12 Seconds of Gratitude (No. 1)

A quick list of reasons to be grateful & an exercise in finding the good in each day

Every evening at 9 pm, a little reminder pops up in my phone, telling me to write down 3 things I’m grateful for.

This is an exercise I do as part of my pursuit to have a positive mindset, even when faced with challenges from depression, anxiety and chronic pain. This is something I used to do from time to time years back – before finding the good in every day became a necessity. Looking back at the little snippets of joy still warms my heart.

I was inspired by the lovely Søs from KroniskeFarver.dk (Danish blog) to share my short list of gratitude on the blog.

I hope this will either give you a quick injection of joy and/or inspire you to practice more gratitude in your life.

I’m grateful for…

  1. Meeting with nice & creative people who share my passions
  2. Moving my body (even when I’m punished by pain afterwards). Sometimes it’s worth the pain to feel good in your body for just half an hour*
  3. Potential landlords who actually reply to my emails (not being passive aggressive at all!)
  4. For being able to push myself to do things, even though my anxiety find them scary
  5. I’m grateful for a fridge full of yummy leftovers on a high pain day
  6. The fact that popcorn exist and are easy to keep at hand for the days I’m out of energy to make or buy food
  7. That I don’t have to look for an apartment alone, that I’m doing it with S (it’s so stressful!)
  8. Rewatching the walking dead, even when I know bad times are coming. The first few seasons are good though!
  9. My big brother is getting me some stupid birthday present (it’s still on its way in the mail) and both my brothers can’t stop laughing about it
  10. My time living in this apartment is almost over. Not that it’s a bad place (it’s great!) but I really want to live in a place with a couch. And a proper kitchen. And not alone. I’m excited for what’s to come!
  11. That S and I are going to meet with a landlord tomorrow and check out an apartment. A really good one, it seems like. I really hope it’s “the one”, as I’m not ready for another rejection and the disappointment following it.**
  12. That I’ll soon be able to share a home with the person I love

*That was genuinely how I felt on the evening of, when I wrote this. The pain the day after (and the day after that) made me less certain of whether it really was worth it…

**It was a wonderful apartment (just a bit expensive). We didn’t get it. BUT (an important but) it all ended well, as the landlord had another apartment available, which was even better suited for us. And we got that one!

What are you grateful for?

Gif that says lots of love, Anne xx

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  1. says: Lauren

    This is such a lovely idea! Gratitude lists are such a great tool. They really help to put things in perspective and to remind you of all the wonderful things you have in your life xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk