Happy Friday, you lovely thing! How’s your week been?
My friend Tamsin recently nominated me for that “list three things you’re grateful for” thingy on Facebook. While I am whole-heartedly supportive of such a positive, life-affirming use of social media, I am going to cheat and do it my way. This is for three reasons:
1) I post blogs and articles and silly statuses on Facebook all the time. If I did this thing properly (i.e. once a day for ten days – thirty things to be grateful for, all told), the message of gratitude would get drowned out by the sound of everyone frantically removing me from their news feeds.
2) I can assimilate the point of this exercise in one bite-sized, easy to digest blog post, which is what I’m about to do.
3) I’m a contrary little so-and-so.
So, here is my take on the gratitude exercise: ten categories, three examples per category, thirty things to be grateful for. (So yeah, I am cheating, but technically I’ve done the exercise.)
- The ones who can always make you laugh
- The ones who are still friends after being miles and/or months apart
- The ones with whom you have excellent eyebrow semaphore.
- In-jokes whose origins are lost in the mists of time, but which still make you laugh
- Christmas cracker jokes
- A joke you tell that makes EVERYONE laugh – no better feeling in the world, is there?
- The ones who looked after you when you couldn’t look after yourself
- The ones who remember your most embarrassing moments but don’t bring them up in front of people
- The ones who become real friends.
- Life-changing, unforgettable ones
- Horrendous, lesson-learned-please-God-don’t-ever-let-that-happen-again ones
- Ones that make for rocking anecdotes.
- Ones who inspire/amuse you without ever knowing
- The ones who show you compassion when you’re lost/stuck/in trouble
- The ones who have taught their children how to behave in public.
Aspects of Nature
- Landscape awesomeness, e.g. sunsets
- Biology, which proves that deep down we’re all the same
- Penguins. Who does not love penguins?
- Ones that always make you feel good
- Ones that remind you of happy times and/or good friends
- Guilty pleasures (did somebody say Hanson?)
- The animatronics behind Ann Robinson’s face
- “This isn’t right.”
- “This is amazing!”
- “I love you.”
- Retro, cringy pop music
- Mushy, sentimental conversations
- ACTUAL CHEESE