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Worry and anxiety can also lead us away from being grateful.

There is a direct link between screen time and anxiety, especially with our teens. St. Paul says:

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

If we are anxious and stressed out, let us take a breather and unplug. Detach and spend some time in nature or go to Eucharistic Adoration for some restful quiet before Jesus.

Prayer impacts our perspective!

Prayer impacts our perspective!

  • If you are struggling with being grateful, take this matter to your prayer time!
  • Ask the Lord for more graces to accept each moment of your life, as it is, and to overcome whatever is holding you back from being grateful.



A major obstacle to being grateful or growing in this virtue is refusing to forgive .

  • When we refuse to forgive it leads us to grow in hard-heartedness.
  • Consider forgiving those who have hurt you or robbed you of your joy.
  • Seek to mend that relationship.
  • When we seek out to strengthen our relationships with others, we grow closer to Christ. In the meantime, we grow in gratitude.

Materialism fuels our ingratitude

Materialism fuels our ingratitude

  • It is important to focus on the non-material world where we share our thanks with words of affirmation, kind deeds, and prayers of thanksgiving.
  • Decide whether this item will bring me or my family lasting joy: Will it end up in the trash can within a week?
  • Instead, reward with experiences, be purposeful on how you express your love for others, and avoid the trap that materialism leads to happiness.

Surround yourself with people who are grateful for life

Surround yourself with people who are grateful for life

  • Gratitude is an important virtue and flows from humility. “If souls are humble, they will be moved to give thanks,” St. Teresa of Ávila said.
  • We need to overcome the desire to be “Pinterest-perfect” or to believe that this type of perfection will bring us happiness!

St. John Paul II

Remember the past with gratitude … live the present with enthusiasm and … look forward to the future with confidence.


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