50 Happy Things 2018

 

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 byΒ 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.

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2. My pets (two dogs and two cats) and the love and cuddles we exchange. πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚
5. Mom -my source of unconditional love and support.

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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.

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(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.

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9. All the trips my husband and I took last year. Rajasthan (Udaipur and Jodhpur), Chail, and of course, Italy.

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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.

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14. Some really good friends I made through reading and writing communities and through social media.
15. Mountains.

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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.

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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.
25. Meditation.
26. My first solo trip to Leh in August 2017.

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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.
33. Airports.
34. Bengali food.
35. Travelling.
36. Kindness of strangers.
37. Sunrises from majestic mountains.
38. Teachings of the Buddha.
39. Rain.
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.

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(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. πŸ™‚

17 thoughts on “50 Happy Things 2018

  1. What a wonderful list, Kasturi! I am ever so grateful that you were inspired by me, who was inspired by Dawn.
    Way to go on the reading list in 2018 – I failed but that’s ok. I am striving to read more in 2018 πŸ˜‰
    Excellent TED talk link as well. I keep a gratitude journal and write in it every night before bed as well. We cannot discount the importance of gratitude.
    May 2018 bring you and yours much joy and happiness as well!

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    • Thank you so much for the gratitude post that inspired me to write my own, Dale! πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading my list as well. I wish you get to read many more books in 2018 and yes, it’s absolutely okay to read less! I’m glad you liked the TED Talk, it is such an inspiring one and I absolutely love it. I’ve tried keeping a gratitude journal but keep failing in maintaining consistency. Maybe, I shall give it another try this year. Thanks for the reminder. A very happy new year to you, too. May you have a wonderful 2018 filled with love, peace, and joy! πŸ™‚

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      • I.can tell you I started and stopped my gratitude journal so many times until I truly managed to create a habit. Now it has been years I’ve been keeping it with just a miss here and There! Try till it becomes a ritual ☺

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  2. It really is so important to count your blessings. In our hunt for happiness we actually forget to take into account the little things that truly give happiness to us. That’s a wonderful list and am I’m so glad to have read it. You inspired me to write my own. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful 2018 and may it not just be a great year but may you have double, no triple the number of reasons to express gratitude. ❀

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    • Thanks for reading and liking my post, Piyusha! πŸ™‚ Yes, please make a list of your own. It will instantly make you feel happier. I’d love to read your list! πŸ™‚ Heartfelt thanks for your wishes and I wish you too have a bombastic 2018 with a multitude of occasions to be grateful for! Lots of love and hugs. πŸ™‚

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  3. Kasturi, I’m so grateful that you took the time to check out my Gratitude list (after enjoying Dale’s); it is so wonderful to find new blogs and enjoy so much positivity! I love the photos you’ve added to your post; they bring me in. India is one of my favorite places and I’ve taken 2 of my kids there. My youngest and I hope to make that trip at some point. He just spent 3 weeks in Dharamsala, studying non-violent communication. He got to see the Taj, and some of Dehli, but yes, the air quality was a problem. I loved Rajasthan, Jaipur, and Udapur; and who doesn’t love biriyani? πŸ˜‰ Such a wonderful list, that takes me back to such wonderful memories of a place I love. Thanks so much for adding your 50 happy grateful moments! I’ve added a link to your piece, on my blog. Happy New Year!

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    • Thank you so much for going through my list, Dawn. I’m so grateful to you for starting this wonderful trend. Most of the times, the key to our unhappiness is that we keep stressing on all that is ‘wrong’in our lives rather than focusing on whatever is ‘right’ when the latter would outweigh the former in most of the cases. I’m so glad I came across the lovely gratitude posts written by Dale, you, and all other people I found on your website. πŸ™‚ I’m happy to know you liked India. I hope you get to visit again soon. The course in Dharamshala sounds so wonderful! I met a Turkish lady when I was returning from Leh and she too was taking some courses in Dharamshala. I wish I too get a chance to attend such a course someday. It is my life’s dream to meet HH The Dalai Lama and Matthieu Ricard at some point in my life. Glad to know you love biriyani, too. πŸ˜€ Thank you for adding my post to the list. Happy New Year to you, too! πŸ™‚

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  4. So much beauty in your list, beginning with the lovely photo of you and your husband. Wonderful to see that a world away we all have the lovely moon, political comedians, Number the Stars (read this with my children this year and loved it) and winter sunshine (although ours is hidden behind blizzard snow today, it’ll be out tomorrow.) Happy New Year.

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    • Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you, too. Yes, perhaps we all have more in common than we sometimes realize and that’s a beautiful thing. πŸ™‚ I’ll go and check out your post soon. πŸ™‚

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