12 Seconds of Gratitude (No. 3)

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 an absolute necessity. Looking back at the little snippets of joy still warms my heart. That’s why I’ve started to make a daily lists again.

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. Time with my mom: cooking, doing a crossword. Time with my sister: reading, eating giraffe cake*
  2. Reading Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime (the dancing Hitler story!!)
  3. Waking up next to my boyfriend (which is both nice and helpful when I’m having yet another high pain day and my mood is low)
  4. Made cake with my mom (and ate cake + strawberries)
  5. Watching cute animal videos with my sister (this one and this one is some of my recent faves)
  6. Wrote 2 blog posts this morning! First day where I didn’t wake up nauseous, so that’s real good
  7. Nice day with my dad (we build a thing together + fixed my unstable bookcase)
  8. The puppies of Reddit
  9. Grateful for the support I get from my parents, especially in difficult times like this. I’d be so lost without their help.
  10. Boiled sweets (I think that’s the right translation). My ‘cure’ for nausea – maybe not the best medicine of choice, but short term relief is necessary sometimes.
  11. Dinner tonight was so good. Yup, that’s what I’m grateful for today
  12. Escaping into the wonderful world of books. Currently re-reading Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which probably has the most weird and wonderful world to escape into.

*Does not contain giraffes. But it kinda looks like one thanks to the mix of banana and nutella cake!

**Another little note: This was supposed to be published over a week ago, but something went wrong. Anyway, here you are.

What are you grateful for?

Gif that says lots of love, Anne xx

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12 Seconds of Gratitude (No. 3)
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