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30 things I'm thankful for (+ stay positive giveaway!)


This article is part of a series of articles to promote Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present. For more information on the book, visit StayPositive365.com. For details on how to win this week’s giveaway (the last one!), scroll down to the bottom of this article.  


Happy Thanksgiving Week! Here in America, this week is usually the kick-off to the holiday season (and often a short work week for those who are given a few days off to celebrate the holiday). It's the week when a bit of holiday magic sparkles in the air, the week when everyone is a little bit distracted by upcoming vacations, the week when some are anxiously awaiting the Black Friday sales. It's also the week when many turn their thoughts inward, focusing their attention on thankfulness. 

Even those who aren't the "thankful" types find themselves pondering the things they have to be grateful for this week. It's a time for reflection, for pausing before the hurried rush of the holidays and remembering how lucky we are. A few years back, I wrote a list of 100 Things I Am Thankful For. Not only did this list receive wonderful responses from readers (and prompt an amazing gift from my boyfriend!), but it was also a very positive exercise for me personally. Taking the time to think about things I was thankful for made me even more grateful. 

A lot has changed in my life since I wrote that list and, not surprisingly, I have even more things to be thankful for. This year, I'm adding 30 things to my list...


1. The opportunity to live a life I love. 

2. My boyfriend's love + support.

3. Every extra day I get with Bella. 

4. My first published book

5. New opportunities to learn. (Yay, Nicole's Classes!)

6. An awesome family of "in-laws."

7. Photo-sharing on Instagram

8. Chats + book clubs with my cousin. 

9. Interviews (like this one!). 

10. My dad's book editing skills. 

11. My mom's support + optimism. 

12. Inspiration via Pinterest

13. Fun-filled lunch dates with friends. 

14. Volunteer opportunities. 

15. Getting back in the saddle

16. Amazing shows (both music + comedy).  

17. Finding Bella when she was lost. 

18. Used book stores (recently found a new one!). 

19. Reconnecting with old friends. 

20. Yahtzee, Scrabble, + crosswords

21. Portland. I love that town!

22. Discovering Project Life

23. My iPhone...and everything Apple. 

24. Rehoboth Beach + Florida trips. 

25. New Facebook friends. 

26. A chance to donate clothing + food. 

27. Finding old photos (like these). 

28. Over two years of sobriety.  

29. My 2012 vision board.

30. Positively Present readers. I heart you!


If you haven't ever made a list of things you're grateful for, I'd highly recommend giving it a try. Every time I pause and think about the things I'm thankful for, I feel more content with my life and less likely to focus on what's going wrong. And I feel happy. To help you get started on your own list, I've created a free printable for you. Print it out and start listing all the things you're lucky to have in your life.

Click to Download the Gratitude List 

And to help you stay even more grateful -- and happy -- there are two great Stay Positive giveaways this week. Help spread the word about Stay Positive -- and enter to one of these two great giveaways! 



To promote the launch of Stay Positive : Daily Reminders from Positively Present, PositivelyPresent.com is offering six weeks of giveaways based on the twelve sections in Stay Positive. Each week, readers will have the chance to win one of two awesome giveways. 




1. Link to StayPositive365.com on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr,
    Instagram, Google+,etc. and / or tell your friends about the book
2. Mention which giveaway you want to win (Gratitude or Happiness) 
3. Let me know how you spread the word in the comments section below 
4. Leave your email address (or another way I can contact you) 


* Every mention you post / tweet / like, etc. counts as one entry. 
  Enter as many times as you want! 

* 2 winners (one for each giveaway) will be chosen + notified via email on
  Friday, November 30, 2012.  



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Hi there! As a fellow orange lover, I'd love to win #gratitude!

I've been pinning lots from this website (and your pinterest account :) but today pinned your book from staypositive365.com.

I'd love to be entered in the Gratitude drawing! I shared your link on Twitter (@SavannahWishart). I plan on doing a gratitude post for Thanksgiving on my blog, and I'll be linking you there as well.

I never really understood a lot about being grateful.. I guess I took a lot of things for granted - not in a selfish way, and I was never spoiled and I worked to earn everything in my life... but now that I am having some more difficult times, I am really seeing what I am thankful for. I also traveled for a few months in the EU, which really opened my eyes to some different things: especially how thankful I am to have grown up in a country where I can be an independent woman and not have people question the fact that I do Crossfit and lift weights - something that much of the world just doesn't get. It has also made me extremely thankful to have a roof over my head, even though the roof hasn't been mine for several months.
It really is good to get perspective on life to make you more grateful for different things, even if it isn't in the best way. I am finding that after graduating college, I am seeing so much of the real world and it's very transforming.
Even something as simple as your 14. Volunteer Opportunities. I used to think that I could volunteer whenever I wanted and wherever I wanted, but now I see that there are steps and financial milestones I have to reach in order to do many of the volunteer things I'd like to do... thanks for the inspiring post!
Just wanted to share some of my inspiration.. :)

I shared on fb. I'd love to have the gratitude giveaway.

I tweeted.


I pinned.

I shared on google+.

I love your gratitude list and your contest. I would love to win the gratitude package. I tweeted to you & about you, message and sent a friend request on Facebook and followed you on Pinterest. If there's anything else I can do please let me know. Namaste.

I just linked http://staypositive365.com/ to one of my favourite sites - LifeKraze.
Lifekraze promotes users to encourage and motivate other uses to get up and increase physical activity away from the computer and achieve personal goals. I would absolutely love to win the Gratitude Giveaway :)

I tweeted the website! I am interested in winning the Gratitude giveaway.

I would love to win the happiness prize, so that I could give it as a Christmas present, and spread happiness to my MIL!

Facebooked, pinned and tweeted! keep up the GREAT work. Also downloaded the gratitude list. Thanks!

I just showed the other 7 members of my family your site and told them about all that you do. My brothers and sister are very interested! I would love to win the gratitude giveaway :)

Tweeted it (@JAMinCLE) and forwarded your Daily Digest I receive via email. I'd love the gratitude gift. Totally enjoyed reading your 30 thankful things. I just did my top 5 thankful thoughts for this THANKSgiving week on my blog yesterday! Great timing. Glad to see other people are recognizing all the great things in life to be thankful for. It's truly the LITTLE things that add up to the BIG things! Great post!

LOVE gratitude lists! I think they really help keep you focused on all the good things in your life instead of the crappy stuff. I'd like to win either one but if forced to pick, it's the gratitude one.


Happy Thanksgiving week to you too! I finally figured out this FB thing...so I Facebooked the 365staypositive link and did an email blast!

Oh decisions on which one...lol. How about I'll happily/gratefully accept whichever the universe feels is destined for me to win (if I'm so lucky too!).

One thing I'm grateful for...is this site and all you do!!

Tweeted. :) (gratitude!)
I'm still working on my gratitude list... trying to focus on quality gratitude rather than quantity (because if you think about it, there are way too many things you can be grateful for and then it becomes a bit redundant - in my opinion).

Also shared you in my facebook! And on my business page facebook. :D

Wow, this really made me feel socially connected. Haha!
I tweeted https://twitter.com/OliviaRutt/status/271257060509900800
I posted on FB https://www.facebook.com/olivia.colleen/posts/448022768578806
I Pinned http://pinterest.com/pin/392024342533470272/
I tumbled http://oliveliver.tumblr.com/post/36208966054/oooooooooooooo
And I Plused? https://plus.google.com/104349329846984466902/posts/X9CHQZW4TLx

Also, for the #gratitude30 challange: I CAN'T BELIEVE NOVEMBER IS ALMOST OVER!
thanks for an amazing opportunity!

Loved your gratitude list. I try to list what I am grateful for everyday on my blog www.sharingthanks.com. Focusing on the good in my life helps me keep a positive outlook and enjoy more small moments of beauty. I tweeted your post @sharingthanks.

I "Liked" StayPositive365 on your FB page!

I linked your gratitude photo post in my blog.. :) I'd love to win gratitude!
We are celebrating Thanksgiving here tomorrow, so I've had some extra time to work on my things to be thankful for list!
I think after that, my next thing will be to work on a vision board.
You post such great inspiration. :) Thanks!!

I don't even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post "30 things I'm thankful for" was good. I have going over your 30 points and I see that everything that you write are well studied. I must go now I will bookmark your blog so that I can come back to read again your interesting advice...! ;) Thank you very much to sharing your thoughts...! Cheers!

Linked to it on my Quotes Board on Pinterest! Because I teach high school I would love the Happiness Project one because I could use it with my students. Thank you;-)

I would love to win the gratitude giveaway, and I shared on pinterest.

Hi! I posted the book on Facebook.
I like the happiness giveaway!!!

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