Gratitude is a constant attitude of thankfulness and appreciation for life as it unfolds. Living in the moment, we are open to abundance around us and within us. We express appreciation freely. We contemplate the richness of our life. We feast on beauty. We notice small graces and are thankful for daily gifts. In life’s trials, we seek to understand, to accept, and to learn. Gratitude is the essence of genuine happiness. It is a virtue we can never have too much of. Gratitude is a continual celebration of life.


Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

— Denis Waitley

 The Practice of Gratitude

  • I am grateful for my life.
  • I perceive the blessings in each moment.
  • I continually express appreciation.
  • I reflect on the good things of life.
  • I find value in my tests.
  • I celebrate abundance.
  • I am happy.
Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™.

In Family Life

The virtue of gratitude within a family shines through in the warmth and appreciation that family members consistently show toward one another. It is demonstrated through the simple act of saying “thank you” for the daily gestures of love and support and the less obvious efforts that often go unnoticed. Gratitude in a family means valuing each other’s presence and acknowledging each member’s contributions to the family unit. It’s evident in the smiles, hugs, and words of affirmation that create an atmosphere of love and positivity. In a grateful family, there is a sense of contentment and a recognition that life’s challenges are more manageable when faced together, fostering an environment where kindness, empathy, and appreciation thrive and strengthening the bonds that hold them close.

Balancing Gratitude

The balancing virtues of gratitude.

      • Moderation: Striking a balance between expressing gratitude and not overdoing it is crucial. Moderation allows us to be genuinely appreciative without overwhelming others with constant expressions of thanks.
      • Self-awareness: Cultivating self-awareness helps us recognize when our gratitude may be underdeveloped. Taking time for introspection can help us acknowledge and appreciate the blessings in our lives.
      • Empathy: Empathy complements gratitude by reminding us to be thankful for the people in our lives. It encourages us to express gratitude to others genuinely and reciprocate the kindness we receive.
      • Resilience: Gratitude and resilience enable us to find meaning and grow even in challenging times. It reminds us to be thankful for the lessons learned from life’s trials.

When nurtured in the right way, gratitude enhances the quality of our lives. It allows us to savor the present, appreciate the abundance around us, and find joy in the simplest moments.