How to be Grateful

Thursday afternoon I was stuck in traffic hell.

The light turned red. Green. Red. Green. No movement. I silently cursed cars, traffic lights, and practically everything I could think of. I thought about the precious minutes ticking away on the clock. I gripped the steering wheel tighter. I felt my frustration rise. How could my quick trip to the store turn into this? My day, my plans, my time was being interrupted. How dare life try to slow me down.


Then I saw it: the ambulance.

It carefully made its way through the traffic to get to the accident.

I felt my frustration subside. It’s sad how quickly we can forget the world outside of ourselves. We easily get sucked in to our own needs, our own wants, our own lives. We forget others. We don’t look around.

I don’t want to be someone who constantly sees how things are negatively affecting me while disregarding the positives and other people. I want to be aware. I want to be grateful.

It’s actually something we’ve been dealing with lately. Maddux has been teething, or so we think, and none of us are feeling particularly rested. It can be hard to appreciate things when you feel like crap. Just saying. Anyway, I’ve compiled a little list to help me keep focused on the good stuff!

how to be grateful


How to be Grateful

  1. Smile more. Smile when you wake up. Smile when you go to bed. Smile at strangers. Just smile.
  2. Say “Please”, “Thank you”, and “You’re welcome” more. Being polite never hurts.
  3. Quit comparing your life to other people’s lives. It does more harm than good!
  4. Jot a quick note, letter, or e-mail to someone. Tell them how awesome they are.
  5. Substitute compliments for complaints. Try to go a whole day without complaining. Compliment people instead.
  6. Help someone. Donate your time, money, or kindness. It will help you appreciate your blessings.
  7. Chalk the bad days up to learning experiences. Find the good that will come from them.
  8. Keep a gratitude journal. Every night, write down at least one thing you are thankful for.
  9. Treasure the small moments. Learn to be present. You’ll see the good.
  10. Hug it out. No, seriously. Hug someone. :)


As for me, I’m choosing the see Maddux’s teething as a positive. He’ll be a more efficient little eater. He’ll be smiling with more pearly whites. Oh, and he’s been extra cuddly lately. ;)


I guess I should also wish my dad and Ryne a happy Father’s Day! Actually, I should extend that you all you dads out there. :) Have a great day!


  1. says

    I get like this too. My friend actually had a good point for when you get angry at someone, say a slow driver; you don’t know their situation. What if they’re lost? I need to get better at things like this because I automatically will think a certain way, and ya it might be true, but if it’s not, then I’m a big bum!
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    • Presley says

      So true about not knowing what other people are going through! I try to remember that when people are super grumpy and mean, too. haha

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