Gratitude – is it good for you? While I was out gallivanting in Ft. Worth, Texas with my friend Pam, I had the good fortune of having two dear friends, Catherine Clark and Joy Milner present my double paintings to a new Habitat for Humanity resident. I am so grateful that they were able to help me out during this dedication while I was away. If you don’t know much about Habitat for Humanity, you owe it to yourself to read more about them. What a great organization!

I try to make gratitude a habit. In fact, I am grateful for a lot of things, among them, good friends, the ability to paint and bless others with original art, the photographer who generously provided the photo I used to paint from, the volunteers who helped the latest resident Carol Shad build her new home and the hard working folks at Habitat Hernando County, Fl. 

Gratitude, tulip photo
Photo by sergee bee on Unsplash

My thoughts were to make a double set of paintings for Carol. Here is the beginning, always the ugly stage:

Here is a very happy Carol!

gratitude, habitat for humanity dedication flyer

Carol sitting in front of her lovely new home.

gratitude, habitat for humanity new homeowner and house

And now the dedication of the paintings by Catherine!

Did you know that the art and practice of gratitude has many benefits?

  • It can increase your peace
  • Comfort your soul
  • Ease depression
  • Help you get a good night’s sleep
  • Develops healthier relationships
  • Relaxes us
  • Makes us less self centered
  • Increases our connection with God

Gratitude is not a modern phenomena, technique or idea. The power of giving thanks is well documented in the Bible: “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Ps. 9:1

You can see and hear what gratitude sounds and looks like with this little video clip of Carol that my friend Joy took:

Try practicing a little gratitude yourself today and let me know how it affects you!


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