life.
    I am grateful for my loving family.
    I am grateful for the work of my hands.
    I am grateful for being able to provide for my family.
    I am grateful for my healthy body.

  • – Grateful for the warm weather
    – Grateful for Jasper & Smoky making me smile
    – Grateful for my dishwasher (it’s the little things)
    – Grateful for CatMan
    – Grateful for my crazy dysfunctional childhood, which gave me the courage to choose a different path

    • Your list brought tears to my eyes, CatLady. Leave it to you to see the silver lining in your earlier years and create your own uniquely rich life. I have learned a lot from you over the years, and I am grateful! xo

  • Marissa

    Grateful for having my son and my mother in my life, a roof over our head, a good job, for a wonderful birthday lunch with my workmates, and the opportunity to wake to yet another beautiful morning with birds chirping and sun shining. Truly thankful for these blessings in my life.

  • Vesta

    1) Grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ
    2) Grateful to be recovering from pneumonia
    3) Grateful for the friends who have delivered food to me this week
    4) Grateful for warmer weather (above freezing)
    5) Grateful for talents that I use in my spare time – crocheting and counted cross stitch

  • Catharine

    Grateful for the warming stew my grandson made for lunch.
    Grateful for being able to walk the dogs in the park.
    Grateful the Sun came out for a while this afternoon.
    Grateful for a loving family.
    Grateful for my morning cup of tea.

    Thinking of those of you in the Snow, keep warm x

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