Public Gratitude Journal

What are you grateful for?

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Indoirish
I had an opportunity to volunteer at PEEC on Tuesday.
I am grateful for this activity as it allows me to be a part of our community. The nature center was not so busy and I was able to observe pretty western tanagers feeding. I snapped a video that I will post here.
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Gabriela Montalto
My friend helped me get acquainted of what I value in a partner. He is not my lover or romantic partner, but we´ve been seeing each other. He is not ready for commitment, which I really felt sorry for. And the thing is that that attitude of his, has taught me what I really want in a relationship. He´s been kind, and sweet and care for me. So I am grateful for he been nice and teaching me how much I value commitment.
I have more self-confidence on what I want from a romantic partner. I value myself more.
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HMM
I'm grateful for my daughter who shows passion in so many areas. She's deeply concerned about injustice and women's rights. She's become an articulate communicator about so many issues and she's only 16. Yesterday she made a sign and went to a reproductive rights protest.
It made me proud of her. It made me feel like a good mother, like my example has emboldened her to be a strong, outspoken young woman.
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Catapan
My friends, who are much better gardeners than I am, brought me some overflow plants from their garden and encouraged me in my efforts.
They gave me tips about small tasks I can do, to make progress in the garden. They also shared their friendship with me - stayed for coffee and biscuits, sitting in the garden, chatting. I’ve been feeling lonely so their company was very much appreciated.
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Catapan
Depression hitting very hard so I took my courage in both hands and sent out a multiple address “Help, please” appeal to a handful of friends.
The benefit? Wonderful. Calls and messages immediately and some helpful suggestions and the ripples of the network spread beyond my initial message. I am so grateful. All I needed was evidence that I’m not invisible, that I do exist.
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Indoirish
John made me a breakfast sandwich and coffee.
John made a breakfast sandwich and coffee for me. It gave me enough boost to go and do some exercise. It was a great start for my pleasant morning.
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Catapan
My GP surgery requires me to go for a bi-annual check-up.
I benefit from the free National Health Service provision that helps keep me well. This appointment also means that I MUST get up, wash, dress and leave the house, no matter how low I’m feeling.
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Zivio
Rereading gratitude entries from one year ago discovered that there was a stretch of several weeks with little anxiety at work. Fast forward to 2019 and the days and weeks have been filled with turmoil.
While this is unpleasant, I'm grateful for the life experiences that have taught me there are, have been and will be peaceful days and I may take some good comfort in that truth.
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Ctracy
She gave me a warm hug and said she was happy to see me.
It felt great to know I am important to my friend.
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Catapan
My piano teacher rang to cancel today’s lesson.
I’m sorry she has a migraine but I was feeling very unmotivated ( about everything) and had thought that, if I didn’t have a music lesson, I could take a duvet day and hide from reality. She has given me the excuse I need and, surprisingly, I am now feeling more like making an effort. Every cloud has a silver lining.
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KirbyLoreIsDeep
Every other Sunday, some friends gather so we can play Dungeons and Dragons. There are snacks and everything so it's pretty snazzy
My one friend is the ringleader of the group and makes sure that everything runs smoothly for everyone, and I can't be grateful enough that he takes up the mantle.
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Catapan
Two friends agreed to come to the cinema (15 miles away) with me.
I had wanted to see this particular film, which was only showing the one time, but I didn’t want to go all that way and sit in a cinema alone, so I was grateful for their interest and willingness to come along. Also, there were people to discus the film with, afterwards, and it was good not to be alone.
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Indoirish
As I woke up today I felt grateful for a brand new day.
I felt that today was a gift for me so I can do new, say, think new things. I felt happy.
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mvelasco44
I'm grateful for my mother who is making it possible for my trip to Costa Rica to happen.
This made it possible for me to see more than just Santa Cruz. Also traveling is going to an experience that I would always remember thanks to my mom for making it happen.
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KirbyLoreIsDeep
Recently I've been reading a really good book series, and I'm pretty grateful that the author felt confident enough to publish it
It's helped taken my mind off of some of the harder things that I deal with in my life, so that's pretty cool
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leisun
Instructors of "The Science of Happiness" on EdX created this beautiful course.
This has greatly improved my happiness, deepened my understanding of personal well-being, and let me to think about how to further improve my happiness through practice and learning.
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Zivio
Broke down in front of two trusted co-workers when sharing the most difficult experience of my professional life from several years back. Thankful for the opportunity to have unburdened myself of this history of which they were unaware although we were employed together at the time it had happened. They listened and now know what had transpired.
This has reinforced our solidarity for one another and for that, their understanding and moral support I'm truly grateful.
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Zivio
Two-for-one: (1) Reminded self to be grateful this morning for the current work troubles that have given opportunity to practice the skill of equanimity -- AND (2) was reminded that there have been relatively few life experiences that have so challenged me!
On balance, life has overwhelmingly been one of ease, and that is something for which to be truly thankful.
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Daviboi
I was caught in the rain outside, and upon walking back to school, I saw a rainbow.
It only lasted a couple of minutes, and if I had stayed inside I wouldn't have seen it.
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HMM
My husband was so cheerful today. When I was in bed with a neck ache, he showed me sympathy and asked if he could give me a neck rub.
It made me feel loved. He stopped, paid attention to me and showed me he cared.
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Happier
I have finally gotten a job that I really wanted.
It reminded me that good things can happen to me and I should not give up on my dreams.
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Indoirish
I have been studying “the science of happiness” course. I am grateful for all the research that people conducted for the course. That research has convinced me to include mindfulness practice in my daily life. I am in the process of implementing rest of what I learned from the course into my daily life. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to take this course.
I feel happy as I practice mindfulness daily. I feel more grateful. I feel more resilient towards life’s challenges.
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webkinz
My grandma took the time out of her busy morning to drive me to school today.
We had a nice leisurely conversation during the drive and it was nice to catch up with her.
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Catapan
My friend has asked me to be “assistant timekeeper” at a private uphill and down running race.
I didn’t say thank you because he thought he was thanking me but I know he’s made this decision to make sure I get out of the house and mix with people.
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jeremydeedes
Health and fitness I am thankful for my general health and fitness, which has improved so much this year. I see this in the result of the Kirkby 10k race last Sunday, in which I shaved two and a half minutes off last year’s time. I also see it in this afternoon’s run along the Cleveland Way from the office up the hill to the Lodge half way to Rievaulx. Although I wasn’t out for a personal best I found I was able to run almost to the top of the gully path before having to walk, a significant improvement on a few months ago when I could not even make it to the half-way tree trunk. I also see it in my Tanita stats, with my weight now consistently below 72kgs and often below 71kgs, a distinct improvement on last year where I was consistently around 75kg. other stats such as body fat, muscle mass and muscle quality are also looking good. Visceral fat at 10LV is still just within the ‘healthy’ range of 1-12 and needs to come down. I am grateful to Michael Mosley for his Blood Sugar Diet book, which helped me to better understand my body and the insulin equation in particular, the food that I eat and for his set of 10 minute daily exercises which have all helped. I am also very grateful to Renata Perini, who I met before Christmas at a wine tasting and subsequently joined her Friday morning combined Metafit and Yoga session. Being introduced to meta fit cam just at the right time, as i knew I needed some HIIT work to compliment my running. The sessions are tough and productive. I am not alone amongst our small group for dreading the sessions beforehand and extremely grateful for them afterwards. its also been a pleasure to meet and connect with some new people.
All in all, much to be thankful for. I feel fitter, more healthy, more motivated