In-Your-Face Gratitude

An attitude of gratitude – a catchy phrase singing in my brain this morning. A song set on repeat that won’t go away unless I address it.

Not that I would ever want that song to go away.

Several years ago, I read a book by Pam Grout called **Thank and Grow Rich: A 30 day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy (**indicates quotes from the book).

Her premise is that you wake each morning with the expectation that something “amazingly awesome” will happen. With that expectation, you draw in and think about (at least) three things for which you are thankful. She spends much of the book helping the reader to find gratitude in the big obvious, the mundane, and even the awful.

The gratitude I’m talking about in this book is anything but flimsy or 101. Let’s call it ferocious gratitude. In-your-face gratitude. None of the namby-pamby, sunshine-and-lollipops crap.**

Her hypothesis is that by changing our frequency to one of gratitude (she calls it D-Buzz, or God) we can change our lives, our outlook, our future.

With all of the turmoil in this world and our busy schedules who has time for Woo Woo Gratitude? I do. You do. Our lives depend on it because gratitude changes brain chemistry. Making the time to find gratitude, no matter your level of privilege, brings a richness to life that goes beyond society’s perception of wealth.


**When we don’t stop daily to inventory all the gazillion things going right in our lives, the crazy voices in our heads try to make us their bitch. 

In 2020, I’ll be testing a theory I regarding wellness, body image, and blood sugar control. My hypothesis as follows:

1) Wellness: If we are thankful for the parts of our life where we feel healthy and whole, we may be able to deemphasize disease or pain. The theory doesn’t minimize any battle you may be facing, but there isn’t harm in mentally reciting thank you for letting me breathe today at the same time we take a pill for lung disease or connect an oxygen tank.

2) Body Image: Praising and loving the thighs that carry us to work and play. Embracing the jiggle that gives us a joyful wiggle. If we focus on the body parts we don’t like, the self-loathing and hatred we feel becomes all that we can see. Our inner voice feeds a vicious cycle of poor body image and accompanying health habits.

3) Blood Sugar Control: Many times, the funky way we feel (hungry, tired, irritable, thirsty) can be because our blood sugar is out of whack. When that happens, we reach for simple sweets and quick energy. When placed with other intuitive eating practices, I suggest that striving for a gratitude phrase instead of a cookie may help long-term blood sugar control.

**When we don’t militantly count our blessings, the voices start jabbering, telling us that life sucks, that we suck. They’re like the ticker crawl at the bottom of a news broadcast, running continuously in a nonstop loop.

Now, it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? You don’t have to be a regular blogger with a website to participate. Sign in with a first name and an e-mail. Name three (or more) in the comments below. Be cheesy, be silly, be in-your-face-full-of-thankfulness. Shout it to the rooftops, proclaim it on Instagram or in the shower. Share your spirit and let your soul sing!

I know that something amazingly awesome is coming your way.

Birthday cake! Cake! Just cake! ~~Kid President

4 Comments on “In-Your-Face Gratitude

  1. I’m grateful for this cool reminder post to be more aware of my blessings. I’m also super thankful for my eyes so I can read books and posts. And my hips (especially the fake one that makes it so I can walk again–Hooray!). And i’m thankful for friends in my life (ones I see daily and ones like you that I only know through social media). I’m also super thankful for toilets and running water. Wouldn’t want to live without them. 🙂

  2. Thank you for Kid President’s video. I love him! So much to be thankful for, even when the going is tough. I’m thankful for my husband who is such a dependable provider. I’m thankful for my son who gives really great bear hugs (he’s over 6’ tall now!). And I’m thankful for friends old and new, ones I know IRL and those I’ve connected with only by virtue of the internet.

  3. Gratitude is a theme I really believe in. I say attitude is all we control and with gratitude we improve our attitude.
    on the less serious side I am grateful for ice cream.

  4. I am thankful for the reminder to be thankful; for the Ten Things of Thankful community that still thrives, and this week, for my lovely gf who has looked after me while I’ve been unwell.

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