Public Gratitude Journal

What are you grateful for?

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Alfredo_soto
I had a beautiful day with my family , today after a work week , met with my family and ate with them , did some households , and at the end of the day we went to the movies.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be with my family this day, for the support and love they give me, for the effort and hard work my parents made for the person who I am.
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marqcart
My voice students showed up for our studio party, and we all had a really nice time. Multiple people mentioned that they were thankful for my teaching and my paying for appetizers too!
This reminded me why I love what I do, and allowed us to have fun together as a group.
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Catapan
I invited friends home for a meal and they came and we sat a long time just catching up.
These friends have been very supportive sinc3 my husband died so I was glad I could do something for them - they had a family funeral yesterday.
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Lokesh
I am thankful for my cousin's friend. He let me stay with him. And his roommates are awesome. Its so nice to see people helping out fellow men. As I am new into my Job, the coming few weeks will be struggle. But I've got support from a lot of people.
I want to appreciate the people in my life. I want to make it a point to call up or message at least one friend/family member who I haven't spoken to in a while.
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alakahsamm
I was asked to tutor their children and was intimidated by the idea because I hadn’t had a lot of experience teaching younger humans, but it ended up being a really great time.
It reenergized me! It reminded me how much I love to teach and how much I love when students have their ah-ha moments. It made me feel alive.
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alakahsamm
We went out to 80s night and danced all night. The energy of the crowd was contagious. We made friends with Kyle, who had some sweet moves. On our way back home, my friends and I sang Tainted Love at the top of our lungs.
It made me feel grateful to have these people in my life, happy to live in such a beautiful city, and silly and excited to be alive.
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maneesha
I reached out to an estranged friend and he welcomed me with open arms
It reminded me of how loved I am
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Zivio
I'm having feelings of genuine happiness tonight! Rare that I have these feelings although for a time was able to invoke them through my "Mental Health Friday" rituals and practice. So glad to find this old friend again.
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Zivio
Stumbled upon a young people jazz combo playing/singing Autumn Leaves at a Christmas tree lighting event in front of City Hall on my return bike commute.
The memory/nostalgia of being young and putting out a musical offering brought me to joyful tears and love for those souls.
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katdemoor
I had taken off my ring when I had coffee at my usual coffee shop and I forgot it on the table. I realized that I did not have my ring a lot later. I called the place and the lady immediately knew I was calling for my "big butterfly". I was so happy I did not lose it and that the ladies in the shop are taking care of it.
I really would have regretted having lost this special ring made by a friend, it is a unique piece I really love and that has a lot of sentimental value as well. I was also grateful that there are still so many honest and caring people around.
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More Adventurous
My job takes over my life (high school teacher) and I rarely go out on weeknights, but I went to a bar last night for a friend's birthday and ended up seeing several friends I hadn't seen in a long time. It made my heart so warm and happy (as did the delicious cocktail I had).
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JinMT
Two friends. One helped me out tonight with a grocery run. I helped her out with heavy lifting. It was really great to help and also to get help. My other friend is a super kind, caring person who does so much for vulnerable people. I'm so thankful to know them. They inspire me to be better.
I had a much more relaxing and positive evening, which was especially great after a chaotic and stressful work day.
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BikeCat
A worker at the grocery store was in the prepared foods section but saw me waiting to have bread sliced at the bakery and walked over to help me. When I handed her the bread I'd picked from the bakery bin, she picked out a fresher loaf from behind the counter and gave that to me instead.
After a spate this week of dealing with various contractors and vendors who were not doing their job very well and who were being less than helpful... this was a small but meaningful gesture to remind me that there are indeed people who care about their customers.
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Catapan
I bought myself some self care - a facial and a sample of CACI treatment. The therapist (who recently had a mastectomy for you-know-what) was so calm and friendly and skilled. How wonderful to have such skills, such clever hands.
I love how my face appears, now, in the mirror. It makes me smile to see the benefits. This was a rather expensive indulgence and one I hope to repeat some time
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Swasti
I have had a very hectic day and the sword of having to finish the last part of my Happiness at Work online course was making it worse. Upon returning I just about change into my comfortable wear and sat down on the dining chair with my laptop. This was quite an unusual sight at home around 8pm. Infact that's time for connecting after work, preparing a meal and then sharing it with my husband and spending the rest of thieving either listening to music or watching a nice movie or reading. I hadn't shared with him that I was lagging behind in my course and that the deadline was fast approaching. But, finally I just had to tell him as it was an unusual evening and something that needed a clarification. Finally I did share with him. From then on for the whole of the last evening he took over. He prepared the meal, did the dishes, also gave me my last cup of night tea and went off to sleep without any further questions asked. His seamless support over the last 25 years has allowed me to pursue what ever I wanted with ease and confidence. I am full of gratitude to have been with him all this while. I feel happy and warm and loved. I feel secure in the knowing that I am always supported no matter what. This writing also also me to reflect upon my support which is unwavering like his to him. But what comes to the forefront is how of providing that support. What could I change or allow to be in me to be of help to him.
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Danika Destini Key
My romantic partner finally told his best friend to stop seriously calling me a dumbass and degrading me whenever possible, and he doesn’t usually say anything when insults are inflicted because his best friend is teaching him how to drive (they’re both 19), and if he argues with his best friend, he has a lower likelihood of continuing to receive driving lessons because nobody in his household has the time or motivation to help him learn.
It benefitted me because hopefully in the future, his best friend will at least insult me less than he has been lately. I usually internalize his insults and it’s difficult for me to not perceive myself in the same way that others do whenever it’s a negative perspective.
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Marianne Bolton
Met back up with my choir for Christmas concert rehearsals after a day of feeling unhappy, stressed and frustrated and the music and the people really helped lift me to a better emotional space. This was through singing freestyle version of Silent Night with a great guitar chord at the end and then some lovely conversations in the pub afterwards in which I felt very connected. Also greeted by friend who's returned from travelling and they were really happy to see me which also lifted my mood.
The whole evening and interactions with various people and the music helped me shift my mood to a much better place by the time I got home to my flat.
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Marianne Bolton
LM gave me the time yesterday to offload about a whole heap of stuff to do with various clients and their situations I'm supposed to be sorting out and was really sweet about it which I appreciated as we're all really busy and and don't have much time to spend listening to other people ranting on.
I was happy that someone listened to me for a bit as I've been feeling really stressed about these issues.
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Alfredo_soto
" I finished my Science of Happiness Course"
Taught me about the real Happiness and practices that I can do for a better life. It reminded me become a better person, for me, for my peers and for my world. I was stuck in a depressed life and it was driving me near death, now from a scale 1-10 the 9 or even 10 is my number. Starting with a 3 or maybe a 2 scale, my life was difficult and waking up every morning was unpleasant to me. Now I really wanna say thanks to all of the people who work in this, for making it possible, for the sacrifice of the scientist and teachers that gave me a New lens for my life.
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Zivio
Last night I'd feared that my knee was injured. This morning I still felt some discomfort but by end of day it was virtually gone!
I was concerned that this might have set me back for awhile on learning and practicing some Tai Chi forms when I'd just made some good progress as a rank beginner. Happy for this unexpected outcome.
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Zivio
Assisted company owner with her list of email/computer tech issues. She thanked me numerous times and was pleased with all the progress we had made.
I'm glad she was so appreciative ... to me the problems were no big thing, but I could tell they'd been troubling her for awhile. It's good to have something of value to offer.
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JinMT
Two friends: One, a longtime online friend came through town and we had dinner together. The other friend drove me home, after I helped her get a heavy thing into her 3rd floor walk-up.
Made me happy, made me feel appreciated and I didn't have to walk home after dark!
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Lisa.guthery
I danced with my daughter.
It was quality time with her and I got to excercise.
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Lisa.guthery
My colleague helped advocate for me at work.
This allowed me to feel supported and like I was more capable of doing my job since I know someone believes in me.
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alakahsamm
I've only had one other interaction with this bus driver, but I love his positive energy that he radiates. He points out rocks or trees and asks me if I can see the figures that he sees. He shared his love for music with me by talking about the open mics he goes to and how he gets people he meets to interact and be a part of the music.
He made me stand back for a second and look at the big picture. It was a sneaky mindfulness practice that he shared with me. Sometimes when I'm walking around now, I stop and take a look around and see if I see anything interesting.