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The Gratitude Project

Welcome to the Gratitude Project, our practice of noticing and actively valuing the good things that happen in our lives. Featured every Sunday, we'll all be listing at least 3 things, in detail, that we're grateful for from this past week. I'll keep the link open throughout the week on the Editor's Picks box, so you can post on the weekdays, too.


For more details about the research on health, increased happiness and gratitude, please read the post in which I previewed this feature. Lots of good stuff there.


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I'm grateful for all the people in casual carpool this week who were so curious and open and warm. When strangers are so decent with each other, it makes me feel much more connected, and more hopeful about things in general.

I'm grateful to my friend R. for being so patient and giving this week. I've been overbusy and not looking in on people like I usually do. Instead, she's looked after me, without requiring anything in return. It just felt very nurturing and calming.

I'm grateful to T. for all the ways in the past 2 weeks that he showed how much he esteems and values me, going out of his way to root for me. It felt like having my very own unsolicited fan club, and it made me want to cry from happiness and wonder.

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DearSugar DearSugar 9 years
i'm grateful for j., who laughs at all the places & makes me feel both smart and silly. which makes me feel good. i'm grateful for the nice young man in our building who's always so sparkly and friendly. someone else in the office mentioned him in the same way yesterday. i wish he knew how much he brightens everything around him. i'm grateful for the ways my mother has grown & changed, even tho she's always been so adamant that people don't change. i'm grateful i can accept the irony and the beauty of that.
andaman andaman 9 years
I'm grateful for my home. It's shabby chic. I'm grateful for my education I'm grateful for all my pain. It's made me stronger. I'm grateful to be alive
herbiefrog herbiefrog 9 years
re-run time is over...time to..."live or die"you cant escape from that one...
herbiefrog herbiefrog 9 years
re-run time is over... time to... "live or die" you cant escape from that one...
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
i'm also grateful for re-runs of Seinfeld and Friends! :P
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
I'm grateful for:1 - My book club... i stumbled on it on Craig's List and have loved every moment of it!2 - My boyfriend, for letting me cry on his shoulder whenever i need to, and not getting angry when i get snot on his nice shirts3 - my sister, who took such amazing care of my back hurt... she's the best sister in the world
LizaToad LizaToad 9 years
I'm grateful for: 1 - My book club... i stumbled on it on Craig's List and have loved every moment of it! 2 - My boyfriend, for letting me cry on his shoulder whenever i need to, and not getting angry when i get snot on his nice shirts 3 - my sister, who took such amazing care of my back hurt... she's the best sister in the world
herbiefrog herbiefrog 9 years
we're grateful that...our friends support our causes...dont over value their wealth...and are willing to lket it go......dont worry...there's plenty ...more...where that came from : ))
herbiefrog herbiefrog 9 years
we're grateful that... our friends support our causes... dont over value their wealth... and are willing to lket it go... ...dont worry ...there's plenty ...more ...where that came from : ))
vmruby vmruby 9 years
I'm grateful for the dozen beautiful multi-colored roses my husband bought home for me on saturday ...... I'm grateful because my kitchen is finished being remodeled and i can finally use it........ I'm grateful for all the love that i have in my life, everyday of my life..... I'm grateful that spring and the warm weather is on it's way........
vmruby vmruby 9 years
I'm grateful for the dozen beautiful multi-colored roses my husband bought home for me on saturday ......I'm grateful because my kitchen is finished being remodeled and i can finally use it........I'm grateful for all the love that i have in my life, everyday of my life.....I'm grateful that spring and the warm weather is on it's way........
Stella10 Stella10 9 years
I'm greatful that my sister and I have come full circle, we fought alot as teenagers do (what siblings didn't?) I'm greatful that the three of us can finally go out and party together. I'm greatful for my mother who works so hard everyday and gives everything that she has into the crazy world of politics. And I'm greatful that I have a good friend who will spend 4 hours at a restaurant with me on a friday night having a few drinks and snacking on appetizers, and sharing our trials and tribulations for the week!
Stella10 Stella10 9 years
I'm greatful that my sister and I have come full circle, we fought alot as teenagers do (what siblings didn't?) I'm greatful that the three of us can finally go out and party together.I'm greatful for my mother who works so hard everyday and gives everything that she has into the crazy world of politics.And I'm greatful that I have a good friend who will spend 4 hours at a restaurant with me on a friday night having a few drinks and snacking on appetizers, and sharing our trials and tribulations for the week!
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I am grateful: *that my fiance didn't just dismiss how upset I was about a highlighting-my-own-hair mishap and helped me try and fix it even though it was the LAST thing that he wanted to do. It showed me that even though I NEVER am hysterical over little things that he will be there for me no matter what (we've been through the big stuff before, but the little stuff is important too), and that he really is one of the best friends that I have ever had in my whole life too. *that my stepson hugged me as soon as he saw me every time we had visitation this week, and he hugged me hard and I knew he meant it. Sometimes he is distant and I am so grateful that this week I felt really important in his life. *that my stepdaughter wasn't distant this weekend. I really wanted to feel like I had connected with her again, and she was open and loving with me, and that doesn't always happen. When it does, I feel very grateful. Also that even though her cousin couldn't play with her after they had already made plans, that she didn't take it out on us and didn't misbehave because she was mad.
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I am grateful:*that my fiance didn't just dismiss how upset I was about a highlighting-my-own-hair mishap and helped me try and fix it even though it was the LAST thing that he wanted to do. It showed me that even though I NEVER am hysterical over little things that he will be there for me no matter what (we've been through the big stuff before, but the little stuff is important too), and that he really is one of the best friends that I have ever had in my whole life too.*that my stepson hugged me as soon as he saw me every time we had visitation this week, and he hugged me hard and I knew he meant it. Sometimes he is distant and I am so grateful that this week I felt really important in his life.*that my stepdaughter wasn't distant this weekend. I really wanted to feel like I had connected with her again, and she was open and loving with me, and that doesn't always happen. When it does, I feel very grateful. Also that even though her cousin couldn't play with her after they had already made plans, that she didn't take it out on us and didn't misbehave because she was mad.
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I am grateful for: *my fiance's ability to make me laugh at myself. *ice cream! *knowing that if I ever have a problem I can go to my family.
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I am grateful for:*my fiance's ability to make me laugh at myself. *ice cream!*knowing that if I ever have a problem I can go to my family.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I feel gratitude for both my joy and my sorrow. I feel gratitude to my friend S. for sharing her music with me. I feel gratitude to the Sugar crew for providing me a way to connect with people during an otherwise mostly dull workday.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I feel gratitude for both my joy and my sorrow.I feel gratitude to my friend S. for sharing her music with me.I feel gratitude to the Sugar crew for providing me a way to connect with people during an otherwise mostly dull workday.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I am grateful for my family, they have been way more than supportive of me latelyI am grateful that my first choice university found me worthy enough to accept meI am grateful that I got my car back after 2 months!! :D I had surgery on my right foot and I couldn't drive him for that long.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
I am grateful for my family, they have been way more than supportive of me lately I am grateful that my first choice university found me worthy enough to accept me I am grateful that I got my car back after 2 months!! :D I had surgery on my right foot and I couldn't drive him for that long.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I am grateful for tylenol. I wouldn't have made it through the week without you! I am grateful for Monster. He keeps me on my toes and loves me unconditionally. He is here when I need him physically and emotionally and I couldn't imagine a better friend or love of my life. I am greatful for my car. O. and I had a little rough patch this week, but hopefully now that he's home from the dr. and he's all fixed, we'll get along much better.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 9 years
I am grateful for tylenol. I wouldn't have made it through the week without you!I am grateful for Monster. He keeps me on my toes and loves me unconditionally. He is here when I need him physically and emotionally and I couldn't imagine a better friend or love of my life.I am greatful for my car. O. and I had a little rough patch this week, but hopefully now that he's home from the dr. and he's all fixed, we'll get along much better.
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
I'm grateful for my boss who has given me lots of positive feedback and constructive criticism and encouragement to try and advance in the department.I'm grateful for A. for loving me greatly, for being supportive, for making me laugh even when I'm upset, and for always thinking I'm beautiful.I'm grateful for R. for meeting up for coffee and chatting for hours.
Daylyn Daylyn 9 years
I'm grateful for my boss who has given me lots of positive feedback and constructive criticism and encouragement to try and advance in the department. I'm grateful for A. for loving me greatly, for being supportive, for making me laugh even when I'm upset, and for always thinking I'm beautiful. I'm grateful for R. for meeting up for coffee and chatting for hours.
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