50 Happy Things 2018: Bloggers Unite to Flood the Internet With Gratitude
I had been contemplating on writing a gratitude post as a new year special but was still uncertain as to how I wanted to present it. My belief that the Universe listens to us was once again confirmed when I found a similar post on a blog I follow, A Dalectable Life. Upon reading Dale’s post, I came to know of this beautiful trend of expressing gratitude that has been started by Dawn Quyle Landau. Thank you, Dawn. I absolutely enjoyed the exercise. Please head over to her blog to see the rules.
The exercise was simple. I needed to write down 50 things I am grateful for within 15 minutes. It is important to time yourself so that you write things that come to your mind spontaneously, rather than giving it too much of a thought. After completing my list, I’d gone back to add more details to it but the original list remains the same here. I hope you enjoy reading it and that you also create a gratitude list of your own.
Here goes my list:
1. The friendship and love that I share with Dipayan, my husband.
2. My pets (two dogs and two cats) and the love and cuddles we exchange. 🙂
3. The nice, airy house we live in without having to pay rent.
4. My terrace garden, the one I built from scratch with the help of a gardener over the last three years. 🙂
5. Mom -my source of unconditional love and support.
6. The books I read from all over the world that make me wiser, nicer, and most importantly, happier. In 2017, I was going through a very low phase and books helped me tremendously.
(Image Source: Goodreads. I read 36 books last year, some of which are being displayed here.)
7. My creative instinct that keeps pushing me towards writing better.
8. Visiting Rome and Venice in April 2017. My first trip outside Asia.
9. All the trips my husband and I took last year. Rajasthan (Udaipur and Jodhpur), Chail, and of course, Italy.
10. The comfortable bed that provides me with a good night’s sleep.
11. The ability to eat full meals and to be able to afford healthy food.
12. Birds and the noise they make around my house.
13. The love of stray animals.
14. Some really good friends I made through reading and writing communities and through social media.
16. Biriyani (I’m sorry, but I’m obsessed with biriyani).
17. Winter sunshine.
18. My cousin sister, Prajna Paramita. We really get each other.
19. The fact that I can afford to work from home.
20. The ability to invest enough time to work on projects I’m passionate about.
21. Impromptu hugs and kisses from both human and furry friends.
22. People who read my words and appreciate or encourage me.
23. Chocolates -the ultimate treat.
24. Being able to live a life that I believe in.
26. My first solo trip to Leh in August 2017.
27. The soft and warm blanket that always keeps me warm irrespective of how cold it is outside.
28. The different courses and books on writing from where I learnt a lot about the craft.
29. Friends who keep their promises.
30. Friends who genuinely care.
31. Waking up to kisses.
32. Plane rides.
34. Bengali food.
36. Kindness of strangers.
37. Sunrises from majestic mountains.
38. Teachings of the Buddha.
40. Long drives.
41. Music that moves me deeply.
42. Conversations about life.
43. A good and cleansing crying session.
44. Clean water.
45. The air purifier that prevents us from falling frequently sick due to the pollution.
46. The cold pressed juicer that helps us consume more fruits.
47. The moon.
48. Political comedians (specifically, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Samantha Bee). Thank you for seeing humour even in bleak and grim situations.
49. All the wonderful TV series that we watch.
(Image Source: Wikipedia)
50. My intelligence and my seeking spirit that help make me a good learner.
If you’re still wondering about the significance of expressing gratitude, do listen to this TED Talk, one of the most beautiful talks I’ve ever heard.
May you have a 2018 that is filled with love, laughter, and living in the moment. Don’t forget to be grateful, as that is the key to our happiness. 🙂