Things I’m Thankful For

In an experiment, a group of people who kept weekly gratitude journals showed significantly better results on a range of psychological and physical well-being measures than people in either of two comparison groups. The group that kept a gratitude journal exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the future.

So, here, I’m going to start recording a regular gratitude journal listing out the things that I’m thankful for. Here goes.

November 27th, 2013

I’m thankful that I have so many great, positive friends in my life. With their example they inspire me to reach higher, live more fully, and love more openly.

I’m thankful I live in a beautiful seaside town where I can walk along the ocean any time I wish, and witness spectacular bright orange, red, and yellow sunsets every evening.

I’m thankful that I had a father who loved me with every ounce of his being. I will do everything I can in this life to be worthy of him.

November 29th, 2013

I’m thankful that I’ve had an opportunity to start my own business and run it successfully for over four years.

I’m thankful that during that time I’ve had an opportunity to work a variety of fun projects that I’ve truly enjoyed.

I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients and network with some truly awesome peers within the advertising industry.

December 2nd, 2013

I’m thankful for the guys in my mastermind group. Thanks to them, I’ve been inspired to reach higher and push myself to do bigger things.

I’m thankful that I live in Southern California, a place where I have opportunities to eat healthy food and live a healthy, active lifestyle.

I’m thankful that the sun is shining and the sky is blue, even though it’s already December…

December 4th, 2013

I am thankful for the 285 matches I have on Tinder. It’s nice to know that 285 beautiful women find me attractive, despite my ten million flaws.

I’m thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to learn valuable skills like WordPress, CSS, etc. that have helped enable a good lifestyle for me.

I’m thankful for the collection of experiences and skills I’ve accumulated over the course of my life which are contributing to the creation of my first book, which I’m excited about and think will be great.

December 12th, 2013 – Work

I’m thankful that I have the chance to wake up whenever I want, and work (or not work) whenever I want.

I’m thankful that I have the chance to work where ever I want.

I’m thankful that I have the chance to determine my own salary depending on how smart and how hard I work.

December 14th, 2013 – Travel

I’m thankful that I’ve been able to meet so many incredible people across the globe! Just received a Christmas card this morning from a friend in Malaysia.

I’m thankful for the people who have influenced me to become a better, wiser, more complete human. These individuals span across different places and types of backgrounds.

I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to live out some of my wildest dreams. I’m by no means finished, and I’m thankful and optimistic for future adventures as well! 🙂

December 24th, 2013

I’m thankful for my dog, Sanuk. He really is my best friend 🙂

I’m thankful that I’m physically and mentally healthy.

I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers. Each friendly conversation, each “good morning” or “hello” makes my life that much better.

January 3rd, 2014

I’m thankful that each day provides a new opportunity to learn, grow, create, and better myself as a person. My father always said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!”

I’m thankful that the things I’ve done and the lessons I’ve learnt and passed along have made a real positive difference in people’s lives. It’s always nice to receive an unexpected nice note from someone expressing their gratitude.

I’m thankful that I’ve had the chance to experience some truly beautiful moments with a few special individuals that I’ve cared about with my whole heart. Even though I cannot make those moments last forever, I am deeply grateful and express heartfelt thanks that I could experience them.

May 4, 2014

I am thankful for every time I’ve stumbled, fallen down, or had my heart broken. Because every time I’ve been hurt it’s taught me a little more about what it means to be human: how to truly value each moment, and better appreciate the many great blessings and people that I have.