Five Things You Can Do to Make ‘Gratitude’ a Verb

Gratitude – (noun) – the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.  Look, I’m no Merriam-Webster, but I think there’s an error.  I don’t think Gratitude is ONLY a noun.  I think it’s also a verb.  I prefer to live in gratitude by taking action.  In my humble opinion, so should you.

Today’s post is a perfect segue from last week’s Victim topic.  One way to keep yourself off of the Victim Playground is to regularly remind yourself all that you have to be thankful for.  Of course this includes health, family, friends, income, etc.  But don’t limit yourself to just these BIG blessings.  There are tons of little things, which you can find every day, to be grateful for.  Here are my Top 5 Ways to make gratitude a verb:

1 – Every day, write down those things you are grateful for.  Making a list, putting your thoughts into some sort of record, really cements the emotion of gratitude in various areas of the brain.  And by writing or recording your thoughts, you have just verbed!!

2 – Find the silver lining in every cloud.  Just the other day, after filling up my tank, my car wouldn’t start.  To make matters worse, I was embarrassed to be blocking a gas pump.  I called AAA for a tow and after learning where I was, the operator asked if I was blocking a pump.  My “yes” reply expedited my wait time for the towing company.  20 minutes later, my angel in overalls arrived, replaced my battery and sent me on my merry way.  I said out loud, “Thank you for not starting while I was blocking a gas pump.”  Speaking = verbing

3 – Be present.  With all the technology at our fingertips, we can forget to just seize the moment.  I have connected with some awesome people that I hope to keep in my life forever now.  Had I not been paying attention and hearing their story, I would have missed the depth of their personalities, and have less to be grateful for in simply knowing them. BEING is a verb.  BE present.

4 – Tell someone what they mean to you.  Are you tickled pink to have a certain someone in your life?  Tell them.  Express your gratitude to them.  It doesn’t need to be FOR any reason, other than they add value to your life.  Telling is a verb (as is making someone feel good!).

5 – Be what someone else is grateful for.  What contributions are you making?  Do you make others smile?  Do you go out of your way to make others feel good?  Live in a way that makes others think, “I’m so glad to know  ___________ (insert your name here) .  My life is better for knowing her/him.  The actions you take to be that for others, is clearly a verb!!

There are plenty of bad and disappointing things to focus on in life.  Ruminating on these does little to incite change and quite frankly is more likely to weigh you down.  Instead, add some positivity to your life by reflecting on all the little things that go right.  There are plenty.  I promise.

So, what are you grateful for?  Tell me, and all the readers, in the comments section below.  Oh, and just so you know, I’m truly grateful for you and the time you took to read this post.  Really.  Truly. Grateful.


  1. Besides having health and a good mind for growing and changing, family, a great job, I am especially grateful to have a really cool cousin to connect with on the path called life all while keeping it real! PEACECarol

  2. Loved this; thanks for sharing. I just began my month of Operation Gratitude ♥


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