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Day 30 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: 5 Amazing Videos to Inspire You to Develop the Practice of Gratitude in Your Everyday Life!

This is day 30 of The Feeling Grateful Blog Series. I am humbled by the individuals who raised their hand and said YES! to my request of participating in this series. My heart is full of appreciation for those who submitted their responses on why they are feeling grateful, and for those of you who embraced the series as readers and took the time to share many of the posts with your network. 

Each of your efforts made this the most viewed series that I have published on Grow Forward &Flourish to date and the most successful. Thank you.

As a way of thanking each of you, this last post in the series showcases 5 Amazing Videos to Inspire You to Develop a Practice of Gratitude in Your Everyday Life.  Enjoy!

Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

Brené Brown on Joy and Gratitude

Jane Ransom: Discover the Three Keys of Gratitude to Unlock Your Happiness & Life

Gratitude Meditation

Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey on Abundance and Gratitude
Thank you for being apart of this amazing jou…

#FeelingGrateful by Catisha Asbury

This is Day 29 of the 30-Day "Feeling Grateful" Blog Series on Grow Forward & Flourish. My heart is full of gratitude because of individuals like Catisha Asbury, who raised her hand and said YES! I'll be a part of encouraging others to embrace the power of gratitude in their everyday lives by sharing reasons why I feel grateful. Thank you Catisha!

Catisha Asbury has been a born again Christian since 1996 and was called into ministry in 1999.  God has enabled her to serve in the Body of Christ as a street preacher, intercessor, youth minister, spoken word poet, and now called to pastor.  
She began as ministry director, Women of Harvest in 2011.  Women of Harvest based on Luke 10:2 has ministered in coaching/encouragement to women and consult with them in ministry.  “The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.  Pray to the Lord to send forth laborers.”  The ministry had a name change to Seeds of Harvest and has expanded to men, women, and youth.  The internet via…

Day 28 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: The Most Powerful Gratitude Practice You're Not Doing by Marie Forleo

In a recent post on her website, Marie Forleo states, "Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, the most fundamental practice to quickly transform your life — any time of year — is gratitude.”
She goes on to say, “Gratitude is simply a deep and genuine sense of appreciation for what you have in your life. For things big and small. For the air you breathe; the unconditional love of your pet; for blessing of someone who loves you.”
Marie asserts, “And this shouldn’t just be an intellectual or mental exercise, it should touch you and fill you up emotionally. Because when you genuinely fill yourself up with the emotion of appreciation, it changes how you feel and it completely alters the actions you take and, therefore, the results you’ll create.”
In the following video, Marie shares a “simple yet highly effective and science-backed way to take your gratitude practice to the next level.”

Marie Forleo is one of my go-to people on the Internet for practical advice on how to create and li…

#FeelingGrateful by Jackie Capers-Brown

Gratitude in our heart is a reflection of our appreciation for our life. For me, this includes being grateful for the good and the not-so good. I have come to realize that I’ve learned just as much, if not more, about life, who I am and the strength of my spirit from difficulties as I have from my successes.
Gratitude sustains my faith in God's faithfulness and my belief that each of us have so much more potential to be realized.

As I celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I am grateful for following the call in my soul to start this blog five years ago. It has truly expanded my way of thinking and being beyond what I could have imagined. As I make plans to move my blog from Blogger to the Rainmaker Platform, I'm excited about how this new platform will enable me to expand my intention of helping people champion themselves and become the hero of their story.
Tiffany Shlain stated, “When we are in the womb-the umbilical cord keeps us connected to something larger than ourselves. When…

#FeelingGrateful by Tamara Canzater

Tamara is a wife, mother, friend, daughter, entrepreneur and community activist. She became an entrepreneur in 2006 when she decided to create a business from her passion for cooking. She started a family run catering business called Creative Cooking.
On October 21, 2013 she started a non-profit called Woman to Woman Entrepreneurs' Association with the goal of empowering women entrepreneurs by offering networking opportunities that provide them with valuable resources, education and support.
On October 21, 2014 the City of Columbia recognized Tamara and Woman to Woman Entrepreneurs' Association with a proclamation for the efforts she and her organization have demonstrated toward promoting and supporting women entrepreneurs.  The City of Columbia declared October 21, 2014 as Woman to Woman Entrepreneurs' Association Day in Columbia SC. 
Tamara feels that her experiences have given her a purpose for her journey. She aims to continue to promote, support, and bring awareness to…

#Feeling Grateful by Tamara L. Dean

Tamara L. Dean is the visionary for PrayHers. PrayHers is amindsetthat positions women to give birth to their dreams by sowing their gifts, talents, and prayers into the dreams of other women.  Tamara believes, “When women of faith come together with a sincere heart before God, praying one for another, we access more power to give birth to our dreams."
It is Tamara's passion to help women across cultural lines fulfill their God-given assignment. Instead of preying on each other's accomplishments, Tamara encourages women to pray for each other's success.  This idea birthed the brand, PrayHers. Tamara believes that as you sow into HERS you will reap YOURS.
Tamara is touching the hearts of many with her new book, PrayHers 31-Day Challenge - In Hers is Yours."This is a book that demonstrates how rewarding it can be to pray other women out of the pit and into their rightful place of authority and blessings." Tamara L. Dean is a graduate of Central Michigan Universit…

Day 24 of The #FeelingGrateful Blog Series: How Can I Give Thanks When I Don't Feel Grateful? Overcoming Five Obstacles to Appreciating Life by Stephen Russell-Lacy

Research on gratitude summarised by Dr Robert Emmons has been conducted on thousands of people around the world. Those who practice gratitude tend to be more creative, bounce back more quickly from adversity, have a stronger immune system, and have stronger social relationships than those who don't practice gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

The trouble is, you might doubt whether it is possible to cultivate a grateful attitude when you feel anything but thankful? Five obstacles stand in the way to better appreciating the good things in life.

1. Lack of time for reflection

However busy you are e.g. seeing to the kids, earning a living, doing all the practical chores, chasing your tail, it is surely possible to create a little time just once a week to recall some good things you have experienced, and put pen to paper to focus your mind.

2. Unrealistic expectation
Instead of feel…