We made it through the first month of 2015.  Our level of gratitude has increased. We covered topics such as being grateful for: Trials and Tribulations, Partnerships, Life, Reality Checks and more! We wrote gratitude letters to family, friends or even co workers which helped us internally!
Single Wife Member, Amy West Hill shared her grateful experience of writing a gratitude letter.
 “I wrote a letter and gave a thank you card to a woman that I consider to be a spiritual mother to me. We work together. She’s always there to listen to my problems and is a very non-judgmental person and is so full of wisdom. She always takes time out of her schedule to not only talk with me, but to listen. I couldn’t stop smiling when I wrote the letter because I knew she would appreciate the gesture. She couldn’t stop smiling when she read the card and the letter. She gave me a big hug and told me I made her happy by giving her the card and the letter. Made me feel wonderful. No feeling like showing gratitude.”
It is so easy to be thankful for what brings positivity and value to our lives. Though in order to truly feel gratitude, we have to appreciate those uncomfortable times; for those times give us more reason to appreciate the happiness we deserve. Like Amy shared, she appreciates that her co-worker is non-judgmental. Amy may have had some uncomfortable moments in life. She may have trusted to share info with her co-worker and now she looks at this woman as more than a co-worker but as a spiritual mother. I’m sure that woman was very grateful for Amy’s letter and card. Simple gestures like writing someone a gratitude letter can bring us happiness that we’d never expect.
What is happiness? Happiness is often paired with the following synonyms: pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness, merriment, gaiety, joy, joyfulness, joviality, jollity, glee, delight, good spirits, lightheartedness, well-being, enjoyment and the list goes on.
Do you include any of those words in your daily word play? Does your vocabulary consist of more positive words or negative words? Words are more powerful than we realize. Once you speak words into the atmosphere about your life, choose wisely on how you speak.
According to Andy Stanley’s ‘Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication’, “Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3), and we are in His image in part because of the power we have with words. The power to use words is a unique and powerful gift from God. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6). The writer of Proverb tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs18:21). Are we using words to build up people or destroy them? Are they filled with hate or love, bitterness or blessing, complaining or compliments, lust or love, victory or defeat? Like tools they can be used to help us reach our goals or to send us spiraling into a deep depression.”
Noting that our choice in words have the power to encourage or discourage, how are you speaking to yourself? As we enter February, I challenge you to add love words to your vocabulary. Love words consist of the following but are not limited to: affection, amour, appreciation, ardency, ardor, cherishing, delight, devotedness, devotion, emotion, enchantment, enjoyment, fervor, flame, fondness, hankering, idolatry, inclination, infatuation, involvement, like, lust, mad for, partiality, passion, piety, rapture, regard, relish, respect, sentiment, and more!
Why should you add love words?

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How we speak to ourselves effects how we operate and how we exude ourselves to others. So I challenge you to bring love and happiness into your life as a routine starting February 2015 in celebration of the popular holiday, Valentine’s Day! No matter how you celebrate this holiday (or if you even celebrate it at all), you deserve some lovin’.
I recently did the following exercise and it resulted in me feeling not only grateful and thankful but happy! Let’s show our gratitude in how we can use words to empower us and partake in the following exercise.
What you will need:
-A notebook/journal devoted to noting happiness in your life that you’re grateful of

-A pen to jot memorable moments
The challenge consists of:
-On the inside of the front page cover, write a vow of happiness to yourself. i.e. “I vow to bring happiness in my life by putting myself first and not feeling guilty about it and creating such a self fulfilling environment around me that my life eventually manifests into everything I desire and deserve.”
-On the first actual page, recall everything you can that brought you genuine happiness in January! You’ll be amazed what all goodness has actually transpired in your life in just one month! The sense of gratitude will definitely increase for you. And write as much as you can. The more you write, the better you’ll feel! Which will in turn allow you not to focus on the ‘not so positive’ issues around you but this exercise will in turn show you what you are stressing about isn’t as big as it seems.
Continue writing in this journal of things that bring you happiness from this day forward. I’d definitely encourage you to keep this close to capture every amazing moment.
There’s so much to be happy and grateful for in life. It is time that you bask in those self-fulfilling moments of happiness. Enjoy it!
Much Love,
Winnie C.
Faith Based Blogger
“Hang up your problems and move on to better.”