53 Things Of Happy: An Exercise in Gratitude

#1 and #2.

A.k.a. the post where I become a joiner and try to think positively at the same time. The universe might collapse in on itself in the process. If it does, don’t panic! I’m sure everything will turn out fine (See? Positive).


If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list (the timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at Tales From The Motherland. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; help us flood the blogosphere with both!

So, here we go. I’ve set the timer on my phone for ten minutes. Go!

  1. my dog.
  2. my cat.

    #1 and #2.
    #1 and #2.
  3. friends.
  4. especially my best friend who never ceases to amaze me with her awesomeness.
  5. blog friends. You guys rock.
  6. coffee.
  7. this blog.
  8. people who read this blog.
  9. reading other people’s blogs.
  10. that blogging as a concept exists. It didn’t always.
  11. the internet.
  12. literacy.
  13. books.
  14. my Redbubble store.
  15. Emails from Redbubble that constantly tell me I’ve sold stuff.
  16. Seriously, there are babies pooping in clothes I designed right now. That’s neat and also terrifying.
  17. Creativity.
  18. California winters.
  19. three-day weekends.
  20. the fact that my car seems to be functioning properly at the moment (knock on wood).
  21. My shoe collection.
  22. Adidas Superstars, the most comfortable shoes I own. Plus, they’re called superstars.

  23. Netflix & Amazon instant watch.
  24. games on my ipad.
  25. the fact that the meatsack called me seems to be functioning properly at the moment (knock on wood).
  26. antidepressants (day 3, baby).
  27. The fact that so many people know what depression is like.
  28. Really, I had a conversation with six people the other day and three of us have MDD.
  29. D&D.
  30. Twenty-sided die.
  31. The Shelves of Special Things
  32. Rolos and Reeses. Together at the same time.
  33. Pad Thai.
  34. Sushi.
  35. Hot chocolate.
  36. Hot showers.
  37. My enormous snuggly warm bed.
  38. Sleep.
  39. Waking up without a headache. A rare occurrence these days.
  40. Music. All of it everywhere, except Christmas music, which I’m entirely sick of, and anything autotuned.
  41. My ipod, still chugging away after all these years.

    The best ipod ever.
    The best ipod ever.
  42. My new phone case.

    Get your own here.
    Get your own here.
  43. Sweaters.
  44. Boots.
  45. Twitter.
  46. Writing fiction, even though I haven’t been doing enough lately.
  47. Inside jokes.
  48. My sense of humor. Really, I am a funny fucker.
  49. The fact that I continually manage to find things to blog about (not including hopping on listy bandwagons like this one).
  50. Finger-less gloves.
  51. Hats.
  52. The off-leash dog park. Thanks, Los Angeles.
  53. Video games. That reminds me, I need to get the new Fallout.

Well, what do you know!? I was panicking that I wouldn’t have enough things, but I actually went over 50. Go on and give it a try yourself.