Public Gratitude Journal

What are you grateful for?

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marsha
I love my playlist and 60's rock music. My body really moves to Roy Orbison this morning!! Feels great.
flexibility
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Zivio
I'm so grateful to Dr. David Burns and his book Feeling Good which rescued me from low self-esteem, introversion and depression some 30 years ago. I still regularly use the exercises I've learned from him for maintaining my mental health.
This book literally changed my life, made me a happier person and has benefited those who interact with me. Thank you, Dr. Burns for putting your effort, insight and experience into authoring this book and making it available to those in need.
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Zivio
For the second week in a row my sister gave me moral support, and encouragement and provided administrative assistance on a project that was discouraging me.
Besides the major help in moving the project forward, it was reassuring to know someone cares about me. Happy for yet another thing that has strengthened our bond.
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katdemoor
I exchanged some text messages with a friend who was sick. He said that he felt better after chatting with me. It warmed my heart! I was happy to make that person happier and there was gratefulness on both ends!
It brought us closer to each other!
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katdemoor
My best friend was worried about something but still afraid to take action. I encouraged her to do so and to let go of her fears. She did follow through and was happy she did as the outcome was very positive. She thanked me for being there and listening to her.
Every time we support each other in a difficult moment, when we have doubts, or feel sad, we grow towards each other and that's a great feeling.
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katdemoor
I bumped into my neighbour this morning and we talked about the upcoming holidays. I mentioned I was flying to Belgium to spend Xmas with my family and she offered to take me to the airport that day. A nice surprise!
I felt supported and I realized that I am surrounded with people who like to help and be of assistance; go out of their way to make my life easier!
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Catapan
My late husband’s friend - see earlier post - made good his promise to collect me and take me out for a coffee shop breakfast. He brought me up to date on happenings in his busy life and I felt confident I could tell him the important things happening in mine. He listened and responded with understanding
It was great to be taken care of in this simple way. I didn’t have to be responsible for getting there. I didn’t have to drive. Just a simple breakfast - was paid for; he had me sit down while he fetched the cutlery and napkins; as we were leaving he cleared away the rubbish - I didn’t have to do a thing except enjoy the moment. Also, I had someone who was interested in how I’m growing, now, as a widowed version of myself.
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Catapan
The women’s group of which I’m a member had its monthly get- together at my home. Everyone was simply warm, understanding, empathetic and cheerful. We had a music performance from one of our members and her friends, pot luck supper (always far too much food), Secret Santa gifts, singing Christmas carols round the piano and then also round the blazing fire pit in the garden, under the black night sky - heavy cloud obscuring the stars but occasional glimpses of the half moon . Friends, it was magical.
I felt part of a greater community than my own little world. I was so grateful that the women were ready and willing to join in whole-heartedly with everything, and that they all appreciated the sense of magic of being together and singing, round the fire in the night.
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Zivio
The little chorus of "Yay!" that went up when I rode my bike past the bus stop this morning and called out "Happy Friday beautiful people!"
Life affirming and happy that people are starting to respond to my daily greetings.
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Catapan
A friend rang to ask if I’d had the results of my recent mammogram. His wife died from breast cancer several years ago.
I was warmed by his concern.
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Catapan
My late husband’s friend got in touch (now his life has slowed down a bit) and suggested we go out for coffee - instead of the usual coffee and conversation in my kitchen. He offered to drive, too!
His reappearance cheered me, as it always does. I was astonished that he would suggest we go out. Then I was amazed that instead of us meeting somewhere, he told me he’d pick me up at home. Of course I accepted.
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Ohbejoyful
She showed me how to be a better person. She demonstrated how to be dignified and graceful and forgiving in truly awful circumstances.
I learned and was inspired.
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Zivio
Wasn't looking forward to today and rest of week -- full schedule, lots of interviews, to to customer site. But it didn't feel so bad as anticipated, and for that I'm grateful.
Reminded again that things rarely are as bad in reality as in the theatre of an anxious mind. It's nice that the universe often works this way, on balance, and for that I am thankful.
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Catapan
Mostly the usual group of friends met for a half-day hike. The route was chosen by a couple of people so all we had to do was walk it, no thinking required.
We were out in the hills, on a short winter day of bright sunshine and high pressure. The views were beautiful, even now, approaching the shortest day. We slogged through mud and boggy ground and nothing dimmed our cheerfulness. Conversation was varied and interesting - yes, even about the current political situation here in the UK. Afterwards we called in at a coffee shop for hot drinks and pastries. I had hot chocolate fudge cake with cream AND strawberry ice ream!
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Zivio
Cell phone pooped out just before heading home on my bike tonight. Thankful nothing went wrong on the trip that may have required calling for backup.
There are plenty of small goodnesses in life to be grateful for when I don't overlook them.
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JLF
Joaquin Miller park at first light
Awe inspiring!
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JLF
Unconditional love of my cat :)
For a few moments i was centered, present in now. Not worrying or fretting about the future
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Zivio
The worldwide web makes available a literal world of information, knowledge and training resources.
While it's easy to take this for granted I remember the old school way, and even then was grateful for so many who would share their knowledge through books. I feel so privileged to live with such riches!
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Ohbejoyful
I loved my first stretching class.
It reminded me that my body had alternative ways of moving than I normally settle for. I feel optimistic about reclaiming my body from injury and a sedentary career.
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seangun14
This person balanced a whole conference and took the time to look me in the eyes and thank me. He was a shining star.
He was able to refer me to an employer but, more importantly, he helped me feel welcome in a space I didn't belong in.
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Tawnya
Our work schedules have made time together difficult, but Kim found time for a much needed conversation that helped me feel connected.
I was struggling with discouragement and the time together lifted my spirits.
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marsha
My sweet 14 year old kitty Gracie who gives the best nose and cheek cuddles while her body vibrates with purring.
On a cold, gray day, Gracie brings warmth and contentment.
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marsha
A day when we ALMOST had snow....and we didn't. Yeah
Dry roads are always better than wet ones
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lbkirby
I got to hold my 1-year-old granddaughter (almost 2), attend her birthday party, watch The Santa Clause with her in bed while she rolled around and made me laugh, watch her play while I was getting ready for the day, and hold her when she woke up from her nap.
It reminded me how sweet, soft and funny she is and how I have so much joy in me when I see her that I get very emotional.
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Catapan
He’s a friend I’ve not heard from for a while. I rang him just to check in.
We had time to talk and he opened up about the latest chapter in the difficult family circumstances he’s dealing with. I was glad we could both tell eachother our news and reconnect