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Giving Thanks: How Gratitude Can Save Your Relationship

… (Previous page – Giving Thanks: How Gratitude Can Save Your Relationship) you think of two or three things every day that you love and appreciate about your partner. You don’t even need to tell him you’re doing this or what the things are. Just think about it every day and write it down. And like I did in my exercise, think of new things every day. It can be things he did for you or things about him. Focus on everything he does right and see how that impacts your relationship. (Mark my words, you’ll start seeing major changes within about a week or two.)

Even if you aren’t having major issues in your relationship, anytime your partner does something that annoys or frustrates you, just think about a few reasons why you care about him and why you’re grateful to have him in your life.

I just want to add that this does not apply to relationships where there is physical or emotional abuse. I’m talking about healthy, functioning relationships that just get rocky from time to time…as most relationships do.

MORE: The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships

If you’re single, think about what you love about your life right now. Think about what you’re appreciative for and good things that have happened throughout the day. I think writing it out is best because it makes it more real, but if that feels like too much of a commitment then just spend time every day reflecting on it.

Practicing gratitude on a daily basis can literally re-wire you. It can transform the way you think which will change the way you feel and the vibe you transmit. People can naturally pick up on the vibes someone is sending out. When you feel bitter or angry or jaded on the inside, it will come across on the outside no matter how you try to hide it. There is no faking being in a good place.  You have to work on it, and if you do, suddenly everything will change and you’ll notice enormous improvements in all areas of your life.

What are some of your best gratitude tips? Tell us in comments!



Written by Sabrina Alexis

I’m Sabrina Alexis, the co-founder, and co-editor of A New Mode. I love writing relatable, insightful articles that help people understand relationship dynamics and how to get the love they want. I have a degree in psychology and have spent the last 10 years interviewing countless men and reading and studying as much as I can to better understand human psychology and how men operate. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Instagram.

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What to do when he takes advantage of your grateful spirit and appreciating him?

Reply January 29, 2021, 10:52 am


While divorcing the ex many years ago, my counselor have me an assignment. Yes, I had write a gratitude list and two wks to do it! Grateful to that a*******! No way! So the night before the appt I put a list to together and presented the list to the counselor. He glanced at it and handed it back to me. Then the bombshell…I was to pray over it everyday. Didn’t want to do it but I did. Wow! In less than a month my attitude turned around and I started letting go. Gratitude overruled the power of resentment and anger. As time goes by, the letting go of resentment and anger gets easier. That 28 year marriage rarely gets a hold of my thoughts and emotions.

Reply June 15, 2017, 3:49 pm


I must be one of the few who don’t have a trouble showing and telling someone how grateful I am. It’s been ingrained since my childhood and no matter if its a hubby, BF, girlfriend, coworker I always let them know how much I appreciate it. Even if its not reciprocated because I control me.
In my relationship now I can see how happy he is when he does something or surprises me knowing I’ll enjoy it or whatever. He is like a little child tryna show off just to make mommy smile. And he wins every time whether in effort or intention he’s a winner in my book. I let him know with hugs, kisses, words etc just how much he means to me and its true, it makes him want to do more and gives him a sense of “victory’. this works in vice versa also.
It really makes for a melodious and smooth relationship.

Reply September 18, 2015, 1:13 pm


I have been trying to be more positive about my relationship w my boyfriend, it seems like it has taken forever, but we are at the stage where next month I am getting a house, and we will start our lives together. It’s a little scary, I have been there before, with someone else, but I have learned and grown as a person, and am scared but excited to start fresh with this man. I have noticed that everything you write about is true, when you are happy, accepting of yourself, and try to present a good front, you can move mountains. Yes it is difficult, but it is so true, when you smile at a crabby person, it takes away from them, and gives to you. I try to tell my boyfriend I love him, show him, but I know I need to be even more giving of a good healthy attitude, and I will get even more joy and happiness from him, and in our relationship as a whole. Beginning tonight, I begin the gratitude diary to make myself, and then my relationship even better. Thank you for this GREAT advice.

Reply May 18, 2015, 8:57 pm


Helpful — thank you.

Reply January 27, 2015, 6:45 pm


Moscow clubs capitalize on lonely women starved for affection.

Women sitting alone together in a café would not give most observers pause, but in Russia, a group of women alone acts as a reminder of the country’s deficiency in marriageable men. Lonely Russian women are commonplace in Moscow and other major Russian cities where men are dramatically outnumbered by the opposite sex. Mothers and daughters alike bemoan the lack of options available to them romantically. Men are not only scarce, but a good one is next to impossible to find.

Men in Russia are prone to alcoholism, unemployment, and abuse. Generations of women in Russia have witnessed the decline of the Russian man. Complaints about men’s rudderless existence and poor treatment of women have become a mainstay for gatherings of women, whether at home, at work, or in a social setting. Wherever women gather, the subject of men is not far behind. Some of these women have taken to dressing the part of the jilted lover awaiting rescue, donning dramatic gowns, complete with stiletto heels as they await their knight in shining armor. A knight that few Russian women continue to believe in or have any hope left will actually materialize.

Most women regale past experiences with men with very few pleasant memories. Even women that have been fortunate enough to be involved in a romance, the love quickly sours and is often replaced by resentment, disillusionment, and unhappiness. Russian women wish to wined and dined, and made to feel special. However, even promising men disappoint these notions, causing women to grow hardened as their hope of love and happily-ever-after slowly fades.

The first experience with men a Russian woman remembers is usually her father. Unfortunately, most of these fathers were of no better ilk than the men available for dating at present. Russian women are often raised bearing witness to drunken fathers, heavy drinking, financial insecurities due to lack of motivation to work, and verbal and physical abuse against their mothers. These formative memories create the foundation for a lifelong distrust of men in general, and each subsequent undesirable male encountered is further evidence that the female opinion of Russian men is justified.

To answer the demand for good, decent men, clubs have been emerging across Russia to provide women with the means the experiences they have long craved. One club, Marusia, has taken the concept a step further. Many clubs will have male-based entertainment for women to enjoy. Marusia offers services for women to be in close proximity, if not actual contact, with a desirable man. Women may pay between a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars for the privilege of cuddling with male employees for the experience of closeness and physical connection they cannot find elsewhere.

Starved for affection and love, some patrons of Marusia will request men to spend time with in private rooms. 50% of Russian women are single, with few prospects of a lasting relationship on the horizon. Marusia and clubs like it help these women fill a void, even for a few hours before they resume their search for men that can step into the role of lover, partner, and provider.

Many Russian women consider their future bleak, as the hopes of marriage and companionship become less likely. Some critics believe that these situations are, in some part, created by the women themselves, citing that Russian women are too obsessed with finances and fairy tales. It could be argued in their defenses, that as the lonely fates of these Russian women looms over their heads, cynicism increases and practicality prevail, and the romantic ideals of the past morph into merely desires to be cared for.

Russian women have begun to turn to mail order bride sites to find a husband . Companies like A Foreign Affair have been capitalizing on the demand for marriage minded husbands. Every month they bring groups of men to Russian and the Ukraine. The women attend what A Foreign Affair calls a social, hundreds of young beautiful Russian women attend these events with the hope to get the chances to meet of 25 or so men that have traveled from the USA of Europe. 23 Year old Olga from Odessa say, “I have give up looking for a man in the Ukraine, I have no problem finding a date, but finding a man I would want to be the father of my children is a completely different thing. I want a man my children can admire and respect. I want a man that will be by friend, my soul mate and my lover”

Reply January 3, 2015, 1:58 am

Charlene P. Cabigas

Hi Sabrina thanks much for this article, it helped me a lot in my relationship right now. Looking forward to more advices. :-)

Reply December 11, 2014, 5:33 am


I love my man. I am grateful for what he has, every day. You can’t ask someone for what they can’t give. That’s a rule. That opens up other dimensions to our friendship, our knowing each other, our relationship. This is a man I feel tender towards, who surprises and delights me, who fills my image of ‘what is a man.’ I promised myself just to accept him, and consequently, I have been happy with him every day, or mostly, for nearly three years. He is an inspiration, a friend, a lover, someone I trust. He brings out the best in me quite often. I feel growth in my life as a result of our relationship. He is not there for me on an every day basis, still he moves me and delights me . I like the happy things in life. <3 <3 = Love!

Reply December 10, 2014, 11:03 pm


Wow Sabrina. This was really a great article! This just happened to me and made me realize I do look to my past relationship(marriage) which has been over for 17 years but being I just started dating 5 years ago and I have a issue which trust thanks to him. So after seeing the same man the past few years it’s now ended because of my trust issues. Thank you.

Reply December 10, 2014, 10:09 pm


thank you very much! you are really a HELPING Angel!

Reply December 10, 2014, 8:35 pm


I really needed to read this. Was so wound up and angry the past three days. But now realise that I cannot control him and there is no point calling him to scream and cry, because he will hate me eventually. But this approach, telling him how much I appreciate him and all his efforts, I think he was so shocked and now we are amicable again :)

Reply December 2, 2014, 3:22 am


I have watched a man I know bloom and spring into action when I showed him my greatfulness for things he has done for me. But it turned when he met another woman and he came back at me saying that I was just saying nice things to use him. I realize he must be lacking something inside himself to say this hurtful response. I withdrew from him and we became distant. The other woman coming into his life was sudden and his behavior has changed with it. I still remain the same with him when I do hear from him …I have and still remained greatful to him for his efforts of getting me out of a jam I was in. But I can’t understand why he could not accept my compliments and treat me with respect.

Reply November 27, 2014, 11:49 am


I had the same thing, kinda. This guy always would show gratitude towards me when I took care of him and I always would show gratitude towards him when he’d help me but every time I would thank him he’d say he hasn’t done anything for me and talk down about himself saying he’s an asshole and scumbag. He broke up with me but I still think about him and thank him in my prayers because he taught me so much about myself.

Reply November 27, 2014, 11:59 am


This was a lovely article! I will be referring to this on my journey to inner peace.

Reply November 27, 2014, 8:01 am


Amazing article, thank you very much! I will read it over and over again

Reply November 27, 2014, 6:18 am


some food for thought

Reply November 27, 2014, 5:11 am


Can this work for men? Like if a man doesn’t show gratitude or doesn’t feel like they’re in the right place, they can sabotage? I know there is a lot of advice for women on here but what about advice for men. It’s not only women who struggle in relationships.

Reply November 26, 2014, 5:33 pm


Thanks I really needed to read this. Were going thru this exact situation.

Reply November 26, 2014, 5:06 pm

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