Gratitude #1

When I started this blog in Korea, I had no idea it would end up as a random spot for me to write about pretty much everything in my 3rd year subjects, but turns out it’s quite useful!

My online elective, Happiness and Positive Psychology, involves writing a reflection on a particular topic almost every week and sharing it with a small study group.  I have done a few so far (that I might share on here later on) but the topic this week is gratitude.

I haven’t done the readings just yet, but I think the gist of it is that sometimes when we feel down or when people are suffering from mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc) they focus entirely on the negatives and the act of gratitude can give some much needed perspective.

So for this week, I have to do 2 things.  First, I have to write a list of things I’m grateful for, for 5 consecutive days.  Secondly, I have to write a letter to someone who has done something that means a lot for me, that I haven’t properly thanked them for.  I’ve just finished the second one, and have decided to keep track of my gratitude lists on here.

This is due on Sunday, so I’m actually going to start by reflecting on yesterday (will end up with 5 – Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat).

Tues 26/008/2015 Gratitude List

  1. Grateful for my home and bed, waking up warm and safe when it’s cold outside and a lot of people don’t have these comforts
  2. My husband – he’s always happy and cheerful in the mornings, so even though my natural inclination is to wake up a little sleepy and grumpy, just seeing him always makes me immediately cheerful
  3. He decided to drive in, so we got an extra 15 mins sleep in – so valuable in the morning!
  4. My amazing colleagues, even the random ones who aren’t in my team, it is really nice to see everyone when I walk in, walk past and say hi to them and find out how their weekends went (I don’t work on Mondays)
  5. My boss – I literally have the best boss in the world.  I can’t believe how lucky I am, he will do anything and everything for me to succeed in my studies and career
  6. When colleagues come to me with difficult things they are experiencing in life – I’m so grateful that they feel comfortable to speak to me, and thankful that I have learned how to truly listen to others.  I’m still tempted to problem solve and ask questions, but that’s not what they need.
  7. I’m grateful that work invested money in training me in personality profiling, although it wasn’t even remotely in my job description.  It’s a passion, and now I finally get to start running them in the workplace.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to basically be getting paid to talk to people and to help them develop and gain greater self-awareness.
  8. I’m grateful to be doing projects at work that I love, and through these, I get the opportunity to get to know some talented and experienced managers whom I would not normally interact with.  Hearing their stories gives me so many ideas on how to help others in the workplace.
  9. I am so thankful for my in-laws.  My favourite thing is that their home is an environment that encourages debate and critical thinking.  Even though I don’t always fully participate, it provides even more intellectual stimulation.
  10. Last but definitely not least…this didn’t really come up yesterday specifically but it’s always on my mind.  I’m so grateful that my dad is healing.  I’m grateful that he’s at home, surrounded by everyday comforts, and that my step mum is there.  I don’t know what we would do without her.
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