What Oprah Knows About the Power of Gratitude

There is always something that you can be grateful for.

You can start by just saying,

I am grateful for my breath.

Oprah knows that if you don’t have anything to be thankful for, you should start by just being grateful for your breath. Focus on the good you have, not the lack of it, because whatever gets your attention will increase the energy of gratitude. That’s how joy rises.

What are you grateful for today?

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  1. Tamara on January 15, 2022 at 9:49 am

    For over 20 years I have been having trouble sleeping.
    Today I’m grateful for a pretty good night’s sleep. Woke up around 4am but managed to fall back asleep soon.
    I’m also grateful for not having big plans today, allowing me to write.

    Happy Weekend!

    • Shepherds Run Farm on January 15, 2022 at 9:52 am

      No big plans today is a good thing. Same here. The weather is atrocious, 22 degree temps with a strong wind so wind chill in the single digits. Plan to focus on writing and doing some cleaning. A great way to spend a Saturday. Good luck with your writing.

      • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm

        I love a good Saturday relaxing, reading, or maybe binge-watching a good series. Sundays are also good for that as well.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      Glad you got a good night’s sleep! It certainly affects me when I do not get enough. I think sleep is something that a lot of people take for granted because they can sleep. It is only when they do NOT get a good night’s sleep that they realize it.

  2. Shepherds Run Farm on January 15, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Had a quote from Oprah taped to my bedroom mirror for years about being appreciative of the things one has. Your post made me wonder where it was placed after my move. May have to go see if I can put my hands on it. Been a while since I have seen it.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      You can always create a different one. Or a different quote from her, or someone else!

  3. Sinziana on January 15, 2022 at 9:55 am

    I am always grateful for my family! I love many things, I have passions and hobbies, I like material things…I am a human, but the most important is my family…I am grateful for it and praise God for keeping them healthy!

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:14 pm

      Family is so important! I agree!

  4. Brenda Marie Fluharty on January 15, 2022 at 11:50 am

    I have always tried to be grateful for the little things that we often forget about. Like being able to walk and smell the flowers.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      It is the little things that make life wonderful. It is good to take note of what those are and be grateful for them! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Martha on January 15, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    I just signed up for your daily Gratitude Burst! Great way to start a day an a good note, thank you Paul! I’m grateful for my health and that I’m able to help others.

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      You *JUST* signed up for it? How can that be – lol!

  6. Hanna on January 15, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Started of this year with daily gratitude journal and I have to say I love it

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:22 pm

      Keep it going, Hanna!

  7. Kebba Buckley Button on January 15, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Paul, I love that Oprah took up the torch of gratitude some years ago. I am *grateful* that she popularized the idea of a gratitude journal. I teach that the surest route to joy is through gratitude, and you’ve said it so well. I am *grateful* that you promote gratitude!

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 3:23 pm

      It is easy to promote it! This is a passion of mine!

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