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Rules of Happiness #2 – Be Grateful – July 14 Inspiration


Be grateful. Welcome to the mini-series highlighting the Rules of Happiness, based on the book by entrepreneur and self-development leader, Karl Moore. After a difficult past month,  I thought it would be good to focus on something more positive and uplifting. These simple rules yield valuable truths and life-changing power IF we take action on them.

Please note these links go to Moore’s book on Amazon, but are NOT affiliate links. I just thought I would provide the links for anyone who is interested. Note also what I’m sharing in these blog posts are just snippets from full chapters on each Rule of Happiness.




Yesterday we learned about Rule #1: Don’t Feel Sorry for Yourself.  So today we will move on to…

Rule #2 –  Be Grateful

Think of all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for right now. It could be your family. Or your health. Maybe your home. Your friends. Your brain. Your heart. Your spirit.


We’ve all got amazing things in our own lives that make us smile with joy. And if we can count these blessings every day, we’ll discover a greater appreciation of the beautiful world we surround ourselves with.” –Karl Moore

If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life

is thank you,

it will be enough.”

Meister Eckhardt


My reflections:

I have noticed a difference in my overall attitude toward life ever since I began my nearly daily posting of an “Attitude of Gratitude” on Facebook in November 2013 or so. It definitely helps to focus on the positive by counting your blessings!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you find it easy or difficult to practice an attitude of gratitude?

Do you count your blessings on a regular basis?



  1. Helen Collier

    It’s a great post. I too have got so much to show gratitude for, it’s far more positive than the is being told ‘you should be grateful’ missive I grew up with 🙂

    14 . Jul . 2016
  2. Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA @

    there’s an old Jewish maxim…. who is rich- the one satisfied with his lot in life…

    14 . Jul . 2016
  3. Amy Jones

    I’m always thankful for a new day when I wake up!

    14 . Jul . 2016
  4. Ken Weliever

    Great quotes. Easy to be grateful when to feel that you are doing better than you deserve.

    14 . Jul . 2016
  5. Jeanine

    Well, to be honest, gratitude does not come naturally to me. I tend to go to what’s missing, what’s not quite right, what could be a threat to my wellbeing. But I am working on it. Today, your post reminds me to be thankful for all the good things I have. My beloved family & friends, my spirituality, my work, and lots more. Thx!

    14 . Jul . 2016
  6. Mary Burris

    I like this theme! It’s hard to be spiteful when your heart is full of gratitude.

    14 . Jul . 2016
  7. Melanie Smith

    Being grateful is one of the most important things in life. We have to keep that in our mind everytime.

    14 . Jul . 2016
  8. anna nuttall

    Great quote. I really like this post. xx

    14 . Jul . 2016
  9. tara pittman

    I love this saying. I need to remember and catch all my blessings

    14 . Jul . 2016
  10. V.J.Maheu

    No doubt it helps to be grateful! I typically don’t do the “post something you’re grateful for every day” things because I forget to post… but i am very grateful for many, many things in my life. My family, my friends, the awesome art co-op I am part of, my church, my home, etc.

    14 . Jul . 2016
  11. Jessica

    I think this would be the perfect gift for a friend of mine. She likes to be a positive person.

    14 . Jul . 2016
  12. Carol Cassara

    Isnt’ it funny how what we focus on can happen? I think that is the Secret of the Secret. It’s not magic. It’s just how we use our energy. Like you and your posting!

    14 . Jul . 2016
  13. Elizabeth O.

    I think it’s important to be grateful for what you have. Not just because it’s an obligation or something like that, but it helps you maintain a positive attitude throughout the day. This is a lovely message!

    14 . Jul . 2016
  14. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla

    That should always be the case for all people. It’s not difficult to find good things that happened or happening in your life right now and stopping to appreciate them. Great inspirational post!

    14 . Jul . 2016
  15. Maria

    Love this post. Gratitude, which is a form of acknowledging everything – good or bad – that happens in our life, brings happiness into our life. Thanks, Klee!

    15 . Jul . 2016
  16. victoria

    I bet this is a great gift to my sister 🙂 thanks for making me inspired

    15 . Jul . 2016
  17. Glenda Kruse

    Well said! I totally agree we all do have amazing things in our own lives that we need to focus on and stop focusing so much on the past and negativity.

    15 . Jul . 2016
  18. Renata Pereira

    You are so right! When we’re grateful for the little things, it’s like happiness is all around us. We start attracting happiness! 🙂
    All the best to you!

    15 . Jul . 2016
  19. Donnah Morgan

    Happiness goes hand in hand with gratitude. Just saying thank you for the simple things makes all the difference. Great reminder of the importance. Dx

    15 . Jul . 2016
  20. Karlyn Cruz

    Love your thoughts! We should be grateful no matter what state our life is.

    15 . Jul . 2016
  21. Nicole Escat

    It is important to be grateful to everything! I am teaching my son to be grateful even in little things he got.

    15 . Jul . 2016
  22. Berlin

    I agree. Being grateful makes us accept things we have and lessen our complaining thus makes us happier.

    16 . Jul . 2016
  23. Kathy

    I think it can be easy yet hard at times. I think it’s so important to be grateful though. Everything goes much easier when you’re grateful.

    16 . Jul . 2016
  24. Echo

    I try to practice gratitude as much as I can. Sometimes, it is easier than others.

    16 . Jul . 2016
  25. christina aliperti

    We all need to have gratitude. it’s true if you are busy counting your blessings theres no time to hold onto grudges.

    16 . Jul . 2016
  26. Lisa Bronson

    I have been through so much in the last 5 or so years that I can always be grateful and gracious in every situation. I am compassionate and understanding about most and still keep a smile in the worst of situations. I think it does no one any harm to be nice and to try and put a smile on through a day and just give a little happiness back.

    17 . Jul . 2016
  27. Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

    Really like the tone of these Blogs Karen, and you interpretation of others thought

    17 . Jul . 2016
  28. Claudette P. Esterine

    Thanks for sharing this. We all have something to be grateful for – big or small. We often miss the small ones.

    17 . Jul . 2016
  29. Enricoh Alfonzo

    I do a gratitude list atleast twice a week. it helps me stay humble and realize all the great things i have in my life to be greatful for and not to complain about what I dont have.

    17 . Jul . 2016
  30. Lalia Frolick

    I don’t “count” the aspects of my life that are positive and that I am grateful for each day, but I do think about things I am thankful for each day. Truth be told, even on our worst days where we aren’t getting along, I have to admit that I am still grateful to have such a wonderful husband, for example. I think one of the most important things is to not compare the worst parts of your life to the best of someone else’s. You can never have everything, and if someone has something you don’t, they probably lack something you have in another aspect. That’s balance!

    17 . Jul . 2016

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