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Gratitude, A Practice, A Habit

by Vidya Sury November 11, 2013 9 comments

I am delighted to announce that I have a guest post on Corinne’s blog, Everyday Gyaan today as part of her Living Gratitude Series. She will be featuring some great bloggers with their views on gratitude along with resources to help you focus on the  attitude of gratitude.

I am blown away by her wonderful introduction to me and I don’t mind confessing I shed a few tears.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Cicero

“If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” Meister Eckhart

Please may I invite you to head over to Corinne’s blog and read my post…

Gratitude – the key to true happiness

Thank you for inviting me, Corinne. I am honored to be here today as part of your Living Gratitude series.


When I was going through a tough time at one point in my life, my Mother suggested we play a quick game. She said, let’s take a sheet of paper each and quickly list all the things we’re grateful for, till date. For good measure, we gave ourselves 3 minutes. I was overwhelmed to realize that my list kept growing. I was even more overwhelmed to see my Mom’s list.


From that day on, whenever I feel low, I quickly list ten things I am grateful for. And just the sight of that list has me feeling great again. It is now a happy habit my son also practices.


Practice is key with gratitude.
And gratitude the key to happiness.

living gratitude vidya sury

 And here’s a beautiful poem I’d like to share with you

Be Thankful ~ Author Unknown

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Today, I am grateful that you are here.

With love,


What are you grateful for, dear friends?

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richmiraclefiles November 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Hi Vidya,
It is with gratitude that we begin to feel fulfilled.That is, ‘filled with fullness’.And that alone defines true affluence.
So glad that you brought up this subject,because this is one of those priceless attributes that we can never overplay.The more thankful we are the better it si for the whole world.
Gratitude carries the potency of immediate manifestation.It also makes us humble,and it strengthens us beyond measure.
Consider this;If you think and thank enough then success,achievement,confidence , fulfillment,abundance,prosperity,happiness ,good fortunewill inevitably fill your life to the brim with corresponding results.
It’s often when something is not readily available to you that you begin to value it the most. When you do have it ,it disappears into the dense undergrowth of your desires and endless aspirations. You remain a pauper even while having the limitless abundance of the world at your feet.Don’t forget “your value alone adds genuine lustre to your gold”
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Philip V Ariel November 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Hi Vidya,
This is really great!
The subject Gratitude itself is a big subject.
And ha, the poem Be Thankful speaks volume!!
Thanks for sharing this.
I am now on my way to Corinne’s blog, Everyday Gyaan
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Jairam Mohan November 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

Loved your post on Everyday Gyaan and have left behind my thoughts in the Comments section.
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Proactive Indian November 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm

‘Be Thankful ~ Author Unknown’ is really very meaningful.
Just a couple of days back, I told somebody that it’s only because of the not-good people that we appreciate good people!
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Kathy November 13, 2013 at 12:58 am

I am grateful for my husband, my children, my pets, and the job I get to do every once in a while. I really enjoy it. I am so grateful for the gifts God has given me. Beautiful article here, and on Corinne’s site.
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Rae Buchanan November 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I loved this post and I am blessed that my parents instilled this concept to me very young. I am so very thankful every day. I think that this type of introspection makes me also feel such empathy of those people without a lot. Good family is so important! Thanks Vidya and Corinne!
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Vishnu November 14, 2013 at 3:02 am

I am grateful for this post Vidya. Our unfulfilled dreams, failures, shortcomings and mistakes are what we’re often not thankful for. But it’s these low points that give us lifelong lessons, growth and character.

Heading over to Corinne’s blog

Latha November 15, 2013 at 2:28 am

left my two cents at Corinne’s space. But came back here to tell you again, I am grateful for reading this post, vidya. Hugs!!
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Robert November 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

Thanks a lot for this great post Vidja. I started practicing 10 minutes of daily gratitude a while ago and I have to say, it really transformed my life.

The more time I spend in this energy of joy and gratitude, the more events I attract into my life for which I can feel even more joy and gratitude.
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