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be grateful for small blessings

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be grateful for small blessings. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small blessings that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: blessing, grateful, small

be grateful for small mercies

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be grateful for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: grateful, mercy, small

be grateful for small mercies

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be thankful for small mercies

COMMON If you are grateful for small mercies or are thankful for small mercies in a generally bad situation, you are glad about any aspects of it that are good. He is still receiving some money — the modest sum earmarked for young athletes — and is grateful for small mercies. In these difficult times, one can only be thankful for small mercies — that borrowing costs are relatively low. Note: People sometimes say thank heavens for small mercies or thank God for small mercies to show that they are glad about any good aspects of a generally bad situation. She is now serving a 12-month prison sentence and the baby is with her parents. Thank heavens for small mercies.
See also: grateful, mercy, small

be grateful/thankful for small ˈmercies

be happy that a bad situation is not even worse: The thieves took the TV and stereo but didn’t take any jewellery, so let’s be thankful for small mercies.
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This past year, the act of being grateful and showing gratitude has really re-emerged and presented itself to me in multiple ways.
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Grateful Plate offers healthy prepared meal delivery, catering, cooking classes, holistic health coaching and personal chef services to the Philadelphia region.
Experts point out that one usually doesn't need to look very far to find something that makes us grateful.
In other words, what mattered wasn't how often someone in the relationship did a thoughtful thing - it was how grateful the partner reported feeling about it.
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Meanwhile, Ashley and his chief executive Lee Charnley - risen without trace and, no doubt, extremely grateful - have cast aside any pretence of running a club with traditional values.
I realised there's a big difference between feeling like you should be grateful for something, and actually being grateful for it.
In addition to the close readings of specific performances, Malvinni identifies a number of important general theories of Grateful Dead improvisational practice that are crucial for a holistic understanding of their musical style.
Critique: Exceptionally well written and presented, "The Grateful Life: The Secret to Happiness, and the Science of Contentment" is as practical and informative as it is inspired and inspiring.
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I am very grateful that my country has decided to recognize my contribution.
The Harpoon Brewery will offer Grateful Harvest Ale once again this season, a New England cranberry ale brewed in the spirit of giving back to the community.
After work this week, I took a walk, accompanied by the wind in the trees and a light rain on my face, and I thought about how grateful I am to have a job where I search for people doing meaningful work in the world.
I am grateful for their apology and look forward to a safe walk in the garden in the future.