Inspirational Gratitude Quotes & Soaking Up These Fleeting Autumn Vibes

Where I live, if you blink in mid November, you’ll swear autumn lasted only five minutes! I guess that’s why folks here revere it and why I am often compelled to capture autumn moments. In the few days since I created this post, the landscape morphed into something new. An overnight snowfall has ushered in a serene mood. Inspirational Gratitude Quotes & Soaking Up These Fleeting Autumn Vibes invites you to orange fallen leaves and golden beams of Thanksgiving as we inch closer to the holiday.

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Gratitude Quotes as well as Quiet November Morning Autumn Mood.

Inspirational Gratitude Quotes & Soaking Up These Fleeting Autumn Vibes

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How it looks today!

Gratitude’s Relationship to Joy

Brené Brown’s research revealed a significant relationship between joy and gratitude, and the direction of the causality surprised her…so worth a watch!

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Inspirational Gratitude Quotes as well as Quiet November Morning Autumn Mood.
Fallen leaves, autumn trees, and turning colors in my Northern Illinois yard - Hello Lovely Studio.
Brene Brown inspirational quote about gratitude on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirational #quotes #brenebrown #gratitude
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The Simplest Gratitude Practice

It has been some time since I kept a gratitude journal, and here’s a very simple gratitude practice we can adopt at each day’s end. Simply write down one thing…the best part of the day…upon a calendar near the bed.

Just think what a blessing it will be at the end of the year to reflect back upon 365 glorious gifts!

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Inspirational Gratitude Quotes as well as Quiet November Morning Autumn Mood.
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It may be a small thing, but I am grateful for coconut oil which I incorporate into fall baking. It is a fat I am able to tolerate and makes it possible to enjoy a variety of deliciousness.

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I’m so grateful for the trees surrounding our property which are home to wild creatures I call pets. Every day, I enjoy the sound of squirrels prancing on the rooftop. From the windows, I watch them chase or feverishly bury black walnuts. What a mess is made with walnuts on the patio! I’m grateful for the mess too…it never ceases to make me smile.

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Inspirational Gratitude Quotes as well as Quiet November Morning Autumn Mood.
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Inspirational quote about fall, autumn, flowers, and nature on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #autumn #nature
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Words of Thanksgiving as well as glimpses around my home in Fall.
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The Art of Gratitude

“Gratitude is good for you. Taking a moment to give thanks can improve your digestion, mental health, and even your emotional health. It doesn’t just make things “feel” better, it actually makes them get better.” -Ocean Robbins

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I brought my rug back into the kitchen with the season’s change…here it is (though the smaller size I have may not be available):

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Fallen leaves, autumn trees, and turning colors in my Northern Illinois yard - Hello Lovely Studio.
Inspirational quote about gratitude on Hello Lovely Studio. #gratitude #inspirational #quotes
Fallen leaves, autumn trees, and turning colors in my Northern Illinois yard - Hello Lovely Studio.
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Fallen leaves, autumn trees, and turning colors in my Northern Illinois yard - Hello Lovely Studio.
Inspirational quote about gratitude on Hello Lovely Studio from Willie Nelson #gratitude #inspirational #quotes
Fallen leaves, autumn trees, and turning colors in my Northern Illinois yard - Hello Lovely Studio.
Words of Thanksgiving as well as glimpses around my home in Fall.

The Science of Gratitude

Positive Psychology reported the following benefits of gratitude as a result of The Greater Good Science Center’s white paper on the subject (“The Science of Gratitude” 2018):

For the individual:

increased happiness and positive mood * more satisfaction with life * less materialistic * less likely to experience burnout * better physical health * better sleep * less fatigue * lower levels of cellular inflammation * greater resiliency * encourages the development of patience, humility, and wisdom

For groups:

increases prosocial behaviors * strengthens relationships * may help * employees’ effectiveness * may increase job satisfaction

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Inspirational quote about gratitude on Hello Lovely Studio from Thornton Wilder. #gratitude #inspirational #quotes
Fallen leaves, autumn trees, and turning colors in my Northern Illinois yard - Hello Lovely Studio.
Words of Thanksgiving as well as glimpses around my home in Fall.
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She visited last week and had me wrapped around her freckled paw.
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A Life Devoted to Peace & Gratitude

If you have not seen this (Thich Nhat Hanh was 85 at the time), it is worth your time. TNH can no longer speak after a a stroke not long after this meeting, and I’m so grateful we have access to this amazing teaching.

Times are hard across the country, and my heart is soft as I consider the many needs, hungry tummies, and lingering hopelessness. Do hit reply if you need encouragement or a prayer (if you are a subscriber and received this in an email, it’s as easy as that.)

I’m always happy to hear from you and will write back.

Inspirational quote about gratitude and courage: the most powerful weapon against...#inspirationalquote #quotes #courage #personalgrowth

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10 Comments

  1. Kathan Glassman
    November 17, 2019 / 11:08 pm

    Thank you……..I needed this today💕

    • Michele
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      November 18, 2019 / 10:24 am

      Thank you for reading with tenderness and taking the time to connect. Peace to you.

  2. November 17, 2019 / 11:22 pm

    Michele I was looking forward to sitting down and catching up on your blog and this post was so delightful. I really liked seeing glimpses of your home and yard in the full glory of Fall. What a great idea. It’s so personal, I felt like I was right there with you. The beautiful quotes were such a nice backdrop for these photos too. I showed Jim the video of Thich Nhat Hanh with Oprah. That’s one of his favorite interviews of him, I think Jim discovered Thick Nhat Hanh in his late twenties, and it’s me that was late to the Eastern spirituality world. I’m so sad about him being unable to speak after his stroke. When Jim told me that it really affected me, I don’t know why that seems so unfair to me. He has given so much to so many. But what do I know? I also have to tell you how charmed I was by your video! Who took your video? What a doll you are, I only wish I could hear you talking.
    Maybe one day I will when we meet in person. In the meantime thank you Michele for gracing me with your visits to my blog. Honestly, I read your words and I think, if only I could see myself the way you do. Most of the time I feel so broken. Please know how much your words mean, simply because they’re coming from you. My dear wise friend. Sending you love across this screen.

    • Michele
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      November 18, 2019 / 10:22 am

      Always so happy to hear from you, Leslie. When I watch TNH at age 85 in that interview, I have to keep reminding myself he is not a boy…I have never seen an adult embody a childlike wonder and disposition as this teacher of love! The whole time I am thinking, what a miracle to be so enlightened as to become a timeless, ageless, vessel for mercy and wisdom to flow in and out. I feel like Oprah is also radiant and plugged into the same wonderment…her heart open and permeable to this teacher’s glory. I need a new video – hahahaha. That was a friend helping me out, and there was a 3 minute version of him interviewing me that I deleted because it opened me up to bullies, trolls, and extortionists on the internet. I mean, I sang an exerpt of a Justin Bieber song in that version…cray cray and just being silly and real. I blew it up with 2/3 of my blog more than a year ago to lessen the vulnerability. Things were easier online in 2010. 🙂 I think when we feel broken (and I mostly do) it is because we are…but maybe we’re being broken into love…into a more fluid state to flow. It’s the weak becoming strong, the poor in spirit becoming blessed, the holy paradox and mystery glowing in all the reflective shards. Thank you for the love. For your courage and light ever finding its way into my world and enriching it. You’re so lovely.

  3. Cynthia S Dahl
    November 18, 2019 / 12:01 pm

    Peace be to you, Michele, and Thank You!

    • Michele
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      November 18, 2019 / 2:33 pm

      Thanks for the peace, friend – so happy you’re here.

  4. Amy
    November 18, 2019 / 3:02 pm

    So beautiful around your home at this time of year…all the colors ablaze! I did the same thing recently around the property we live on, and it is amazing all the blessings there are to take in from a leisurely walk in nature noticing all the details and changes from one season to the next. God’s creation is truly amazing. Love the gratitude quotes throughout…all so powerful and true! Thanks for your example of gratitude and enjoying the simple pleasure of life all around us! Your posts are always such a treat to read and always full of so many golden nuggets of wisdom, creativity, inspiration, and hope that we all yearn for and need. Thanks for all you put into each post.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 18, 2019 / 3:29 pm

      It’s my pleasure – and such a joy to share the simple glimpses. I’m so inspired by the trees who are my teachers! Peace to you on this new work week.

  5. Rebecca
    November 20, 2019 / 8:00 am

    I am grateful that I came upon your post this morning.

    I will save it and refer to it.

    Today as I sit in an easy chair, I am grateful that I can look out on this misty day and see the earth filled with wonder.

    • Michele
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      November 20, 2019 / 9:20 am

      What a wonderful state of gratitude in which to be – thank you for sharing the blessing with us and the reminder to be still. xox

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