gratitude increases happiness




Just saw this on Buddhist Boot Camp‘s facebook page – love it! Β He suggests putting up a chalk board, whiteboard or whatever in your house – get creative and put it out there. What makes you happy?


Today I’m grateful for the cool temperature; my mushy cats; my big bed; a day off; and the absolute silence in the house πŸ™‚







16 thoughts on “gratitude increases happiness

  1. Grateful that my mind can hold more than a whiteboard. πŸ™‚

  2. (what a great answer posted my T W Dittmer).

    I’m always grateful for the ability to get outdoors for a walk taking photos & communing with Nature. I grateful for the rare times I get a deep restful night’s sleep. I’m grateful for my wonderful neighbour & also my SIL (who help me out when I’m having a downturn in health).

    I’m especially grateful to live in such a wonderful location so close to the very best things in my current life.

    ……and believe it or not, I’m grateful for having chronic ill health, because it forced me to give up working and enabled me to slow down, rest more & get outdoors more.

    I love my simple life, where I can be mindful of nearly every single thing I do. e.g. planting herbs in my potted garden and pottering around in the community garden next to my flat. I’m grateful for the time to watch the birds on the fence chattering away to each other. When I’m exhausted, I love sitting near my open balcony door listening to the wind rustling the leaves or tossing the roses about on their delicate stems.

    The other week on my walk, I actually saw a water lily pop open. Not before or after. I actually saw a flower open. Most flowers gradually open out. I discovered that water lilies pop, from closed to almost fully open. It was one of the most surprising and magical things I’ve ever seen.

    • Thanks for your response Vicki. And for that lovely story about the water lily – how gorgeous to be in the right spot at the right time to see that!

      Your life sounds peaceful and calm and I’d be happy to live with those mindful moments too. I know you cope with pain, limitations, but there’s such serenity in your words and photos…

      I almost deleted my post after Tim’s response! Of course there is so much to be grateful for it suddenly felt silly to have nominated things like my bed! but life is so often chaotic round here I’m so happy for a whole day of silence πŸ™‚ (and looking forward to a couple of days at the beach again end of this week!)

  3. Grateful for family they are there when I truly need them.

  4. have granddaughter for a sleepover, rain outside, sweet clear water to drink πŸ™‚

  5. This is a wonderful idea. At the moment I am grateful that the last two weeks are over and this week is better.

  6. I do have a whiteboard! I’m grateful for the good people in my life!

  7. today I’m grateful to remember that it is such a great thing when I feel grateful…thanks for this fine post!

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