Friday, January 4, 2013

Things That Made My Week

Meisjes in bevrijdingsoutfit / Girls in liberation outfit
photo via flickr commons

In an effort to be a happier person, I started writing down a list of things I felt grateful for that day (big and small). Here are the highlights from this week:

- listening to Taylor Swift at work (I will never apologize for being so lame.)
- green onions in/on eggs
- sharing a secret with my friend (hihi, JZ)
- eating dried cherries before dinner
- glancing at our office visitor sign-in book every time I walk by
- warm tights

There is a ton of evidence that the happiest people are the ones that feel and express gratitude. So you should try doing this too! 

4 comments :

  1. Maybe if I post from iPad it will let me. Hihi!! Love you!

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  2. My guess is that simply recalling things you are happy about frequently has about the same effect as recalling things you are grateful for. I'm surprised none of those studies you cited attempted to disprove that. After all, things people are grateful for are often things that people are happy about and it's absolutely intuitive that if you recall things you're happy about a lot you'll be a happier person. If, however, they were indeed able to show that recalling things we're grateful for is more helpful than merely recalling things we are happy about, that would be a pretty significant discovery.

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    1. Ha. Yeah, I was also thinking about that as I was clearly writing a list of things that made me feel happy (not necessarily grateful).

      I do think they use "happy about" and "grateful for" interchangeably. The main idea, as I interpret it, is to actually write those down so you have a record of how great life is. (Because I, at least, lose sight of that when going through a rough patch.)

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