Studies show that when we focus on gratitude every day it benefits our health on a mental and physical level.In yoga philosophy we learn about Santosha (contentment) and how practicing thanks and giving is part of this.

Angeles Arrien, author of Living in Gratitude: Mastering the Art of Giving Thanks Every Day, A Month-by-Month Guide, suggests 5 ways to practice gratitude:

1. Write in a gratitude journal
2. Call, visit or send notes to people that you are grateful for
3. Anticipate the unexpected blessings that are already on their way
4. Participate in or organizes a monthly gratitude  circle
5. Remember where you have been deeply challenged or in a place of hardship and to be grateful to have moved beyond those afflictions

To honour the tradition of Thanksgiving (which is on the 2nd Monday in October in Canada), our Tone staff have come up with their own gratitude lists. We asked them to share 3-5 things they are grateful for.

Please feel free to add your own list in the comments below.TONE THANKSGIVING 2015

Happy Thanks and Giving to you and yours!

I am grateful for:


  • I am grateful for all the students I have taught, they have been a Blessing in my life
  • I am grateful for my friends an family, they keep me grounded
  • I am grateful for my life, to be here, in this world doing what I love


  • The beauty of my garden, which I can see out my window
  • The long lunch break I get on long days at work
  • The delicious curried squash soup I made with squash from my garden, which I am about to enjoy any minute!
  • The coziness of my house on this chilly and damp Fall day
  • The love of my family and friends
Beckythank you
  • My little family, and our healthy and abundant life
  • Clean safe drinking water
  • Scampering squirrels in the garden
  • My curiosity and sense of humour
  • Waffles the dog
  • all the wonderful family, friends and cats in my life
  • doing yoga before the sun comes up
  • words … on a page … on a screen … from others … from my own mind
  • helping others find their own yoga
  • long walks in the forest
  • Family nearby and available
  • My smartphone that keeps me connected and communicating
  • Tone staff who care for our building and keep me from isolation
  • Harvest colours and scents
  • The VW diesel fiasco that challenges me to rethink everything about green energy
  • Love from family, friends and 3 catsopen to gratitude
  • Our postal service (just walking to my mailbox to get mail!)
  • Watching the birds, sipping warm tea in my office
  • My flexible work schedule
  • Sharing yoga with others and seeing them “light up”

Kathy H.

  • Yoga and being able to share it with others
  • My special friends in my life and being able share experiences and laugh
  • My daughters and their beauty and warmth that makes me proud to be their mom!!


  • ovens & stoves
  • the warm earth amidst the drizzle (makes planting garlic easier on the fingers!)
  • my sense of self-appreciation
  • my amazing, hospitable, cute heart-on-the-sleeves family
  • hearing stories from my grandpa about how gran ‘used to dance like a butterfly’… followed with a ‘now she just yells at me and then buys me shirts’


  • I am grateful for the fact that I am grateful for WAY more than 5 things and am trying to choose what I am most grateful for.
  • I am grateful for my family and friends
  • I am grateful for myself
  • I am grateful for the abundance all around me
  • I am grateful for the “flexible for family” attitude of my co-workers, bosses and company
  • (I couldn’t help it – see #1) I am grateful for my yoga practice for opening me up to all the “teachers” all around me (including myself) and keeping me grounded to explore and learn

Cathy B.heart cloud

  • I am grateful for the love of my friends and family
  • I am grateful for breath
  • I am grateful to all my AMAZING teachers!
  • I am grateful for life
  • I am grateful to students who continue to teach me the wonders of teaching


  • the students who come and share Nia with me
  • the healing space at Tone Studio
  • time spent with my children and grandchildren
  • the brilliant colours all around us this year
  • my music room


  • My family and friends
  • The many teachers I have in my life that gently nudge (some not so gently!) me to grow
  • The abundance in my life
  • My blossoming awareness of self which leads me to explore old patterns and ways of being
  • The beauty that surrounds me in nature

Dianethanksgiving harvest

  • an abundance of fresh, delicious food
  • my loving friends and family
  • a dog who always greets me with a smile
  • that I am blessed with a job that allows me to help others
  • and that I am alive and healthy