28 Days of Gratitude

A few Cosmo issues back, I read an article that inspired me. The author wrote about how fleeting gratitude is in daily life, and encouraged the reader to make a conscious effort to appreciate one good thing that happened to them everyday. I wouldn’t necessarily say that being actively grateful for things is difficult as such, but it certainly doesn’t happen as much as it should; despite the sheer volume of good things that happen during the day, ranging from someone paying an unexpected compliment to (as is less likely) winning the lottery, making a mental note along the lines of ‘Yeah, that was quite nice isn’t something you think about. So, throughout February, I took it upon myself to do just that, everyday for the whole month. Here is what I was grateful for:

  1. Kind co-workers asking about my nana.
  2. A customer going out of her way to compliment my poppin’ highlighter!
  3. My beautician trusting me to leave the shop when I forgot my purse.
  4. Having my best friend back in the country for a couple of weeks.
  5. Securing a third date!!!
  6. How lucky I am to have someone as strong as my mum for a role model.
  7.  A chatty Wetherspoons sesh with the work crew.
  8. Being able to say that I honestly enjoy my job.
  9. Peanut M&Ms.
  10. Lazy days watching The Walking Dead.
  11. Girly curry/wine nights with my bestie.
  12. Feeling so at home with my friend’s family.
  13. Having a mum who cares enough about my mental health to ask how or if she can help when she’s stuck for ideas.
  14. Self-care.
  15. Having friends capable of forgiveness.
  16. How much people cared for and loved my nana.
  17. Inventive foods and feeling full at Annie’s Burger Shack.
  18. My best friend making time for just me and her.
  19. Post-work naps.
  20. Mini Eggs, hot cross buns and all other Easter foods.
  21. So many lovely people complimenting and entering my giveaway!
  22. Genuine well-meaning sentiments from strangers.
  23. Making new friends.
  24. Harry Potter-themed bar crawls!
  25. People who let you go at your own pace.
  26. Booking Leeds Festival tickets for the summer!
  27. My mum setting her own alarm for my prescription, just in case I forget.
  28. Yorkshire puddings.

This challenge wasn’t particularly difficult, but on some of my worse days I did have to think a little harder, and finding something good in all the gloom was cheering. It’s also lovely to be able to look back on these small, seemingly insignificant things that actually brightened up a few of my days.

Will you be taking this challenge?

Juliet

I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

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