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An Attitude of Gratitude

Words by Charla Grant

Photo: Will Hutchinson

The festive period and the arrival of a New Year can be a tricky time. As we revel in the act of giving and receiving, some may experience feelings of inadequacy and the thief of joy: comparison. A tonic to these challenges is found within the simple notion of gratitude:

‘The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness’

Keeping a daily log of gratitude creates optimism, and the deeper appreciation you feel results in more longer-lasting positivity. Cue a warm fuzzy feeling of thankfulness every time gratitude is shared, or a moment is taken to reflect on what is present, rather than what is missing.

After experiencing tragic loss and the grief that came with it, I was able to use gratitude as a way of getting back to the positive person I once was. I wanted to share what I had learnt about gratitude and so The Grateful Hearts Club was born. 

The Grateful Hearts Club uses gratitude as a self-care tool, and a way of spreading positivity to those who need it. A set of cards has been designed to capture reflections of gratitude, each with its own envelope so they can be shared with friends, family, or maybe even in a random act of kindness. 

However you decide to mark this special time of year, I hope you’re able to give thanks for what you do have and join me in giving more thought and kindness to those who don’t have as much.

If you’d like to find out more about gratitude or The Grateful Hearts Club please visit or follow us @thegratefulheartsclub

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