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June 7th, 2019 at 03:29 pm

For the last year or so, I have been doing several things that benefit my emotional and mental well being. One of these things is practicing writing a list each week of all the things I am grateful for, and I stick it on the fridge so that I can see it each day. I don’t do it any particular day – sometimes a new list pops up every 10 days, sometimes within 4 days of the old list. But generally it evens out to about once a week. I wrote a list yesterday and was reflecting upon how many of those things are things that are directly or indirectly money-related. Here were some of the items on my list:

- I’m grateful that my close friends enjoy spending time at home playing board games with me instead of going out all the time (I am very introverted and a homebody, so this is both emotionally and financially good for me.
- I am grateful that my vegetables are flourishing in my garden beds and I will have healthy, organic produce later this summer
- I am grateful that my self-employment is going well and that I am able to earn as much as I am
- I am grateful that I was able to fix the rust spot on my washer so that I can keep using it longer
- I am grateful that I have flowers in my garden so I can have flowers at home for free
- I am grateful to have found a reliable and inexpensive handyman
- I am grateful for a local gardening group where people give away extra things and this weekend I am going to get a bunch of free flower plants. I am building a new flower bed in my garden, so this is very timely.

What are you grateful for?

5 Responses to “Gratitude”

  1. Wink Says:

    I love this idea! Your first item sounds just like me. My closest friends and I really enjoy staying in and having game and/or movie nights. We also enjoy pot lucks at each others house instead of going out to eat all the time.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    The practice of gratitude is well worth the benefits. Thanks for sharing! I have done a list of things to be grateful for a different times in my life, too.

  3. Jenn Says:

    Quick list: longer days of beautiful weather in central PA, adults who serve as great role models for my kids, and the stock market recovering the past couple of days.

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    Gratitude turns what we have into enough. ~ Author unknown

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Fabulous idea!

    I am grateful for my husband who is my best friend.
    I am grateful to live in America with all the rights and responsibilities as well as freedoms.
    I am grateful that DH and I are fortunate enough that we have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and a good life overall.
    I am grateful that we have enough money that we aren't struggling to get by.
    I am grateful for health -- vision, hearing, and mobility as well as decent care.

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