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GRATITUDE creates optimism and confidence. You feel better about life when you are THANKFUL. GRATITUDE is a wonderful gift to be shared. A simple THANK YOU to another is a beautiful act of kindness, caring, respect and love. Acknowledging all of the goodness around us every single day, makes for a more fulfilling and enjoyable time on this earth.


GRATITUDE can make your life happier and more satisfying. Keep a GRATITUDE journal. Every day write down three things that you are GRATEFUL for. It could be an unexpected phone call, or to find a ten-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Write down the event and state why you are GRATEFUL for the experience.


With GRATITUDE you are in a positive state of mind. Thus there will be less negativity. Showing GRATITUDE to others you eventually change that person’s world. You are then giving them something to be GRATFUL for. Be GRATEFUL for friendship, the element of TRUST is essential for the relationship. To paraphrase Simon Sinek; THE BEST DEFINITION OF TRUST IS GIVING SOMEONE THE POWER TO DESTROY YOU AND TRUSTING THAT THEY WILL NOT USE IT. That exchange of TRUST is a gift that one should be GRATEFUL for.


Showing GRATITUDE is a skill to be learned, it leads one to well-being. It is relatively easy to find something to be GRATEFUL for. Just look at a tree, a sunset or a trusted friend. There is so much to be GRATEFUL for. It has been found that it takes three positive episodes to offset one negative episode. Be GRATEFUL for the smallest positive event.



Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective

ron winnegrad

Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.

2 replies

  1. One of my favorite of all your posts…a grateful heart can change your life as well as others’ loves. I try to practice gratefulness every single day. I’m grateful for this post and very grateful to have your friendship! 💜


  2. Well said, Ron. Several months ago, I wrote an article that also talked about gratitude. Here it is:

    “I think it’s a good thing we set a day aside in each year, from our busy lives, to remember to give Thanks for all the blessings we have. It’s all too easy to focus on what we want and what we think we need, which, in essence, is concentrating on what we think is missing in our lives; instead of concentrating on what we have. Adopting a more positive outlook develops what I call a Gratitude attitude.

    I’m sure each of us has a list of things/people we are grateful for. When we really look at our daily life, we can see reasons to feel gratitude in even the simplest details. How about waking up on a sunny day where the rays are shining warmth? Or a soft pillow that cradles your head, giving you a fresh start for the new day? Or certain friends that always support and embrace you no matter what the situation? Or a Husband/Wife who is Devoted and Silly?

    Then you begin to see how the little things become bigger reasons to feel full of Thanks. Like a roof over our heads, food on the table and the means to live comfortably. Or bigger yet: living in a country that allows freedom of choice ~ Religiously, Politically & Individually. Yes, then you see Gratitude Everywhere. In fact, there’s an abundance of it if you really look. Then, even something as a mundane trip to the supermarket solicits your senses to find it.

    Of course, another component of Thankfulness that is often over looked is expressing our appreciation. Often, we assume others don’t need our acknowledgements; that they already know how we feel. We cannot take anything for granted; affirming, verbally, unsolicited recognition not only boosts your Gratitude attitude higher but also gives the recipient a small token of your optimistic outlook. See how it works? Now you are spreading that Gratitude attitude!

    Try it. Create your own Gratitude list. And don’t forget to share it with each of the people you are Thankful for…all year long.”

    Obviously, we can always use more gratitude. Thanks for the reminder 😉


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