Prompt: #ThankfulThursdays – a month of practicing gratitude, remembering to say thank you to anything or anyone that has left a mark in your life.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey.
This week I’ve been thinking to write about gratitude and it’s no surprise that the prompt has inspired me to think about all of the things I am thankful for. Every once and awhile I pull out my happy and I add things to it. Yesterday, as I was thinking about gratitude, I realized that this list is somewhat like a gratitude journal, in that I’m really both happy and grateful for all of these things in my life. All of the things that make me so happy are things that I’m also grateful for. Yesterday I added a bunch of new things. As tempting as it is to share all of those with you, I’ll sum it up with my top choices.
- Good hair days.
- Morning coffee.
- The moment I have exact change.
- That movie that always makes me
- My health
- Sunny winter days.
- My close friends.
- My Favorite TV show
- The moment when my food comes at a restaurant. Drool.
- Thank you notes. It feels just as good to send one as it does to get one.
- When I wake up before the alarm and get to roll back over. A few more hours to sleep? Score.
- There’s a health benefit to the sweet treat, in case you needed a reason.
- Getting lost in a good book. Studies show that reading fiction actually make you more empathetic in real life.
- Cozy scarves. Winter means sporting these every day.
- My best half. It doesn’t matter if it’s a boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife or just an awesome partner in crime. These relationships boost our well-being.
- Alone time. At times it can feel less precious than it truly is.
- December 22nd. That’s when the days start getting longer again. Three cheers for (eventually) more sunlight!
- Comfortable shoes. It’s like walking on a pillow.
- A great pair of jeans. Talk about a confidence boost.
- Being understood. There are some people who just get you, whether it’s your penchant for being early to every social event or the fact that you cry when you get mad. And that’s awesome.
- A great joke.
- Being outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine — what’s not to like? It also has great mental health benefits.
- A great meal with old friends.
- Those little moments of awe increase feelings of well-being.
- The first signs of a new season. After a bitterly cold winter, spring sounds like the best thing in the world.
- The cold side of the pillow. There’s something oddly satisfying about it.
- Having the bed all to yourself. I can drool, sleep diagonally, toss and turn.
- A good cry. Letting out my emotions makes me feel better than before I even got upset in the first place.
- Opening a present. The fact that someone took the time to put thought into giving me something is a gift in itself.
- A long, hot shower or bath. Ahhh, feel the relaxation
- Winning contests.
- Handwritten letters. Texting has made letters essentially obsolete, so the gift of real mail should be treasured.
- Coloring books. Studies show they’re a good way to relieve stress.
- When I accidentally get something for free.
- I’m so thankful to those who accept me for who I am.
- I’m not that physically strong, but I have a lot of internal strength that I need to be thankful for.
- Twitter, its awesome connecting with people on there and a great resource for new info.
- Oh, what in the world would I do without you, World Wide Web??
- Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading and supporting my blog. You. Are. Awesome.
- Me, myself and I as I feel I deserve all the happiness and kindness in the world, so let me not forget this.
I’d love to hear about the things that inspire you to have an attitude of gratitude!
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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