So, it's All About Gratitude, huh?

Welcome! My name is Paul B. Taubman II, and I started blogging All About to help express my gratitude towards everything around me. I found that life gets better and better the more I think about people, places, things, actions, abilities, thoughts, and feelings when I feel grateful for them in my life.

I have been asked many times, “Paul, when did you develop such an interest in gratitude?” The short answer is that it has developed all my life. The longer answer is that it started early on as a child, and circumstances were ripe for me to start to appreciate the
things that I had (instead of caving and focusing on the things that I did not have). A prime example of this was my college experience.

When I went to college (I graduated from  Rochester Institute of Technology), at the time, there was no way that my Father and Mother could afford it! I had the mindset that if I could get admitted, I would attend, and I would figure out the money later on. I was excited when I did get my acceptance letter from the Admissions Department that invited me up for the next 5-years (yup! it was designed to be 5-years… 4-years of studies and 1 year of Co-op experience). My college experience, tuition payments, and lack of funds is a whole other story for another time.

But when I was in college, I ended up buying two new cars for my family. Now, I didn’t have a job at the time – I was working just to pay for college, and I am not sure how I managed all of that.

But the point is, at the time, all my friends thought I was crazy! They were asking me,  “What are you doing? Children don’t buy cars for their parents! It is the other way around! Parents are supposed to do things for their kids. ” And I remember saying to them, “You know what? They have done a lot for me, they have helped me out, they have provided for me all these years, and if this is something I can do for them, that’s what I am going to do.”

Looking back, it was at this point I realized that I was grateful for what they did and how they raised me. Gratitude has been around for quite a long time. As things continued, I just continued to share and give and do for anyone that needed something like that.

Once I realized that having a certain level of gratitude can make life easier, I simply continued to look on the bright side, be grateful, and enjoy life.

As a matter of fact, I am grateful that you are reading this right now! I thank you with all the gratitude in my heart.

Paul B. Taubman, II, aka, The Gratitude Guru, is the founder of the website Paul has been spreading gratitude and happiness for over 3 decades. As an international speaker and trainer, Paul utilizes his talents to help individuals shift their mindsets to become more grateful and empower them to live a more rewarding life.

Using simple techniques, Paul helps people enrich their lives and helps them move past feelings of despair, pity, misery, and gloom and moves them towards joy, love, happiness, and of course, gratitude.

For your free Gratitude Burst, visit


  1. Blair Bauman on June 22, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I just found your site, not even sure how. I live the law of attraction through gratitude. I am a 42 yr. young male,and I have been crying like a little girl lately. I am so grateful for everything that I well up w/ tears often!!! The funny thing is It doesn’t bother me to share that.

  2. andra harryndra on July 5, 2009 at 12:10 am

    great site. really inspired by your blogs. please check out my blogs. . thx alot =))


  3. cheryl on July 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi Paul,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog at – where Gratitude pours through me as inspired by my expressive art. I have another blog, that’s dedicated to discovering the sacred in the ordinary and the art in our every day…and giving thanks for it. Your All About Gratitude is one more beautiful presence in my life. I thank you for helping to keep the blessings of gratitude in the forefront of my mind. I hope you enjoyed Disney… and also remember to Celebrate You!! Peace, Cheryl

  4. Heidi on July 20, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Hi, Paul,

    Just heard a about your site during a teleseminar with Bob Proctor. I’m grateful I did. Your sincerity and appreciation is grounding and motivating. Thank you for sharing your thoughts:)

  5. Annie Zirkel on October 17, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Nice blog.
    I wanted to invite you and any of your readers to join our free project – 30 Days of Gratitude – from Nov 1-30, 2009 – gaining steam to gather gratitude all in once place for 30 days. 19 states, 9 countries currently represented. Feel free to check it out.

    Thanks and have an awesome day.

  6. Anne on February 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Hey Paul,
    It is no surprise to find you have created a gratitude website. That is you…I lost your email and want to say hi. I’m so sorry for not being in touch sooner. I know you called once too. I would love to talk…can you email again?

  7. Brigid Kelly on March 22, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I don’t know what “comment feed” really is, but I believe strongly in the power of gratitude in my life. A woman who finally overcame alcoholism after being admitted to 21 recovery attempts taught me, “What you think about,you bring about.” What a witness her life was. Later, she was on staff at an alcohol recovery center!

  8. Brigid Kelly on March 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Hi, I\’d like to be on your e-mail list.

  9. Kathy Joyce on June 12, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I have just started my own Gratitude blog. I am amazed at how everyday just seems a little more ‘shiny’. I am actually overwhelmed with how much there is to be grateful for! I find that I am really looking forward to stop for a moment each day to record in the blog.

  10. Paul on June 12, 2010 at 11:34 am

    @Kathy Joyce
    Awesome, Kathy! Sounds like you have a great ritual started!

  11. John Marine on June 14, 2010 at 9:30 am

    well- The sun arrived again- just where and when it was supposed to- amazing huh? it really is amazing that the earth and the sun are soooooooo synchronized –after all that travel distance and time that it arrives on the horizon just when it is supposed to- thanks for that== I am so happy that it is here every morn at the right time in the right place – how does that happen? amazingamazingamazing – think about it for a while and you will appreiate every thing that you have here and now- I do – as a matter of fact I am just happi that I can still walk with little pain – both hips are gone and i am grateful that I can still walk with the old ones before I get a new one- thanks for that _ also I can still read and see well – wow – thanks again – best John Marine

  12. John Marine#70 on June 27, 2010 at 8:45 am

    fabulous – just fabulous- I am alive and well- almost -sic-lol- I got achs and pains from 65 years of activity in the marines in college playing football moving rocks(hobby) collecting dirt and wood – but – still here with a lot of otc pain meds – thanks to the medical paharmacutical industry–really- thanks to the paharmalogical pain meds industry- thanks for the paion meds – wow- what would life be like w/o the pain meds?/ arrggghhhhhhhhh wow – thanks to all of you –I appreciat eit all- really thanksthanksthanks – wow- also the sun is back today – whata break – the sun is back and I get another 17 or 18 hours to livelivelive – be good – go slow- appreiate what i have= thanks to you all – I lovemy country and the people in it- thanks – I love my house(modest) but it is mine and boy is it comfortable- rememeber to: go slow be patient – be compassionate- go slowslowslowslwo in all thin
    gs – you get more time – amazing huh? it is a paradox- get more time when you go slow-

  13. Marco A. on July 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Dude! Sweet!

  14. John Marine#70 on August 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Hi all again – thnaks for this – heck – I just feel good when I appreciate all that I have right here right now- I really dooooooooo- thanks soooooo much everybody = thanks so much – best to all – I love it all anyway- I really do – wow – I am still here and kickin – amazing stuff this life – wow- amazing huh ??? the sun will arrice tomorrow just when it is supposed to 1!! amazing – it is whirling in space thousends of miles an hour – the earth is spinning at 1 thousnad miles an hour – the elliptic is millions of miles – amazing – the sun will arrive

  15. Al Anon on August 17, 2010 at 4:35 am

    We just discussed this last night in group. Thanks for sharing.

  16. John Marine#70 on September 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

    LOL- thanks to those who took the time to write back to me-or — just left a note- I appreciate it – I really do- it is sooooooooo nice to have someone acknowledge you= thanksthanksthanks- also- the sun is here again ! fabulous- I was walking in the damp rain the otheer day – fabulous – I come from maine and often just enjoy a cool damp cold rain – not too cold mind you – but just right – fabulous feeling= good luck to all – see you again soon – John marine

  17. Frances on September 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Love the site and the concept behind it. I have been grateful for my life for many years now. I remember one day, looking out the window of the 49th Floor of the Pan Am building in Manhattan (where I worked) and thinking “in all the world, in all the places I could be right now, this is pretty darn good”. I have been grateful ever since.

    I am really enjoying your posts. Thanks for your efforts.


    • Paul on September 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      @Frances – Wow! Not many people still call it the Pan Am building! I love looking down Park Ave and seeing it there! I used to go to school off of Park Ave when I was younger – preschool actually! What a wonderful way to start your Gratitude Journey! Be Well.

  18. John Marine on November 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hi all- glad to be back today– been on the road for a few days and I am soooooooooooo grateful that I have the strength to move on for the new day– thanks a lot ===wowwowowow== it is truly amazing that I am still here and kicking – rememebr to: go slow and focus on the moment you are in — it is that simple – 1. go slow —2. focus on what you are doing now – right here right now- good luck

  19. John Marine#70 on December 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Hi agin all of you=- thanks for being here for me when I need you- I am soooooooooooooo lucky to have friends places to go- people to see- talking too much-LOL-sic-LOL – what the hey ? thnaks for this Paul – do not forget the Irish Fishermen – do not forget the moment you are in – this one – right here right now-==oNLY==get it? you only get this moment – this one – right here right now==ONLY – yesterday is gone – fini – done – over – tomorrow is an illusion and a wish – right here right now is all you have – forgive forget – let go and above all go slow – you will get more time – amazing huh ? good luck to all and wish me luck – thanks a lot – John Marine

  20. John Marine#70 on December 3, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    be patient with me= please- I just ned to gab for aminute or two- hi all again – what luck today- I missed abigbig accident by seconds – wow- thanks be – wow- just seconds and inches and it could have been all over – ouchhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks so much – thankasthanksthank I am so grateful for that – and everything else I have – not much BUT enuf for me – it could have all been gone in a flash – thnaks again = best to all John Marine

  21. John Marine#70 on December 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Hi all- I am so grateful that my cat jumps in my lap every nite == sometimes she climbs all over me when I am on the computer- thanks a lot for that – I scartch her and then massaage her neck a little- it does me more good than her – hear that – it does me more good than her – thanks again – I hope everybody is taking the xmas season with the right attitude – i hopehopehope – I hope I can do it right this year – just focusing on each moment that i am alive and let the chips fall where they may – just concentrate on each moment that I am alive and then suck up the good feelings – Boy I hope this works – thanks for the help – also donot forget the Irish Fishermen and GO SLOW ALL THE TIME – best to all – John Marine

  22. John Marine#70 on December 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Hi – who is here from Madison NJ ?/ LOLOLOL – I had a college girlfriend from Madison NJ – University of Maine 1968-1971 – lots of fun – not much study BIUT what the hey – you live once – I had a heck of a time – will never forget it – hi Madison NJ – let me know if you got this = thanks John Marine

  23. John Marine#70 on December 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Hi all – I noticed some people form Williamsburg VA — Austin Texas – and madison NJ _ i have some friends from all those places – anyone Know Lynn Riggin form Williamburg- VA ?? Hi Lynn – it’s me John Rhodes – HIHIHIHI miss ya – also Erich Girard from Austin – Hi Erich – what about Gail Brarmann from Madison NJ ? hihihihihihih – let me know –

  24. John Marine#70 on December 23, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    also- any Marines here from Camp Lejeune ?? how bout some Jarheads( Marines ) from Camp Lejeune and Okinawa – Camp Hanson ?/ OKInawa ??? hill 55 nam – chu lai and danang vietnam ?? 13th marines 11th Marines vietnam – how bout K413 vietnam – how bout Parris Island Plt 156 july and august sept 1965 – just wondering and typing along – thanks again

  25. John Marine#70 on December 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

    ya know what I think??? I think we all need to focvus on the coming new years eve – that is all the futures I want to think about- 1. go slow – 2. be focused – do not drink too much – drink by all means but be responsible- I have not always been that way – I am NOW!!!!!!!!!!! lolololololololol – I sure am – I drink every day – BUT — in moderation – it just feels good – wnston Churchill – quote- ” I got a lot more out of Brandy – that IT got out of me ” lolol – well see you all soon = best and semper Fi – John R

  26. John Marine#70 on January 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

    lol– I made it!!! past the new years eve- so happi that I am here now- sober and clear headed– it was not always like that–LOLOLOL== but it is NOW – that is why I emphasize the fact that we all should just focus in on the moment we are in NOW==only–good luck to all for the moment that we experience right here right now-lol– I can’t emphasize that fact more! yesterday is gonegonegone- tomorrow is an illusion – sooooooooooooo be here now only – ok? thanks for listening – I need the reinforcement for my own well being (*&^%$#@ – sic-LOL –

  27. John Marine#70 on January 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    hi again – gosh I hope I am not taking up too much space – just glosh over me if you feel- I just like expounding every now and than – today– it is short and sweet – I got some notes for the new year====1. go slow — 2. go silent – 3. focus on now only – thats it for me – just going slow is a challenege – going silent is also a challenge–BUT – it works for simplyfying sic- lol – your life – type slow – drive slow – act slow – be slow and just BEBEbebebebeBEBEBEBE = BE

  28. John Marine#70 on February 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Hi all- thanks for being here – i appreciate that – I dododododod- thnaks – so — here we are again and just focusing on the moment and a going slowslowslowslow = great stuff when you go slow- life just lights up with possibility when you go slow and focus on the moment you are in – I saved a horse today in the frozen field- she had gotten stuck under think ice and couldn’t move – i had to go into field and coach her out – I did it !!!!! thanks for the ability to do it- i fell down and all that but did get her back into her stall- it felt good ! thnaks

  29. John Marine#70 on February 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

    wowowowow==still here and kicking around- remember—-go slow—focuson now–focus on now only – be here be present

  30. Kinyofu on March 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I like your perspective.There is a great deal of satisfaction in giving back. I experience that when I volunteer for a trainer that I respect. Allow me to share a quote:
    “Be in full gratitude for everything. Give thanks for both the role you play and the role others play in your experiences. When you see something, give thanks for your sight – as the source, and what you see – as the object. Give thanks for the strength of your muscles to walk (source) on the sturdy earth surface (object)”. – Kinyofu’s Empowerment Thought of The Day (

  31. Laurence Hansen on March 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I started reading your blog and receiving the daily Gratitude Burst less than three months ago. I enjoy perusing past bursts and articles from time to time.
    This morning I realized I had never read this introductory article.
    I commend you on your positive outlook and sincere contribution to the world, through All About Gratitude and your other activities.

  32. Carol Meade on March 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm


    So glad to have met you this weekend at the TAGP conference. Looking forward to a year of profits, results, & just plain ol’ pistol-packin’ gratitude!


  33. Dave Block on April 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm


    I love what your doing. Keep up the great work.
    Please allow me to formally introduce myself. My name is Dave Block. Like many in today’s economy, I was having a hard time making ends meet and trying to find things to be grateful for. I had lost my home, job, and my bills were starting to pile up.

    As “Dave, The Gratitude Guy”, I decided to change my life around because I felt it was important to take action and be part of the solution. I want to set an example for others to follow that will inspire people to have vision, purpose and faith so as to take action toward their own personal life goals and thus cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes and to give thanks continuously.

    I began to open up my mind and allow all the possibilities, that could be, to enter my life by starting to live a life of gratitude. For I discovered that being grateful, you will attract more of what you truly want to come into you life.

    For 2011, I have made a commitment to blog every day this year. So, rather than just thinking about doing it, I’ve created a Gratitude Blog. I will be posting a daily blog of people, places, things and ideas that I am grateful for. Some topics of what I have written about include: Having an Attitude of Gratitude, Sex and Gratitude, The Power of Thank You, My Favorite Color of Yellow, The Sound of Silence, Chocolate, Thank God for Cell Phones, The Beatles, Rocky Balboa, The Big Picture, and so much more. You can view my daily gratitude blog at:

    As “Dave, The Gratitude Guy”, I am very grateful for so much in my life, as I take nothing for granted. Especially for the love I have for my family and friends, for health and happiness, for the jobs that I am fortunate to have, and to God for allowing me to find my road to true happiness. I also want to say to everyone that despite anything that has taken place in your life so far, you have the ability within your heart to turn any circumstance around. Because the only way to bring better things into your life right now is by being grateful for what you already have. People are growing tired of the gloom and doom scenario and are longing to connect in a more meaningful way. The missing ingredient for many people has been gratitude, because we always tend to be reaching for something that we don’t yet possess. This creates a feeling of being deprived and a negative mood. We won’t get to possess what we want, until we feel massively grateful for what we already have.

    I’m on a mission to spread the message about the importance of having daily gratitude around the world. My vision is to educate everyone that the best way for us to value our present day happiness and gratitude for what we have is to live up to our potential. Being grateful for what you have is mandatory if you are ever to be happy. If more people made a decision to be grateful for what they have now, great changes would occur. Because gratitude is the key that opens up the door to happiness.

    Thank you again for showing up in the world and doing what your doing.

    Dave, The Gratitude Guy

  34. Alicia B. Lane on April 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Paul Paul, I am very happy that you set up this ebsite because we really need to hear happy news especially in the midst of so much turmoil in many people’s daily lives. Everyday I give thanks for everything that I have, I was spared death from cancer twice, all the other medical problems i suffer from are kept under control with medications, thank God for Medicare part D (hopefully that won’t be cut!!!) I thank God for my Roomate Sara, she is a very lovely person and a wonderful cook!! I adore our 2 doggies Chico and Suki and if you don’t mind I will let my friends and loved ones know about your blog. Thank you Paul Paul for this website!!! Love, cousin Alicia

  35. JoAnne Andrews on June 10, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Greetings, Paul!

    I am very grateful and appreciative for your Gratitude Bursts, blog, postings and sharing. I am still a work in progress, and it does take some consistent effort to focus on what there is to be grateful for as opposed to the old paradigm of focusing upon what one doesn’t have, but it is blogs like yours as well as that keep me pressing onward and upward. Thank you much for being you.

  36. John Marine#70 on June 11, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    hi all- thanks for all of this – and you all– thanks — it just feels good to be alive and well – I hope so – good luck to all- best wishes and stay the course whatever course you are on – me?? I am just lucky = sooooooooooooooo lucky – thanks for it all – what luck !!!!! wish me luck???!!! thanks – I am so happy to just be alive and to just be – I have been so lucky all my life and I am so gratfeul that I am still here -I also made all the right choices in my life – fabulous — just fabulous – I did it – all the right choices – even the mistakes were the right mistakes – fabulous – thanks so much and there is a god – thnaks again – best John R

  37. Lena Low on October 19, 2011 at 7:10 am

    The Bible teaches us to be thankful and giving thanks releases an anointing which breaks the yolk of bondage to ingratitude.

  38. Lena Low on October 19, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Gratitude is such a refreshing subject. The Bible teaches to be grateful for everything. An attitude of thanksgiving breaks the yolk of ingratitude.

  39. Heidi Schell on October 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hello Paul:)
    Thank you so much for your daily gratitude quotes – I do enjoy them! I suppose even though I’ve gone through some rough times, I have the tendency to look at the glass half full instead of half empty:) I am so thankful that God was merciful to me, years ago spared my life from a fire and a year later saved my soul. It is good to be alive, have family and friends and a God who takes of us 🙂 Heidi

  40. Susan on November 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I am getting the bursts and enjoying them very much! I have 2 chronic diseases and pain most days with low energy. My sponsor thru a 12-step program recommended this site to me to help keep me positive and grateful! Thank you so much for that! I appreciate the positive energy you put in my life!


    • Paul on December 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

      You are very welcome, Susan. Let me know if there is a specific topic you want to read about and I wills ee what I can do! Be Well.

  41. James on November 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I am thankful for the inspiration that I felt one Saturday morning in April of this year to write a blog each day. Two days later I began writing one to two hours EVERY DAY about what I am thankful for at It has been 220 days in a row now. Focusing on gratitude for an average of ten hours per week has profoundly changed my life!

    • Paul on December 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

      That is awesome, James! Keep up the amazing work!

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  45. LILLIAN GEVER on May 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    dear Paul, I used to get your gratitude burst and then I LOST you. PLEASE REINSTATE ME AT MY NEW EMAIL

    • Paul on September 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Lillian –

      Are you getting them now? They have started up again. I will check to see that you signed up.

    • Paul on September 17, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Are you getting them now?

  46. Peggy on November 8, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Dear Paul,
    Thank you for your gratitude blog it keeps me inspired and is helping to stay positive through my treatment for a chronic disease. It helps me keep the faith. So thank you.

    • Paul on April 26, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      You are very welcome, Peggy!

  47. Paul S. Daily on February 22, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I still remain unsure how I crossed your path. The reminders though are always welcome, and very well-worth sharing. What is done for others is an investment…not an expense and, clearly that fact is evident in your life…sharing opens it up in others lives…a gift not to be left unwrapped….a legacy to be honored; like that of your parents to you. Time is moving…and as it does…it goes ever more quickly reminding us of the value of today…thankful, acknowledging contentment along the way, improving the outlook of so many.

    • Paul on March 15, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Thank you, Paul! I am glad you are enjoying the Gratitude Bursts each day. Be Well,

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      You contacted him 🙂

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