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By Angela Atkinson

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.” ~Oprah Winfrey

I’ve written on the virtues of gratitude many times on this site. I’ve talked about how gratitude can lead to improvements in your life.  I’ve encouraged you to find reasons to be grateful, even when life is hard. I’ve talked about some of my own experiences and lessons I’ve learned on gratitude –sometimes from the most unlikely teachers.

Every day, I’m grateful for many things. My husband, my children, the supportive members of my extended family–my friends, my fellow writers, my readers–and all the good stuff. Home, health, abundance, love. You know how it is.

And the truth is that it works. My life is noticeably smoother and happier–just generally better–when I focus on those people, situations and things that make me feel grateful and give thanks for them.

This week, I’m grateful for an unexpected gift in my email box Sunday evening. I felt like I got a thumbs up from the universe after I read it, and I was filled with gratitude.

The reader told me her story, and she said that she had found strength and help in some of the posts I’ve written here at In Pursuit of Fulfillment. She had dealt with a very toxic person in her past and during a session with a counselor, she was given a few pages from this site to read. She said she found the pages so helpful that she came and visited the site, and that she was glad she had. She even mentioned that she found other articles that gave her answers and helped her feel better–and she said she was so happy to hear about my relaunch.

In addition to completely and totally reaffirming my resolve to keep this blog going, this wonderful reader had just validated me in a pretty major way.

See, my entire purpose in writing this blog is to offer information and advice that will help other people to create the lives they want–and to offer them comfort and a kind of support as they deal with the struggles in their own lives.  And here came this beautiful soul to tell me that I was accomplishing that goal.

What an amazing compliment!

So, to that special reader, I want to say thank you. Thank you for trusting me enough to share your story with me, thank you for reading my site and for taking the time to tell me it helped you. And to anyone else reading this post, thank you for being here too. I sincerely appreciate you.

So, how about you? What are you grateful for today? Tell me in the comments!

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