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Thankfulfor is Intermittently Down

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We’re sad to say that Thankfulfor has been down on this very special day. Thankfulfor is entirely self funded except for a few small community donations, and this year we have not had the funds to maintain it. We are planning some things to fix it and bring it back up, but unfortunately it may take a while. 

We’re thankful for all of our supporters who have used Thankfulfor throughout the years and we’re looking forward to being back up for you soon.

May you have a happy holiday!

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Counting the Blessings of 2011

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

End of year is a fantastic time to count your blessings, and this is exactly the thing I’ve been doing lately. Reflecting back on 2011 these last couples of days made me realize I had no idea how great my year really was. I thought I knew, but I so overlooked some of the things… How could I?

For instance, I understood that I got to meet not one, not two, but EIGHT wonderful people who are still present in my life at the dawn of 2011. This year has also been a year of opportunities and I am thankful to have had a chance to work on great projects and collaborate with great companies and people (Thankfulfor included!), not to mention all the opportunities to try new incredible things and enough of travel that allowed me to see so many of the good friends abroad.

Looking back on the passing year’s blessings has once again made me realize the importance of appreciating what you have. Law of attraction is so real - the more you thank, the more you’re given. I wouldn’t describe the rule to live by any better than Julio Olalla already did in the deeply meaningful short documentary Amo la Vida shot by Nic Askew (watch it here):

"… No matter what I do, I don’t live like I deserve this, I live like I thank life for this.”

How has your 2011 been?

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Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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Gratitude Explained

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

Practice giving thanks regularly and you’ll be amazed at what happens. A lot has been said about the power of gratitude and benefits of grateful attitude, but this quote just sums it all up and really explains the magic behind the idea. It puts it simply, but how powerful and true are these words?

 

Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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Thankful Person’s Guide to Places to Eat, Shop & Play

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

Did you know there were places out there especially fitting for a thankful person? Well, you’re about to find out what they are and where they’re located. Consider it your guide to places where one can eat, shop, go for a walk, play, pray and enjoy the sights thankfully.

First on the map is Café Gratitude in San Francisco’s Bay Area. The food and people here are a “celebration of aliveness”. Finest organic ingredients are selected to honor the earth, local farmers provide sustainable produce and food is prepared with love. Café Gratitude invites you to step inside and “enjoy being someone that chooses loving your life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful every day, and experiencing being provided for”. Come and be nourished thankfully!

Next stop takes us to Paris, France, to a lovely concept store called Merci (French for “thank you”). Merci mixes together exclusive designer products with casual items, vintage furniture with new generation interior designers, has several restaurants and even a perfume laboratory, and all these decorated with “merci” signs throughout the ever changing space. It’s also a store that gives back - profits go towards helping underprivileged children in Madagascar.

Last on the list, but definitely not least, is the Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas, Texas. This public-private complex consists of three components: a landscaped park operated by the non-profit Thanksgiving Foundation, a major section of the underground pedestrian network and the Bullington Truck Terminal. The park, designed by architect Philip Johnson, is dedicated to promote the concept of giving thanks as a universal human value. The complex also features (wait for it, this is going to sound beautiful) the Wall of Praise, Ring of Thanks, Circle of Giving, Chapel of Thanksgiving, Hall of Thanksgiving and Exhibit Area.

Know of any other worthy places to put on our thankful version of the “must visit” list? Do share!

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Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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Gratitude Challenge

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

A few days ago I came across a blog post with a brilliantly put question in it. It truly serves as the greatest reminder of the importance of expressing gratitude, yet it’s so simple, really. I wanted to share it with all of you and here it is:

If you woke up tomorrow with only the things you’d given thanks for today, what would still be in your life?

Makes you think, doesn’t it? The challenge is to become more intentional, more thoughtful and more conscious in our gratitude. Challenge accepted!

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P.S. Thanks to Thankuz for bring this blog to my attention.

Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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Choose To Be Thankful

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

I am a big believer in the idea of being the master of your own happiness. And I also believe in the power of words and thoughts. What we say and think shapes how we see this world and creates what we get out of our life experience. And even though you may not be paying much attention to how you express these thoughts of yours, it seems your brain or someone out there does. The words you use to describe your emotions and ideas can actually change your perspective on a given situation and maybe even change your outlook on life in the long run.

Just like choosing the “right” kind of words to say can help you be more successful in life, saying the “right” words can also help you notice the good in your life and get happier as a result of such positive thinking. I can admit that watching what I say has helped me a lot with my own journey to a happier me.

For instance, it helps to replace “but” with “and” to put yourself in a more positive frame of mind.

If you watch yourself or others carefully, you’ll notice that “but” comes up a lot in daily conversations. Sometimes it’s irreplaceable, but oftentimes it just sets you up for a negative experience. A lot of times we say “but” when we try to justify our actions or prepare a person we’re conversing with to hear something less than pleasant. “I appreciate you doing this, but I’m afraid I can’t…” immediately speaks of something a person would most probably not be thrilled to hear. However, if you choose to put it slightly differently – “I appreciate you doing this, and I need to say I’m not able to…” – a conversation has a chance of becoming a positive experience for everyone involved even if one refuses something that another person offers. Yes, it might sound a little bit out of place, and I would bet you’d be surprised if I told you it actually worked.

Another thing you can do is replace a negative word with a positive synonym. Or even choose to add “not” before a positive antonym.

Doing so helps you put yourself in a better mood and look at things from a more positive point of view. When you say “It’s so hard to…” you focus your attention on the fact that you might not be able to handle a situation. You don’t make it any easier for yourself and instead put barriers on your way to achieving your goal. Try phrasing it differently and say “It’s not so easy to…” Don’t you feel it giving you hope of success immediately?

I also noticed a lot of us can easily smile at little positive moments in life. Unconsciously. It’s when we put our minds into emotional matters that we prevent ourselves from enjoying the simplest of things and over-think them. This is not to say that we don’t need to approach our positive feelings consciously. We all want to be happy and so many of us are looking for things that will help us be it. My point is, how about we start with smaller things that are already here? Say “I’m glad” and believe it instead of faking “I’m happy” when you’re not.

It’s when gratitude comes in handy. Not all are comfortable with saying “I am thankful for this and this”. Some don’t feel it and don’t feel like faking it, and some are just not sure where to start and whether what they feel about something is a feeling of true gratitude. I remember in the beginning of my own thanksgiving journey I wasn’t even always sure how I were to find what I was thankful for.

Then I’ve noticed one thing - “I’m glad” replaces “I’m thankful” the best. If you’re glad to see someone or feeling glad that it’s a good day, it’s this “beginner level” feeling of gratitude. With time you notice the things you’re glad to have and experience more and more, then gladness becomes the feeling of appreciation and being thankful suddenly turns into “I’m feeling happy” when you least expect it. You suddenly feel it. You say it and you believe your own words because through practice it somehow becomes your reality.

Try it. Being thankful is a choice, so choose to be thankful. Choose to be more positive. Choose to be happy.

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Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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To-Do Item #1: Appreciate

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

I was thinking the other day how much busier I’d been lately, much busier than even just 3 months ago and much busier than I could’ve imagined myself being at this point. I feel like I’m up to everything all at once all of a sudden. But life happens and, mostly, each thing that calls for my time and attention does so because of my own choice.

The thing I was wondering about though was how come I managed to get things done while still being a good friend. Somehow I still keep in touch with everyone, return calls, messages, emails and even find the time to hang out with those dear to my heart. Understanding came all on its own and I am more than willing to share the “secret”.

It’s easy, really. The thing is, I don’t put friends in the “fun” or “something to do after work” category. Devoting time, talking, replying to questions or requests, checking on friends and taking the time to go out together are all the things on my mental “to-do” list along with all of the work matters, household duties and personal responsibilities. And I don’t go to bed until I’ve done the best I could about checking things off my list.

I still prioritize everything, of course. There are still deadlines for some of the things, and something still gets put off. But I realize that without play there can’t be much of a work, and if you have no one to share the good things with no work accomplishments really matter. I owe a lot to people who take the time to believe in me and to those who care to cheer me up and make me smile. And when you appreciate, you find the time.

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Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

This post embodies the spirit of the Thankfulfor community - and we are so grateful for it. Thank you to everyone who has ever posted on Thankfulfor.com, creating a beautiful stream of thankfulness and gratitude. We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

- The Thankfulfor.com team

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Guest post by Julia Osovskaya 

Sincere thanks are always inspiring to hear and are at their best when shared, so here is a little thankful video for you.

As Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, BreakThru Radio TV's correspondent Lauren Hawker takes to the streets of NYC and walks through the Chelsea Market to ask locals that very question - “What are you thankful for?” I would've only changed one thing about the episode… It's always time to be thankful!

P.S. The video features the song “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes. Puts you in a holiday mood!


Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.  

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Put Yourself in Life’s Shoes

Guest post by Julia Osovskaya

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” - Gilbert K. Chesterton

It’s hard to deny that the world can be a very negative place at times, and it’s certainly not helpful when people help this negativity build and prosper. Log in to any social networking platform, check your dashboard and you’ll see people complaining about all sorts of things. Many of the complainers are repeated offenders too, and at some point you start seeing people complain about other people’s constant complaints – it might as well become a vicious circle. So how do we break it off?

It might seem like I have one answer for all of life’s problems, but yes, it’s gratitude yet again. It just works. To help you see what I mean and put things in perspective, let’s take a moment and try to put ourselves in life’s shoes.

We are made to wish for and want a lot of things, and personally, I don’t see anything wrong with it. After all, desire is a natural part of being healthy and alive. Just look back at a time when you fell really sick and only wished and begged to get better sooner, instead of daydreaming about a tropical getaway or a pair of new shoes, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

But in wanting things it’s important not to break the promise we give to ourselves. How often do we think “If only I could get a chance to do that and that and get this and this, then I would be so happy”? And how often do we forget all about it once we reach our goal? Or, another scenario - we work hard on pursuing each and every thing on our wish and to-do lists only to get frustrated and angry about not having accomplished all of it. What I suggest is that we take a moment to rejoice at what we’ve gained instead of not letting ourselves enjoy those things and focusing our attention on things we didn’t gain instead. In other words, instead of whining about what you could’ve had, find some time to appreciate and be happy about the things that are now yours. Because otherwise… What’s the point of wanting and asking for more if you’re not going to be content with it anyway?

If you were the Life, God or Universe (it doesn’t matter what you believe to be the higher power or what you call it – gratitude unites all), would you be willing to give something to someone if you knew they wouldn’t care to enjoy it the way they promised they would? I don’t think so. Put yourself in life’s shoes and look at it from a different point of view. Ralph Marston has probably said it best:  

“What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it - would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.”

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Julia Osovskaya is a thankful spirit who believes that positive thinking, optimistic attitude and thankful mindset go a long way. Having completed a personal blog challenge of giving thanks daily for 365 days in a row, she has made it a mission to spread the word about life transformational power of gratitude. In addition to being a thankful person, Julia writes for blogs about chair design and all things golden and works in the social media marketing.

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