Gratitude has much to do with happiness, and I sometimes forget to stop and think about what I’m grateful for. As a part of paying more attention to my life, I’m making it a regular practice to jot down what I’m grateful for at least once a week. Here are just five things I came up with this morning:
Libraries. I’ve learned so much from library books (how to grow herbs in
Florida, where to
stay and eat in Boston, what is a
happiness project?). I’ve been entertained by fiction and magazines, DVDs and
CDs. I can download free music (through Freegal) and borrow materials from
libraries all across the country. And those are just the services I use. My library offers much, much
more. I don’t know what I’d do without the library system and I’m so grateful
to be able to access it.
“Ordinary.” I love my daily routines and “ordinary” life (which I know is a very nice one). I don’t need anything big and extravagant to happen—I’m 99 percent content with the stuff of everyday life. That is a huge blessing.
My office. When I walked in here this morning and flipped on the light, I felt a rush of peace, contentment and happiness. I’m grateful to have my own space to inspire and recharge me.
My mother-in-law. She’s one of my best friends, and I know I’m lucky to feel that way.
Freedom to set my own schedule. I have plenty to do—as do we all—but I answer only to myself. I can decide when to write, when to cook or clean, when to run errands or when to chuck it all and play. I’m in charge, and sometimes I forget that. When I contemplate working in an office for someone else, I’m grateful that, for now, I don’t have to.
What are you grateful for?