November’s theme is gratitude. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and many other cross-cultural annual festivities are upon us. We are reminded to show our appreciation through acts of generosity. But why just once a year? Cultivating a daily practice of gratitude offers profound benefits for both our mental and physical health — and it goes beyond the season.

“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.” – Germany Kent

The root of the word comes from Latin: gratus. It means pleasing, welcome, agreeable. Gratus is also the root of grace, gratuity and gratis, which all mean a state of graciousness, thoughtfulness and generosity. They bring up positive feelings of care and kindness. The practice of this emotion is an attitude or behavior, which goes way beyond monetary value. Moreover, it creates harmony in relationships, and can even solve conflict.

Two friends showing gratitude.

Gratitude eliminates resentment. It helps us let go of negativity.


Many studies show the practice of gratitude promotes happiness and reduces depression. One of the most effective ways to practice is writing. Research shows writing letters of gratitude has lasting benefits — even if you don’t send them. Or keep a gratitude journal. For instance, jotting down three to five things daily supports a thankful mindset.

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• eliminates toxic emotions.
• creates harmony in relationships.
• promotes overall well-being.

“Gratitude opens the door, the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” – Deepak Chopra

Finally, I believe gratitude is a vital way to connect with others. It’s powerful and the benefits increase the more you practice.

Stunning photo of autumn tree

November’s Scent of the Month: Wild Orange. This luscious scent is invigorating and promotes feelings of abundance, creativity and generosity. It is used both topically and in recipes. For more information and to order, I recommend Doterra and Young Living products.

Suggested Reading:
Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide to Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude: Gratitude Journal by Pretty Simple Press