The 80/20 on Happiness - Part II

One of the wonderful things about writing for my newsletter is appreciating the incredible depth, talent and diversity of my readers.

In my last article, I wrote about the 80/20 on Happiness. When you wake up in the morning and also right before bed, think of 3 things you are grateful for. Do this for a week and you will feel 10% happier.

One of my readers, Eric, sent me the original empirical research that measured the effectiveness of this approach. Thank you, Eric!

Since I received a ton of questions about this topic, I thought I’d elaborate on a few things.

  1. It is better to write down your 3 "grateful things" on a piece of paper than to just think about it. I tend to favor whatever is easier, because if something is easy, it is more likely to get done.
  2. The 3 things you are grateful for need not be the same things every time. Simply state in that moment whatever you are grateful for, no matter how big or small.

Now I know that many of you might be thinking this happiness stuff is way too woo woo for someone analytical like me. I know this because I used to think that too.

Then I had a thought.

What is the purpose of your career and all the hard work you are doing?

Is the goal to NOT be happy?

Of course not.

If the end game is happiness, then doesn’t it make sense to see if there is a shorter, faster, and easier way to reach it?

I promised to reveal why the gratitude exercise works.

But I thought I’d do just one more exercise first. I encourage you to do it. It will take only 2 minutes:

Scroll to the Comments section below to post a comment on this page. In your comment, list as many things as you are grateful for that you can think of in 2-3 minutes.

The key is to write fast.

Do not over think. Write for speed.

Okay, here is the kicker... (don’t freak out).

Try to write fifty things you are grateful for in 2-3 minutes.

After you are done, describe how you felt -- before, during, and after the exercise.

Then read everyone else’s responses.

I promise you if you make the effort to do this 2-3 minute exercise (I know it’s a pain in today's click-happy world), you will surprise yourself.

Trust me and give it a shot.

In the comments below, write 50 things you are grateful for... and after 2-3 minutes, just stop. Don’t think. Write fast. Don’t write what you think you are supposed to be grateful for. Write for anything large or small that you are grateful for.



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426 comments… add one
  • Mandy Oct 6, 2014, 8:48 am

    i can see
    i can read
    i can taste wonderful food
    i can enjoy amazing music
    i have a job
    i have a lovely cat
    i have a home
    my parents are still alive and well
    i have a soulmate whom i can completely lean on when needed
    i can afford to buy most things i want
    i appreciate good gestures of people around me
    i have pretty smart and amazing friends
    i have good worklife balance now
    my health has become better
    i have good critical judgment to surround myself with people and things i appreciate

  • Nick Oct 6, 2014, 8:50 am

    Health, love, work, fulfillment, friends, working out, body, mind, money, freedom, liberty, mom, opportunity, peace of mind, liberty of choice and expression, ability to decide my own destiny,

  • Ana Oct 6, 2014, 8:51 am

    I’m grateful for
    1. I have good body and can walk and take things with my 2 hands, I can see the World with my eyes, I can eat by myself and taste food
    2. When I’m alone I can call my Mom and sister. They’re alive!
    3. I’m not a slave (vs poor kids all over the world)
    4. I can travel and see new places
    5. I can go to Gym and dance
    6. My friends are funny guys

  • Indra Oct 6, 2014, 8:51 am

    Dates with Nili.
    Happiness of parents.

  • Sri Oct 6, 2014, 9:01 am


  • Lf Oct 6, 2014, 9:06 am

    Sun family friends intelligence warmth safety security Lara Claire Kieran Megan Amma Barry childhood tennis maths Gemma Carslaw crew Crowey Rob Webby gym drugs confidence alcohol silliness qanda John Oliver bugle NP running life you thisiswater

  • Sam Oct 6, 2014, 9:08 am

    Mom, dad, health, school , Canada, friends, cousins, best friends, happiness, money, job, travelling opportunities, learning opportunities, Ivey, teachers, my boss, food, water, shelter, an amazing house, my next job, my salary, so much love, Emily, Shirley, Tyler, Mike, Krupa, Ann, Maddy, a secure life, clean water, grandma, grandpa, calm, peace of mind, living in a country that is stable and safe, my citizenship, my dad’s success.

  • Andrew Oct 6, 2014, 9:10 am

    having alive my dads
    having good health
    having a farm
    having material things (houses)
    my education
    my cars
    my work rxperience I have had
    the people i have known
    Seeing a good friend from schoold some days ago
    Getting in touch again with people from school
    My ex girlfriend relationship
    Winning an scholarship
    Admited to a UK university
    Learning from consulting
    Worked in Consulting
    My grandma
    My family abroad

  • Carolyn Oct 6, 2014, 9:13 am

    friends at school
    got message from my sister from UK at the morning
    woke up by my mother
    dine with my family and friends
    study with my good friends
    discuss news with my friends
    completed a task on my to-do list
    smooth traffic arrangement
    get my student ID finally after two months
    Sufficient pocket money
    Nice weather today
    Good teacher and had a meaningful class
    Had a good dream this morning, that is not possible in real life
    A lot of targets
    Every “material” things I have
    A lot of available seats at the library
    Finally revision time at the library
    Not much hurdle today
    Early dinner (means fitter and healthier?) [After 2-3minutes]

    Before – Felt difficult to spot a single thing to be grateful for
    During – Felt “Everything looks fine today”, without dissatisfaction
    After – Felt like “Wow – I had a great day”

  • Aditya Sharma Oct 6, 2014, 9:13 am

    1. Parents
    2. Sister
    3. Resources
    4. Fortune
    5. Great friends – want to name all
    6. Great job – colleagues
    7. IIT Bombay
    8. Talent – to some level
    9. varied experiences

  • Andy Oct 6, 2014, 9:13 am

    girfriend, friends, family, peace in my country, freedom, health, sunny weahter, the food I had today, my job environment, colleagues, sport, healthy mind, loving experiments, people who smile in the streets, the internet, science, renewable energies, the sun

  • paola Oct 6, 2014, 9:14 am

    My kids, my husband, job, monica, anna, Debby, house, healhy, ability to adapt, flexibility, kids go well at school, my parents are healhy, I can participate to social and political life in my country, I belong to the Red Cross, I can make the difference for many people, my dog, I can learn,

  • Anh DAO Oct 6, 2014, 9:14 am

    parents, family, sister, foods, running, sky, birds, my friends, america, singapore, hong kong, berkeley, ici ice-cream, good books, coffee, swimming, study new things, sleeping, a nice movie, a new dress, a smile of a kid or a stranger at me, sunlight, wind, falling leaves, 4 seasons of a year.

  • Hemd Oct 6, 2014, 9:16 am

    Family, friends, job

  • Ashna Oct 6, 2014, 9:17 am

    health; family; friends; James; finally letting go of the past; learning to take chances; attempting to beautiful when sometimes I don’t really feel it deep down; future; career ahead of me; my resilience; determination; overcoming challenges; and learning to finally be happy

  • Michael Codd Oct 6, 2014, 9:17 am

    Friends all over
    Sports ability
    Job flex
    Able to enjoy moments
    People like me
    Eat what i want
    gym nearby

  • Olga Oct 6, 2014, 9:17 am

    I’m grateful:
    for my parents
    my nieces
    my job
    my boyfriend and his careness
    for my apartment
    for the opportunity to travel to many countries
    for the education I have and the opportunity to study with many bright people
    I don’t have to take a metro
    my family – cousins and uncles and aunts – how supportive they are
    I’m grateful that my two grandmothers are still alive
    of course, my friends – people around me

  • dyu Oct 6, 2014, 9:17 am

    I have a sweet gf
    Just had a great time in europe
    just two more courses until I graduate
    got a job at my dream consulting firm
    I live right next to my fav thai place
    a new japanese rame restaurant opened two blocks away
    I found a workout buddy
    my gf just love texted me
    Supersmash brothers 3ds just came out
    modern family episode will be out soon
    I am almost done with my translating part time job and will get paid for it soon
    I still have 3 months until my job starts and can have a chill life until then
    I will be happy when the job starts too because although it will be challenging it will be exciting
    last year when I was reading victor chang I was anxious as hell because I was preparing for the case interview and I dont even remember what that anxiety was like anymore
    I think 3 minutes up

  • Peiroen Oct 6, 2014, 9:18 am

    good feedback
    Nail presentations

  • Raj Oct 6, 2014, 9:20 am

    Good food
    Good roads
    Good cars

  • Mohit Oct 6, 2014, 9:20 am

    good weather, god, his blessings, a room to stay, food to eat, good friends, night life, sociallife, health, girls, new job, my dream city, office to work in, parents, the fights and the love, driving around in car, sleep, songs, commute, new people, more responsibility, challenge, growing up, more money, travelling, great experiences, all the adventures, fun, my colleagues, phone, old colleagues, view from office, ocean winds, reunions, busy life, eating in gurudwara, time spent reflecting, the phone calls, farewells, old memories, good boss, sister and her family, friends who helped me achieved my dream, my previous job ,my mindset, my demons which keep me in check, my rebellion to break free and your email 🙂

  • Lindsey Oct 6, 2014, 9:20 am

    to have a family to love; be healthy; my parents new house; successful; going to Cambridge; graduating with good grades; my parents are proud of me; my parents are healthy; my brother is healthy; i live in a free country; I’m free; can do most of the things I want to do; I can travel; I got a job; have good friends; have lots of friends; know many people and have good networks; i got to live in London

  • Adriana Oct 6, 2014, 9:21 am

    Assistant Professor before age of 30
    Opportunity to go to college
    not being a postdoc anymore
    Being able to move to NY
    My brother being able to go medical school
    Leaving Miami
    Being able to buy a car
    being able to go to crossfit
    being engaged
    having a nice home
    having a pet that I really like
    Having tons of long-term friends
    My friendship with Michelle
    My friendship with Marcus
    My friendship with Regla
    meeting Andre
    Having the opportunity to travel to random places

  • Williem Oct 6, 2014, 9:21 am

    Things that I am grateful for: 1. Have happy family; 2. Have healthy parents; 3. I am working at a company with good payment and benefits; 4. I am single & free; 5. I have best friends; 6. I have smart brother & sisters; 7. I have an android tab; 8. I am good looking; 9. I am good at English; 10. I can enjoy listening to the music now; 10. I am not hungry at most of the time; 11. I am living in a peaceful country; 12. I am young and will forever feel young; 13. I am soon having holiday to Bali; 14. I have visited Great Wall of China; 15. I have a sister studying in Germany; 16. People love me;

  • Anirudh Oct 6, 2014, 9:22 am

    Things I am grateful for:
    My wonderful life
    My parents
    My education
    My friends
    My teachers
    A great culture that I have around me
    Skills I learnt
    My phone
    My laptop

  • Yury Oct 6, 2014, 9:22 am

    Well, let’s try!
    1 – Parents and their health and effort to make a decent man out of me
    2 – my friends
    3 – Victor’s effort to make our life better
    4 – the favorite musicians
    5 – my university and business school
    6 – cinema I love
    7 – amazing stories
    8 – la delgada linea verde
    9 – last autumn
    10 – long skype talks from abroad
    11 – my music bands
    12 – starostats
    13 – student union
    14 – amazing mentors through life
    15 – heroes of our time
    16 – winter corporate party
    17 – critical thinking
    18 – childhood
    19 – summer in moscow
    20 – that special flat in outer space
    21 – skills I learnt
    22 – English language
    23 – Internet
    24 – love interests
    25 – modern civilization
    26 – history

    Well, I guess I am out of time.
    Interesting feelings for sure, it seems to me it is worth doing sometimes. At first I thought that this is awkward, but when I started to think about things I’m grateful for, positive thoughts filled my mind.
    It’s hard to say how I feel after this five minutes – I’ll try to let it flow for a while.

  • Michael Peterson Oct 6, 2014, 9:23 am

    family, wife, children, country, God, faith, health, opportunity, education, skills, talents, gifts, friends, trials, transportation, freedom, life, technology, teachers, air conditioning, indoor plumbing, safety, democracy, constitution, airplanes, water, animals, oceans, trees, beautiful vistas, sandy beaches, mountains, work, colleagues, fun things to do, steel, concrete, stone, birds, fish, toys, simple pleasures, memories, ability to read, ability to write, contributions of others, great sermons, community events, the 4th of July, Christmas, birthday celebrations, bbq, great food, homemade pizza

  • rr Oct 6, 2014, 9:25 am

    job, money, friends, family, good health, ability to think, good judgement and decision, justice, chance, education, curiosity, openness, love, kindness, forgiveness, reflection, philosophy, spirituality, effort, honesty, humanity, nature, diversity, beauty, peace, happiness, originality, help, travel, globalised world, optimism, progress, acknowledgement

  • Izulman Oct 6, 2014, 9:26 am

    1. My parents
    2. Being born smart
    3. Met my crush
    4. was dissappointed but able to bounce back
    5. Zen trip to foot of Mount Kinabalu borneo 2012
    6. Solo backpacking adventure SEA 2014
    7. Top 50 regional employee Hong Kong trip 2014
    8. Friends I met in CFA class
    9. Special names Syahid Zain, Shareena, Aziemah, Izzat Esa
    10. Being who I really am

  • rr Oct 6, 2014, 9:27 am

    I thought 50 things in 2-3 minutes would be really hard, then when I was writing these I felt very grateful and also at peace. I did struggle and paused (I guess analysing whether this is something I was really grateful for and/or whether it made sense) and then wrote it anyway. in the end, i thought it was a good experience to reflect and acknowledge the things I am grateful for, as one of the most disappointing things is to be taken for granted and I cannot take things for granted that I should be grateful for, too. thanks VC!

  • K Oct 6, 2014, 9:28 am

    respectful job;decent income;good/always improving lifestyle;parents support;family support;good friends;living in a law abiding city/country;

  • Sonam Oct 6, 2014, 9:29 am

    sister come best friend
    true friends
    healthy body
    independent life
    supportive family
    meet so many new people every day and learn from their experiences
    growing career
    all challenges in life- that made me believe myself
    All moments in life with loved one’s
    Support of relatives
    understanding parents
    Sister cum good advisor
    Office with peaceful and supportive colleagues
    A heart given my god to see and feel my dreams
    All good people in world who help me in making my dream come true.
    Ability to dance and enjoy life
    cab to avoid too much public transport
    God to always show me the right path and the way to achieve my dreams whenever I am shattered

  • VT Oct 6, 2014, 9:30 am

    – My family (parents, wife & son)
    – My education
    – having a job I like
    – having some very good friends
    – that I dont need to worry about where the next meal will come from
    – I have a house that serves more than my basic needs
    – having the freedom to do what I want and when I want it
    – having some good mentors

  • Charmaine Oct 6, 2014, 9:31 am

    The fact that I am able to wake up feeling healthy, the sun, food, access to clean water, material stability/comfort, access to a whole bunch of resources, friends, family, interview with Bain, God.

  • Daisy Oct 6, 2014, 9:32 am

    My husband is always encouraging, my grandparents are all alive, I have travelled so many countries, I am healthy, I don’t have to worry about whether I have enough food to eat, I am able to be admitted by an IVY school, I am exposed to different types of thoughts, I have the opportunity to work for World leaders, have so many friends that care about me in all corners of the world, I am happy that I come from a country that is emerging and is becoming more and more important in the world, I am happy that I am about to graduate.

  • Anne Oct 6, 2014, 9:36 am

    Eye sight
    Left handed
    The beach
    My bed
    Snuggle blankets
    Pretty shoes
    Clothes in general
    Delicious food
    Air conditioning (when available)
    The internet
    The ability to learn
    To be alive
    To know I can do better
    Fall tree leaves

  • AL Oct 6, 2014, 9:37 am

    health, beauty, energy, family, friends, food, intelligence, money, life, exercise, love, location, religion, comfort, nature, opportunity, education, attention, medication, femininity, internet, trashy tv, past experiences, personality, kindness, generosity, empathy, gentleness, mentorship, life

  • Nicolas Mansisidor Oct 6, 2014, 9:37 am

    My health
    My wife
    My family
    My friends
    My guitar
    My new amplifier
    My extended family
    My creative moments
    A nice coffee
    Interacting with people
    Connection with nature
    My freedom at work, at home, in general
    My purchasing power
    Helping my family
    My god sons and god daughter
    Arranging activities for my friends

  • John Oct 6, 2014, 9:37 am

    My wife, kids, garden, money, nature, family, friends, job, colleagues, travel, beautiful autumn weather, birds, water, phone, world, fun, jokes, entertainment, summer, Christmas, sport

  • Elzet Oct 6, 2014, 9:37 am

    Family – parents, 2 loving brothers, amazing sister-in-law. Boyfriend – first at 27 years of age. God’s provision. Job that allows a lot of freedom. New home with lovely flower garden. Herbs planted yesterday. Yummy carrot and apple home-made muffin – I made up the flour-free recipe myself and just ate one. Internet. Money to buy a new phone to replace an old one. Car and enough money to buy petrol to drive wherever I want to whenever I want to. Many wonderful friends. Letter from a special friend in another country that I received today. Friendly colleagues to chat to during tea time. Being able to make the day of people I work with at other company simply by being unexpectedly courteous, human and friendly. Water! To drink and to wash with. Encouragement through newsletters. Enough clothes for different seasons. Parents who support and love and help me and who gets pleasure from adding to my love rather than expecting me to fill their voids. Being able to give money to charities and worthy causes.

  • James Oct 6, 2014, 9:38 am

    I am grateful for
    1. The weather today-it is an amazing day here.
    2. interesting weather.
    3. Career opportunities to explore
    4. new client I signed up today
    5. my lovely wife.
    6. my baby boy
    7. My puppy
    8. My family and their love and support
    9. Expanding my mind and increasing my personal effectiveness feel great.
    10. Outdoors-I am grateful for weather and for trees and for the amazing birdlife in my garden.
    11. That winter has ended and summer is here.
    12. That the world is filled with infinite possibility.

  • Harison Oct 6, 2014, 9:39 am

    my son
    my wife
    my job
    leave in US
    second election turn in Brazil
    my parents
    have resource
    cancer survive
    good car
    be able to travel
    secured job
    what i do change people life
    good friends
    my son smile
    the beauty of my wife

  • LikiB Oct 6, 2014, 9:40 am

    To be able to read and write
    To have all senses and functional body parts
    To have family
    To have a lovely sister
    To have doting parents
    To have a husband who loves you
    To have a dog
    To be able to voice my opinion
    To have a choice to be fearless
    To feel safe
    To have strength to not only feel protected but to protect
    To able to choose
    To have access to clean food and water
    To be able to own more than 5 pairs of shoes and clothes
    To be able to dream
    To be able to complain
    To have a place to sleep
    To have ambition
    To be able to learn
    To be able to meet people and learn from them
    To be living in the greatest city in the world and to afford to do so.
    To be loved
    To have friends
    To have traveled
    To have free time

  • Sameer Oct 6, 2014, 9:41 am

    1 that I am alive
    2 I am fairly healthy with no major disease
    3 that I have a job
    4 that I have a loving family
    5 that I have a house
    6 that I am not in debt
    7 that there are people who value me and like to interact with me
    8 that despite some bad habits God has given second chance always
    9 that I have a Mom and brother who love and stand by me
    10 that I have a daughter who is very intelligent and has great potential
    11 that despite my several weaknesses I have been blessed

  • Adrien Oct 6, 2014, 9:41 am

    Health, Family, money, comfort, friends, alive, work, relationships, two countries, building relationship, being able to ski, to play tennis, to go to Yoga, thinking of achieving my dreams as something possible, freedom of speech, independent mind, roof to live under, electricity, water, food, heat, life comfort, education, washing machine

  • Vitaly Oct 6, 2014, 9:43 am

    1. For being in great fulfilling relationship
    2. For my partner is an awesome person that supports me
    3. For the friends (I have a list of them, when I did the exercise daily) and their friendship no matter what.
    4. For being physically capable of doing crazy things, for pushing boundaries with extreme sports.
    5. For having a great job that allows me to grow, allows to grow other people and bring enough money to do the stuff I love.
    6. For being able to wake up free every day (that Shawshank Redemption movie made me appreciate freedom).
    7. For having great mentors like Victor Cheng, Tim Ferriss, Seneca and others (the names would not be known).
    8. For being able to unleash people’s potential in their jobs and receive and odd phone call years later honestly and truthfully saying thank you.
    9. For being able to dream and fulfil dreams.
    10. For being able to fulfil other’s dreams.
    11. For not being in a war zone.
    12. For having a great client and great team members at my current engagement.
    13. For having landed safely so far with many flights I do.
    14. For having great parents that raised me and that love me unconditionally. (Why is this #14?.. Should be #1 or 2.)
    15. For being in love. In the romantic mood when you want to invent things.
    16. For having great hobbies that bring me joy and happiness.
    17. For enjoying reading.
    18. For being able to bring smiles to the faces of kids.
    19. For living in a great and beautiful country.
    20. For being born in Russia and knowing the Russian language.
    21. For having bad sense of humour (better than nothing).
    22. For being able to appreciate good food, good drinks.
    23. For being able to put my girlfriend to sleep last night and watch her falling asleep.
    24. For getting good education (through great teachers)
    25. For learning English in school (and my parents who paid for it).
    26. For being able to change things and not to simply accept things.
    27. For… people generally smiling back when I smile at them.
    28. For having such great people lived before me and writing these awesome books! (here goes the list of my books in my library).
    29. For having a dream.
    30. For thinking that I have a purpose in life.
    31. For my needs being lower than my salary =)
    32. For my ambitions being more demanding than baseline (now).
    33. For writing this note and actually thinking for the first time about my 29 years of my life and all the great things that happened.
    34. For experiencing many cultures and countries, learning languages, food, people. Feeling at home in almost every country.
    35. For the trip to Cambodia with my friend that was one of the most amazing experiences.
    36. For all my ex-girlfirends that taught me to appreciate relationship and fall in love, deeply and fully.
    37. For living in the world of opportunities and knowing that there will be generations after (so that I can try to make this world a better place for them).
    38. For having home! Car, collectables, scuba diving gear, etc. (unlike in “Up in the air” movie).
    39. For blind typing (otherwise this exercise would be a torture)
    40. For living a healthy living and therefore feeling good.
    … Assume I mentioned at least 20% more things in every line, this should make it 50 things I am grateful for!

    Thanks Victor. I want to repeat this at the end of the year, during my time when I strategise and think of my plans ahead. This is very useful and fulfilling.


  • nena Oct 6, 2014, 9:46 am

    My son
    roof over my head
    my parents
    my mother
    my father
    my family
    my health
    the health of my loved ones
    my education
    my experience
    my extended family
    my religion
    my safety, my families saftey

  • pavan Oct 6, 2014, 9:46 am

    mom,dad, brother, friends, country, schooling, pals, technology, coffee, beer, career, college, cricket, movies, george carlin, spirituality, conversations, actions, relatives, books, internet, globalization

  • Bharathwaj Oct 6, 2014, 9:47 am

    Food, internet, love, money, dress, tv, laptop, friends, mobile, I Pad, Consulting, image, respect, bed, parents, brother, mba, knowledge, religion, upbringing, alchohol, english

  • Richard Oct 6, 2014, 9:48 am

    I am grateful for:
    my parents
    my sister
    my health
    my freedom
    my luck
    my fortune
    all the people who have believed in me
    how much I’ve been able to learn
    all my opportunities
    my personality
    that I’m not one of the many people I’m glad I’m not!
    my diversity..
    my experiences
    how beautiful the world is
    how I made nice food today
    that I have nice food to eat
    and I can buy nice food to prepare
    that I can buy medicine if I need it
    and see doctors
    that I am not afraid
    not in danger
    I can walk out on the streets
    I can buy anything I want, really
    and fly anywhere I want
    I can try anything and not be afraid
    that I don’t have debt
    that I am not addicted to anything really
    that I am not too impatient and can listen to people
    that I have met people who have much to say
    whom I can learn from
    I am grateful for my travels

  • Johnny Li Oct 6, 2014, 9:50 am

    listening to favorite song
    know my life is screwed
    got drinking huddies
    gave advice to friends
    take minutes for a 3 hr meeting
    bored at work and i knewvi didnt like it
    friends cared about me
    planning for a trio to australia
    grandma is fine
    i have a niece
    i like beers
    i have a pleasurable life
    im scared of screwing up my own life
    i spend too much time on youtube
    i have people cooking for me
    i can go to work without getting stuck in the traffic
    i got friends to talk to
    my mom wants to talk to me
    colleagues are nice to me
    had lunch with my bro
    set up a happy hr appointment with a friend
    had cream cheese bagel for breakfast
    i have somebody to wake me up tomorrow
    i have things to do on halloween
    2 friends from singapore come and visit me soon
    both of them coming on the same day
    i like comedy
    im struggling at work and i know it
    i have a lot of lunch buddies
    my party is so good that everyone wants to come
    my friend is texting me
    my house has a nice view
    i work in a nice area
    i am heavily in debt and i wanted to deal with it
    i invest in stocks
    i am good in making excel analysis
    people find me funny
    i have already had 36 things to be grateful for
    i love movies
    somebody share the liking for woody allen with me
    i went to gym today
    my friends look happy on facebook
    my bro is doing well at work
    i enjoy listening to my favourite song at niggt
    it is still not 10 pm yet
    tomorrow is one day closer to friday
    i am busy this week
    i will be having breakfast tomorrow
    people at the gym are nice
    i have quite a few books to read
    i still want to succeed

  • Chris Lozier Oct 6, 2014, 9:54 am

    Monisha, Anna, Mae, Noona, Innie, Lynnie, Will, Julie, Matthew, Jaclyn, Paige, Lucy, Nee Nee, bluegrass, Hayward, friends, music, friends in education, dedicated nonprofiters, alma maters, my house, neighbors, Navy experience, shipmates, opportunity, dad

  • Katherine Oct 6, 2014, 9:55 am

    1. My family
    2. Nate (my SO)
    3. Friends
    4. Wally (my cat)
    5. My roommates
    6. My health
    7. My family’s health
    8. Money
    9. Good job
    10. Education
    11. Opportunities I’ve had—work, travel, scholarships…
    12. Good parents
    13. Good sisters
    14. Nate’s friends and family
    15. Motivation
    16. Good metabolism/not fat
    17. Knowing how to work out/stay in shape
    18. Positive life outlook
    19. Sense of humor
    20. Nate’s sense of humor
    21. My openness
    22. Nate’s lovingness
    23. Summer in Seattle
    24. Europe
    25. Family vacations
    26. Getting divorced before having kids
    27. Selling my car
    28. Getting my car
    29. Leadership skills
    30. My self-control
    31. My empathy
    32. Christmas
    33. Parents’ happiness
    34. My clothes/fashion
    35. My grit
    36. My proactiveness
    37. Nate’s resilience
    38. My frugality and practicality
    39. Nate’s YOLOness
    40. Athleticism
    41. Work experiences
    42. Boss likes me
    43. Co-workers like me
    44. Sanity
    45. Dad’s busy-body-ness; keeps him young
    46. Caring mom
    47. Sushi
    48. Nick found someone
    49. Photos/memories
    50. Rose bowl

  • dee Oct 6, 2014, 9:55 am

    hbs and gsb
    aieee rank

  • McKay Oct 6, 2014, 9:55 am

    My sister, my family, general conference, having some direction in life, pouring my heart into something, my wife, holding my wife, driving through the mountains yesterday, having a car, having an apartment, living in the USA, having earning potential, friends from CT, having great friends, shooting guns, the big sky, getting exhausted after working out, having free time enough to work out, the excitement for my future, investing, role models, my dog, my job, the people i work with at my job, feeling like i get to make a difference in peoples lives at my job, cardigans, my dads job, sleeping in on sundays, the scriptures

  • NickP_UK Oct 6, 2014, 9:58 am

    Health, family, career, challenges, schools, great work colleagues, good friends, nice car, campervan, cats, regular holidays, learning, exercising, good salary, warm house, kids, watching them grow, live in gorgeous part of UK, good food, fun, laughing, support structure, making a difference, motivated, planning for a good future for family …..

  • Ryan Oct 6, 2014, 9:58 am

    long lasting friendships, old running shoes that work, a computer that still works after several years, a good mountain near where I live for running, the beet and humus salad that I had yesterday, my two peaceful coworkers, the cool air of autumn, good, fulfilling books at my bedside, friends around the world who are willing to have deep conversations with me, nail clipper in proximity for when my fingernails and toenails get too long, a washing machine that does a decent job in just 34 minutes, tranquil moments in the morning walking to work watching elementary school children carry their lunch boxes as they walk to school, the friendly guy at the bank who always seems to have a feel for what you’re feeling, grateful that I haven’t gotten sick from my own disastrous cooking, two good films on my desk for watching later, a journal and a pen to record the small moments that make up everything.

    Not quite 50 things, but my 2-3 minutes are up…

  • Jeffrey W Oct 6, 2014, 9:59 am

    i am alive
    i am breathing
    i am good looking
    i have a family who loves me
    i have my life partner
    i can think
    i can speak
    i can smile
    i can sleep well
    i can play
    i can play tennis
    i have love of things
    i can fight
    i am determined
    i am looking forward
    i have a few good friends
    i can write
    i can read
    i can type
    i have enough things to live as normal as i can
    i have apple products
    i love cars

  • Uruj Oct 6, 2014, 9:59 am

    Parents, financial condition, health, education, open mindedness, love of friends, college, school, house, books, knowledge, wisdom, being a human being, gender, height, weight, graduation degree, marks in school, the phone in my hand, the website I’m writing for right now, internet, Google, teachers, tutors, acquaintances, role models etc

  • Cristobal Dagnino Oct 6, 2014, 9:59 am

    my life, my wife, my child, my second child on his way, my parents, my brothers, my big family, my country, my faith, the church, the place that we live with my wife and children, today, yesterdays, my mistakes, my friends, my studies and career, the struggle in my head, and this blog!

  • Adam Oct 6, 2014, 9:59 am

    My friends, my family, my health, my education, my culture, my heritage, my upbringing, my childhood, my experiences, affordable rent + accommodation during job transition

  • melinda Oct 6, 2014, 10:00 am

    50 things im grateful for:
    my parents are back to being close, my brother got into a good college, my relationship with my boyfriend of 7 years is still strong ad stable, we no longer have to do long distance relationship, I have a job that’s decent, I have friends in the cityI live in, I have a goal, I know what I’m working towards, I am healthy, I have money to spend leisurely, I can shop and buy things I like, I don’t need to worry about putting food on the table, I live in a great apartment, I have people who love me and hat I love, Iam free to go anywhere I’d like,

  • NickP_UK Oct 6, 2014, 10:02 am

    Health, family, kids, holidays, friends, great car, career development, campervan, cats, great house, garden, support structure at work, giving something back, school governor, colleagues, laughing, having fun, exercising, great home location, self-developing, good reading, movies, travelling, happy home life, warmth, smiling, love, excitement, future rosy

  • Xavier Oct 6, 2014, 10:03 am

    Grateful to have a loving girlfriend, loving family and loving friends
    Grateful to live in London one of the world greatest city in one of the best area of the city in very good conditions
    Grateful to be physically in good health with no disability
    Grateful to be able to go on holiday in very exotic places without thing of money
    Grateful to have food on the table every night

  • Fabio Melo Oct 6, 2014, 10:03 am

    My family
    My dogs
    Being healthy
    Where I live

  • LH Oct 6, 2014, 10:05 am

    Relationship with God
    Sense of humor
    Good schools
    Gods teachers
    My job
    My church
    Strategic thinking
    Good people in the world

  • Naomi Oct 6, 2014, 10:06 am

    The 50 things I’m grateful for:

    the sun
    taking the time to rest this month
    supportive friends
    loving family
    feeling of belonging somewhere
    opportunities to travel
    studying in utrecht
    focus nowadays shifting more to balance
    own journey to balanced life
    all sportive activities i’m able to do
    possibility to go out and buy new clothes whenever i want to
    my watch
    all the people at my graduation
    friends who i can laugh with
    friends who know me well and accept me that way
    my country of origin
    my family ring
    having all my grandmothers and granddads still alive
    being able to travel and see so much of the world
    support to switch jobs
    support of my bosses
    the beach at my hometown
    the inner peace that i can find there sometimes
    improving relationships with my sisters

    And that were my three minutes. Before this exercise I felt a bit nervous, during and after I felt more and more grateful. I sort of started realizing how happy I am.
    However, I didn’t manage to come up with 50 things. I found it actually harder than I thought. maybe because I was mainly looking for ‘big’ things to be grateful for instead of also realizing what the small things are. I’m curious how other people did with this exercise.

  • guillaume Oct 6, 2014, 10:14 am

    good health, food, girlfriends, coming hollidays, friends I have, family , brother , sister, car, having a job, going to travel, people i’m working with, activities I have, my education , the country in wich i’m living, safety around, society surrounding, good mood, motivation, ambition, savings , grand parents, house I’m living in,

  • Elena Oct 6, 2014, 10:15 am
    5. food
    12.high tech tehcnologies
    16.clean cities
    18. skype
    23. responsibility
    25. kids
    26. stars
    27. plains
    28. theatre
    30. loans
    31. music
    33. voice
    34. surprices
    35. ability to see
    36. life
    37. to have choice
    39. history
    41. cinema
    42. ability to pass
    44. charity
    45. sex
    46. knowledges
    47. globalization
    48. memory
    49. forgiveness

  • APA Oct 6, 2014, 10:17 am

    Dog, money, food, clothes, water, weather, family, friends, house, coffee, relaxing, the beach, living in the us, feeling happy, smiling, laughing, meeting new people, making food, shoes, clouds, rain, sun, books, paper, studying, learning, music, making other people happy, gifts, holidays, the winter and snow, skiing, shopping, brother, dad, aunt brenda, sarcasm, movies, snacks, calmness, safety, my body, health, working out, motivation, strength, faith

  • Elena Oct 6, 2014, 10:17 am

    Before – curious
    During – thinking
    After – feeling more full

  • ankur Oct 6, 2014, 10:17 am

    brownie sunday
    10th standard marks
    iim tag
    my nephew
    ice cream
    mosquito coil

  • Pritam Oct 6, 2014, 10:17 am

    IIT, Intelligence, Smartness, Looks, Good family, Good background, Manliness, Good soft skills, Good job, Security, Caring parents, Decent house, Attention from relatives, Good resume, Hope to improve, Knowledge, Knowing more than peers, Internet, Information, Acquaints

  • TG Oct 6, 2014, 10:22 am

    Loving family,caring bf,planning skills,smiling face,forgiving nature,confidence,open -minded

  • hananiel Oct 6, 2014, 10:22 am

    A personal relationship with God
    My wife
    Three wonderful kids
    My church
    My pastor
    2 cars
    Good health
    My brother and sister
    Extended family that lives in town
    Being gifted with programming skills
    Bring a musician
    My computer s and tools
    My dog
    My musical instruments
    My plants
    Live in a country where there is no want for food
    Ability to excercise
    Being fortunate to have a great mom that made a huge impact
    being almost out of debt
    for my passions and dreams

  • Ajay Oct 6, 2014, 10:23 am

    1. Wonderful family
    2. Good job
    3. Good health

  • Stan Oct 6, 2014, 10:23 am

    Henry, Jack, Katie, my brothers, my mom, Don, Nelson, our house, Jim, my job, Katie’s job, our TVA, our cars, free gas, my computer, the nice food I get to eat, the autonomy of my job, warm water, refrigerators, my bed, my clothes, Katie’s family, my health.

  • Hanca Oct 6, 2014, 10:25 am

    my family
    my friends at the dorms
    my university
    my career
    my summer internship
    my blog
    my running career
    my flatmates
    my classmates from high school
    my brains
    my beauty
    my health
    my opportunities to travel
    my confidence
    my independence
    my great body
    my freedom
    the way I think
    the way I help other people
    the projects I started or helped get going again
    making other people’s life richer
    having fun
    the great food I eat all the time
    great alcohol
    parties with my friends
    traveling with my friends
    sport buddies everywhere
    people smarter than me who can actually help my dreams come true
    How I felt:
    I am never gonna make it. I will get stuck for sure and stare at a blank screen.
    It’s easier than I thought. I already wrote something like this one but whatever.
    I need to do that more often and as an issue tree.

  • EK Oct 6, 2014, 10:28 am

    son 1
    son 2
    brother 1
    brother 2
    my job
    the people I meet through my job
    the things learn through my job
    excercise class teachers at YMCA
    childrens’ coaches – abouth 20 of them over the years
    childrens’ music teachers over the years about 12
    farm where my mother grew up
    people living near the farm

  • CC Oct 6, 2014, 10:29 am

    Family, friends, decent paying job, freedom, safety, knowledge, health, attitude, rights, general respect from others

  • Eleanor Oct 6, 2014, 10:32 am

    my parent, being alive, having homecooked food, being healthy, having friends, having a quality conversation with my friend, having grapes to eat, having a school to go to, having things to fight for, people that are willing to fight for me, being clean and comfortable, being able to run, sweat, jump and laugh, having things to look forward to everyday, having a goal to move towards, being able to be me freely, feeling safe in my environment, the nice weather today, the nicest gestures from my sisters, smooth sailing project works, being able to train for badminton tomorrow, having something to smile at always 🙂

  • Emily Oct 6, 2014, 10:35 am

    I am grateful for my support network of friends, Stephen, my mom and brother. I also love that I can live with a roof over my head and am able to support myself for the most part. I love that I now can drive! I am grateful for always having something to eat and while I’m not enjoying my work, I can at least say I have a job. I love also knowing that I have a great bed to sleep in at night after those long days. I am grateful for my friends who are far but make time to catch up. I am grateful that the essentials are not much of an issue

  • Ujjwal Daga Oct 6, 2014, 10:36 am

    1- my loved ones are alive and in fine health.
    2- they still trust me and respect me . i feel loved being around them.
    3- i realize higher truths about life everyday and cherish it whenever i gain wisdom.

  • Rita Oct 6, 2014, 10:37 am

    family, friends, education, travels, professional experience, home, parties, body, health, bathroom, food, music, entertainment, achievement, professors, group coursework’s, books, technology, hygiene, glasses, contact lenses, father, mother, grandma, sisters, grandma’s weekly dinners, time spent with mother, family lunches, beach workout, sun, warm weather, portuguese food, Skype, mentors, wm, B., N.

  • samuel Oct 6, 2014, 10:37 am

    life in itself

  • Shank Oct 6, 2014, 10:38 am

    Parents, Wife, Brother, Family, Education, God, health, Friends

  • Robin Oct 6, 2014, 10:40 am

    My colleagues, my friends, my family, beer :), going out, being healthy, living in a well-fare country, peace, no violence aroudn me, books, good food, good drinks, personal wellfare, being able to sport, watching football, playing football, working for a football club, getting career chances, being able to learn, willingness to learn, opportunities to meet new people, school, people who are willing to help you, the economy, technology, clothing, facebook, online games, offline games…

    Before: how am I gonna do this? Do I know enough things to be grateful for?
    During: I could laugh… it was fun to come up with new things.
    After: Relaxed, and I was surprised of how many things there are for which you are grateful, even though it is not always conscious.

  • George Oct 6, 2014, 10:43 am

    I am grateful for my mother and my gf. I am grateful that I am healthy and intelligent. I am grateful for myself. I am grateful for all the friends I made in the life. I am grateful for all the opportunities I had and will have. I am grateful for being able to see, taste, smell, feel and being alive. I am grateful your wisdom and knowledge. I am grateful that I don’t need to worry about material needs. I am grateful for everyone who love and care about me. I am grateful for myself, who have always been here with me.

  • Israel Oct 6, 2014, 10:46 am

    I’m grateful for:
    My parents
    My brothers and sisters
    Growing up in Montana
    Going to a Christian university
    Getting my first job
    Getting my first car
    The friends I’ve met
    The friends I’ve kept
    My health
    My strong body and mind
    My iphone and laptop
    My job and income
    My access to clean food
    My access to clean water
    The safety of my city and home
    Access to travel
    Access to new countries
    Access to new experiences
    Access to new ideas
    For my mistakes that shaped me
    For the many supervisors who have taught me so much
    For my new boss
    For (!)

    post script — I’m a little surprised that I wasn’t able to write more in a 3 minute period. Maybe I was too in my own head.

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  • Ivan Oct 6, 2014, 10:47 am

    – lifestyle of freedom
    – people I meet everyday
    – the trees
    – the ocean
    – the birds
    – the animals
    – people I know well
    – my family
    – swimming
    – surfing
    – meaningful work
    – healthy food
    – fruit
    – avocado
    – eggs and bacon breakfast
    – travel
    – beautiful places I visit
    – wonderful women in my life
    – sun
    – fresh air
    – long walks
    – morning shower
    – kissing a dear person
    – being close
    – playing my ukulele
    – music
    – sand beaches
    – great viewpoints
    – the mountains
    – rivers
    – streams
    – nature
    – kids
    – every single person I meet
    – writing
    – thinking

  • Andrew Oct 6, 2014, 10:48 am

    1. I m grateful to have a nice family
    2. I m grateful to receive good education
    3. I m grateful for entering a good uni and a good subject
    4. I m grateful to have good english accent
    5. I am grateful for having good tutor
    grateful to have many friends
    grateful to be able to play basketball well
    grateful to know how to live in a real world
    grateful to have travelled around
    grateful to be smart
    grateful to look okay
    grateful to be healthy
    grateful to have a wonderful relationship with my ex
    grateful to hv a nice career ahead
    grateful to hv received so many chances
    grateful to be able to drive
    grateful to meet a lot of interesting persons
    grateful to have seen a lot
    grateful to be able to read
    grateful to be able to have enough food
    grateful to have supporting friends
    grateful to have everything i need
    grateful to be always able to solve difficulties
    grateful to have read this blog
    grateful to be able to get rid of sadness every time

  • Christopher Liao Oct 6, 2014, 10:50 am

    Financial aid
    Loving parents
    Beautiful and compassionate girlfriend
    Good health
    No apparent defects or disorders
    High potential to do great things
    Ability to help others
    Academic success
    Lack of financial burden

  • Ivan Oct 6, 2014, 10:50 am

    very liberating. I felt peace and love during the writing. like I reexperienced all these beautiful moments in my life.

    thank you

  • v m Oct 6, 2014, 10:52 am

    mom, dad, loving brother, grandmother, grandfather, best friends, delicious food, being able to be so privileged, my computer, sleeping in, good conversations,

  • Will Massao Oct 6, 2014, 10:57 am

    My parent’s
    their efforts to make everything I have and want possible
    My dog
    It’s barks
    It’s bites
    My grandma
    My friends from school
    My crush
    Dirty humour
    Bad jokes
    chewing gum
    listening to music
    taking my shoes off
    spacing out
    my best friend
    talking on the phone with her for hours
    taking a bath
    feeling active

  • Patrick Liu Oct 6, 2014, 10:58 am

    I am grateful for:

    my wife
    my parents
    my ability to read other languages
    that I am alive
    my library
    my teachers
    my car
    my macbook air
    my favorite Japanese restaurant
    my friend
    the clean air
    the clean tap water
    the freedom I have at work
    my colleagues

    I can only think of 20 things within 3 minutes. It is surprising that my daily life is blessed with all those elements. In the absence of any of them, I would have a very different life.

  • Wave Oct 6, 2014, 10:58 am

    Family, health, friends, intelligence, knowledge, books, diplomas

  • Mohammed Oct 6, 2014, 11:09 am

    Loving wife, loving family, lots of friends, education, ability to work internationally, laughing, that i got up early this morning, music, art, feeling cold, feeling warm, films, seeing new technology, shelter, food, being able to cook on my own, enjoying public transport, seeing new places, running outside in the countryside, reading history, the internet, skype, making new friends in new places, my favourite shirt, my brown brogue shoes, umbrellas, being british and pakistani, different seasons

  • Vitaly Oct 6, 2014, 11:14 am

    Life, love, happiness, health, job, house, food, water, access to ed, parents and loved ones, travel, the world, ability to live and do things, being able to thank others, purpose, luxury of freedom, access to education, friends and family, the Sun, a smile, a good meal by the stars, a book, a movie, a great picture or paining

  • Jaroslav Oct 6, 2014, 11:17 am

    My parents, girlfriend, friend, Martin, Jan, Heatlth of my family and friends, money I have, freedom, luck, my inteligence, appearance and all the skills i was given, the opportunities, people i had luck to meet, my car, my life which is nice to live, …

  • Neha Oct 6, 2014, 11:24 am

    God mummy papa hemya Didi archu yogesh engineering admission life good health and body to live P**** W*** H** IIMU admission Jobs till now travel to different places bangkok K*** Trust Friends Archs Mummy Papa School teacher Visalaxi Maam Faith in God

  • Pat Boduch Oct 6, 2014, 11:28 am

    my parents
    this trip to boston
    going to notre dame
    my brothers
    my friends at school
    living in stanford hall
    that i’m smart
    that i have food
    that i can buy what i want
    that i’m safe
    that i’m an ra
    that i’m in the marching band
    that i got to call my parents today
    that i have some time to rest before my flight
    that my profs understand if i miss a class
    that i have some time alone
    that i have some time to kill
    that i can sleep in my bed in stanford tonight
    that i can see my friends at broomball tonight
    that i can go and see my friends in stanford
    that i’m getting over my breakup
    that i have wi fi right now
    that my flight is on time
    that i got a deloitte offer
    that my friends are getting married this weekend
    that notre dame won this weekend
    that i have freshmen to take care of

  • Ruben Oct 6, 2014, 11:29 am

    I’m grateful for being raised in a decent family, having a decent education, not lacking any food or shelter ever in my life, having a very cool brother and a sister, having some nice properties, not having to work for necessity, for all the sex i’ve had, for the cool people i’ve met throughout my life, and also for what i’ve learned from these people, as well as from the bad people, for being relatively smart, for being well aware and conscious.

    Before doing the excercise, I felt like I wasn’t going to do it, like “I already know what good things in my life I have and am grateful for, why should I write them down?” I also felt a bit unwilling because I feared that by actually looking at those good things, they would become small and insignificant, thus making my life and my self worth not of much value, and because those things might turn out to be very few. I’m not sure why I feared this.

    During the excercise, I felt as if I actually didn’t deserve these good things, as if they weren’t mine. I doubted them being good things to be grateful for, as if everyone had them. I also thought about the things I wished I i had and could be grateful for, and felt miserable and unsatisfied by not having them and not being able to be grateful for them. This might be because I’m some sort of perfectionist..?

    After the excercise, I felt a bit dissatisfied for two reasons. First, because I realized I actually didn’t have many things to be grateful for as I wished I had, which implies I haven’t lived my life the way I would’ve liked to. Second, and also related to the first reason, because all the things I was grateful for, were things just “given” to me in some sense by the universe, and none of them were actually things I have achieved for myslef. This says either that I don’t value myself, or that I don’t do anything with my life, and am just wasting it.
    Nonetheless, I felt a big relieved, like getting rid of a small burden, I feel a little lighter. This is because I started thinking about why I didn’t have any personal achievements to be grateful for, and although I can think of a couple of reasons right now, I know that if I dig deeper into it, I will find it’s because of some personality or mentality flaw; which if I can put my finger on it, I can correct. Maybe I put too much importance on certain very few aspects of my life I am disatissfied with, and it clouds my perspective on the rest.
    The other reason I felt relieved is because I can now see that I do have things to be grateful for, even if they weren’t personal achievements, which anyhow makes me feel good. Because I can see I’m not that big of a failure as of yet, and I can see that, using those things I am grateful for, I have big room for improvement, plus I have and advantage over most people. This also makes me feel good. Although this making me feel good, might be bad because it might be making me comfortable with my life, not seeking to work harder, really improving myself and ultimately being the reason I stay in my comfort zone..?

    I don’t know, all I know is it was a good excercise, which I should continue doing. The most important thing is being objetive (hard to be) and sincere with myself.

  • chandrika Oct 6, 2014, 11:30 am

    I am grateful for my daughter’s little feet that are soft and squishy, my husband’s never ending encouragement and support, my large family, my job that provides stimulation and economic support, my sisters that are always there for a laugh or support, i’m grateful for a safe and comfortable home to come home to every day and for having a warm and safe place to sleep at night. I’m grateful for the education my parents gave me, for the opportunities it has provided to me. I”m grateful for the experiences I had growing up, the time spent with grandparents and cousins which has shaped me. i’m grateful for the holidays I take. My daughter’s giggles, her funny faces and when she says mamma. grateful for the words she continues to learn and for how healthy she is. i’m grateful for the fact that we are able to provide her with all the basic necessities to grow and thrive.

  • Jay Oct 6, 2014, 11:33 am

    Victor cheng, blogs, free content, family, friends, siblings, great childhood, tough move, food, my moms great cooking, not having to hunt or gather my dinner, sports, internship, A good mentor, all the things I’ve learned from him, the tough times that forced me to think creatively, my comfy bed, MUSIC, headphones, gym at my apt, a good Convo with P, succeeding at convincing P to make the right decision

  • Tima Oct 6, 2014, 11:36 am

    being able to live
    people I met
    things I did
    things happened to me
    ability to analyze
    girl I dated
    studying at top university
    having fun
    reading books
    listening to classic music
    doing what I love
    being myself
    getting up in the morning
    fresh air

  • Prem Oct 6, 2014, 11:43 am

    I am happy for my
    work place
    happy with the location i live in
    happy for the food i eat
    happy for the material things i have
    with my reading skills

  • Luke Cheng Oct 6, 2014, 11:47 am

    OSU Football
    Water machine in basement
    Supportive Family
    Opportunities to travel
    Youtube motivation videos
    Internship last summer
    Development books
    EDM Music
    Lebron James
    Mannex experience
    Dr. A
    Impact Economics
    Friends from Dalian

    Before this exercise, I thought it was just fluff. Overall, I could only come up with these before the timer went. I felt a sense of thrill at thinking about all the great things I am fortunate to have in my life. Not only did it put things into perspective but it brought back great memories. After it ended, I wanted to continue. I think it will be a great exercise to finish my 50 and I will do that.

  • Kate Erickson Oct 6, 2014, 11:56 am

    Grateful for:
    1) Danube
    2) My mom
    3) My dad
    4) My sister
    5) My iPhone
    6) Having enough money in the bank to buy groceries, pay for emergencies, etc.
    7) My friend Kelly
    8) My job
    9) My boss
    10) Free food at the office
    11) Danube coming to Philly this weekend to visit
    12) My NYTimes subscription
    14) My Harvard Business Review subscription
    15) The internet
    16) all the likes I got on my recent profile pic
    17) Being invited to a friend’s wedding this weekend.

    Before the exercise: I felt kind of “meh.”
    During the exercise: Slowly got happier writing all the things I was grateful for down.
    After: Holy crap, I have a lot to be grateful for!

  • KM Oct 6, 2014, 12:01 pm

    (unconditionally loving me) parents
    a well paying job with a company thats growing fast
    a nice house
    wide circle of friends to hang out with
    my family cousins, aunts uncles, grand mother who is still alive
    healthy parents
    my good health
    close friends I can trust and offload on
    my independence to earn and spend
    dancing, singing talent
    my creativity and energy
    sense of humour
    my quiet time in evenings
    my drive to work when solitary

  • AT Oct 6, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Time I have with my family

  • XR Oct 6, 2014, 12:07 pm

    1. Healthy body
    2. Above average intelligence
    3. Above average family background
    4. Healthy family members
    5. Able to travel
    6. Great colleagues
    7. Flexible work culture
    8. Stable country, don’t have to worry about natural disasters or getting mugged on the street
    9. Being able to leave my belongings unattended most of the time
    10. Not having to worry about food or money ie poverty

  • Nikka Oct 6, 2014, 12:11 pm

    I am grateful for…

    My mom
    my new nephew
    my loving little brother
    a healthy family
    my apartment
    my comfortable sheets
    my health
    the sunny day
    nice weather
    living in California
    living in San Mateo
    having good food
    knowing how to cook
    my work
    my office
    my officemate
    my friends
    that I have a car
    that I got to work safe this morning
    Victor’s daily motivating emails
    other motivating emails
    my phone
    my roomate

  • Neetu kumari singh Oct 6, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Son, Neeru, Prito,my smile,brain,personality, parents,the environment, water,air,house,luxury,upbringing, speech,courage,wisdom, guidance,sound,songs,beauty,weather,

  • Sunny Oct 6, 2014, 12:14 pm

    1. Very supportive parents
    2. Have a stable job
    3. Have a very patient, caring, and handsome boyfriend
    4. Be able to live on my own
    5. Very big and pretty eyes
    6. Many friends to talk to if needed
    7. A healthy body
    8. Live in a nice, simple society with great environment
    9. Able to walk
    10. Can listen
    11. Read a book on sofa
    12. Can bake several great bakeries now
    13. Always be able to learn
    14. Work with a great team on history lab offered by Princeton university
    15. Can afford things within a reasonable reason
    16. Live in a very nice apartment
    17. Very loving and caring family
    18. Can smile
    19. Have the opportunity to go abroad
    20. Gradually reach tiny personal goals everyday

  • Alina Oct 6, 2014, 12:15 pm

    i’m grateful for my passion to playing piano, for my dreams and my great teachers at school and uni,
    for my hands, for endevours and challenges in my life.
    How did I felt?
    I felt warm, it was like I have fallen in my sweet dreams, i have gone totally in the past. Actually I don’t like to think about the past, it seems to me unuseful. But this execise make me stop and think about the past, and I didn’t want to leave it. Now I feel like a child who was taken from a piece of candy…

  • arjun Oct 6, 2014, 12:16 pm

    parents, social status, education, openess of family, girlfriends, friends, money, material things, my patience, car, city where i lived, city where i am currently, time, career opportunity, brothers, spiritual family, good upbringing, holiday home, farmhouse, access to information,

  • Nikko Oct 6, 2014, 12:23 pm

    mom, food, water, friends, family, headphones, music, kanye, education, u of m, being able to learn, books, iphone, laptop, loving people, gf, fraternity, roof over my head, kind bars, having a car, my hometown, health, sports, movies, gym, basketball, soccer, law library, ross school of business, nice clothes, shoes, brain, thoughts, caring personality, upbringing

  • Lindsey Oct 6, 2014, 12:26 pm

    1. my family
    2. my education
    3. my health- all abilities function well
    4. growing up comfortably
    5. the opportunities that I have been given
    6. like the opportunity to visit several countries outside the US, even though my parents have never left the country
    7. my roommates
    8. my caring and considerate friends
    9. access to food
    10. not having to worry about safety on a daily basis
    11. access to technology
    12. modern medicine
    13. not having to worry about being treated poorly because of the way I look
    14. the nice weather today
    15. my cognitive abilities
    16. great TV shows
    17. being able to afford many of the things I want and need in life
    18. being alive and conscious of my existence
    19. speaking English as my native language
    20. having a comfortable place to sleep at night
    21. opportunity to meet new people all the time
    22. the ability to communicate through language
    23. the feeling of being well rested after a good night’s sleep
    24. vegetable fried rice
    25. living in a country where I am pretty much free to express myself as I please
    26. the ability to walk
    27. the ability to learn
    28. shoes
    29. sunny days with a clear blue sky
    30. the fact that hangovers don’t last forever
    31. trust
    32. the beauty of the earth
    33. the miracle of modern flight
    34. being able to perceive light
    35. fruit
    36. the great view from my apartment
    37. almost immediate access to information from around the world
    38. indoor plumbing
    39. consuming food easily
    40. makeup because I like it
    41. my clean apartment
    42. my bed, especially when I am tired

  • Fabien Oct 6, 2014, 12:30 pm

    My wife
    My mom
    My dad
    My car
    My lunch today
    My job
    My education
    My apartment
    My family and relatives
    My friends
    Being able to see
    My vision
    Being able to walk
    Being able to talk
    Being able to type this message
    Reading the messages you send
    Being alive
    Having people who love me
    Having money in the bank
    Having Shoes, clothes, watches, cell phone…
    My office
    My bed
    My couch
    My PC and TV
    having 2-3 minutes to write this message
    Being able to play sports I love

  • Qynn Oct 6, 2014, 12:32 pm

    family parents kriz tony
    job / career

  • Radhika Oct 6, 2014, 12:35 pm

    1. My good health
    2. Opportunity to live so comfortably
    3. My lovely boyfriend, family and friends
    4. To travel and experience so much in life
    5. My education
    6. Finally getting the role I wanted at work

  • Sally Oct 6, 2014, 12:36 pm

    I’m healthy. Have two lovely kids. So happy at work. have a great husband. all parents (in laws) are in good shape. Using my brain everyday. can plan for things. not under lots of financial pressure. Being appreciated. have so many good friends. I live in a beautiful peaceful and friendly place. So close to work/no commute. my opinion matters at work and at home.

  • MS Oct 6, 2014, 12:40 pm

    – Access to great books
    – Dad having access to this nice guest house I’m in
    – Caring girlfriend who puts up wtih my eccentricities
    – Stamina to still be able to climb up treks
    – Friends who’d come along with me for work at 3 in the morning
    – Other friends who are better than I am at understanding the core of things, and who I can look up to
    – Having a variety of devices at age 25, when my parents can’t use them even till today
    – Not being bedridden because of a disease
    – Being on a truly lazy vactio nwhere I have to be lazy, since there is nothing to do
    – Money to buy internet to get this connection up and running. Not having to think about it at all
    – Finishing my coursera course deliverables well ahead of time
    – air-conditioning
    – My car
    – Dad being a lawyer
    – The food we just had (homemade stuff, even though we are a fair bit away from home)
    – Having enough money to be able to take radio cabs for every trip on this vacation

  • Prosenjit Sen Oct 6, 2014, 1:02 pm

    My family
    My Job
    Apple products
    My cars
    My scale model aircrafts
    passion to move ahead
    passion for consulting
    passion for travel
    My books
    My friends
    time spend with family during festivities
    ability to cook food
    make people happy with the food i cook
    my effort to nt be overtly aggressive
    chirping bird sounds on youtube
    MTV Coke Studio
    War movies
    Boston Legal
    James Spader
    Satyajit ray
    all the support that i get from family

  • Ramana Oct 6, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Aragorn – Pet dog
    My mum
    my dad
    my sister
    my best friends
    my health
    my degrees
    my car
    the sound system in my car
    my iPhone
    formula 1
    comedy movies
    action/suspense movies
    the internet
    victor cheng
    spending time in the sun
    pretty girls
    the smell of fresh linen
    braai’s my voice
    my family
    my maid – Dudu
    my aunties and uncles
    medical technology and modern medicine
    mr shama
    god and his grace

  • Alfa Oct 6, 2014, 1:09 pm

    50 Things I am grateful for:

    1. I could contribute to donate USD 210 to buy a cow collectively with some other people for Eid ul Adha/Qurban Holy Day.

    2. I managed to take vacation, squeezing in between busy days as small business owner. This week I visit my Grandma and Dad out of town, and continue to take a trip to Jogja, a cultural city in Central Java.

    3. I just got contacted by a new client. Worth of USD 140, yay!

    4. I am happy that my family members are safe.

    5. I am happy that I managed to embrace courage in setting clear boundaries with clients.

    6. I am happy I am getting the book I want to read, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, from a friend in Aussie who will come to Surabaya this month.

    7. I am happy a client in Aussie told me she is happy with my start-up’s service.

    8. I am happy that more people and friends, especially, are contacting me to enroll for the online course I am opening.

    9. I am grateful I can eat more fruits now.

    10. I am happy that I am getting a bit fatter and chubbier now. 🙂

    11. I am grateful for the steady income, cash flow, client base.

    12. I am grateful I manage to recruit good team. A solid and loyal one.

    13. I am happy slowly but sure I succeed in dealing with my anxiety disorder.

    14. I am happy I no longer hold deep grudges to some people who have hurt me in the past.

    15. I am grateful I bought new travel bag. Really handy.

    16. Thanks to Randy and Bagus, my laptop works again!

    17. I have an assistant to help me sort my excessive Facebook posts out. Yay.

    18. I am happy I could print some sheets of invoices for one of my fav clients.

    19. I am grateful, I finished reading Rework last night. Good tips.

    20. I am grateful for the clean water.

    21. I am happy I got the tickets to Jogja and Surabaya already.

    22. I am happy I am not alone in facing my anxiety syndrome. Fellow anxiety sufferers know how awful the feeling is.

    23. 24. 25. Etc…

    And more to come. My relationship life seems brighter and clearer now. 🙂

  • Peter Oct 6, 2014, 1:14 pm

    my family
    my health
    my education
    my upbringing
    my job
    my high income
    my ability to socilaize
    my friends
    my ambitions
    my experiences
    the opportunities I have
    my car
    my attitude
    my brain
    my car
    my creativity
    my learning capacity
    my travels
    my parent’s support
    my family’s love

  • Marco Ferro Oct 6, 2014, 1:16 pm

    a healthy family
    being healthy
    parents that enjoy spending time with me
    a best friend
    being able to play soccer
    being able to travel
    a great education
    being able to feed myself
    living in the US
    my best friend from Argentina
    getting to see Europe this summer

  • Grateful Son Oct 6, 2014, 1:25 pm

    Family, wife daughter, savings, job, recognition, eyesight, no STDs, career, ability to learn, friend, sense of humor, ability to keep going inpite of results, ability to help, willingness to help, drive, mitivation to succeed, forgive poeple, love people, feel other’s pain and cry with them, green card, ability to work any job to support my family, a good night’s sleep, enough food to eat,

  • Tram Claudel Oct 6, 2014, 1:27 pm

    Sunny weather. Fresh pasta, nice cooked food. Health. Fit shape. Caring husband. Sweet mother. Money. Clothes. Shoes. Surfing. Vacation. Family house. Beautiful beach. Nice hot bath. Dinner party with friends.

  • Vicki Oct 6, 2014, 1:43 pm

    50 things:
    I am perfectly healthy
    My parents are healthy
    We have a lovely house
    We love travel
    I have a lot of friends
    I like gym, it keeps me fit
    I have a job that I like
    I don’t have sisters or brothers, but I have cousins.
    I have a lot of books that I love
    I can see, hear, and talk
    The weather today is lovely
    My dad is visiting me in Canada for the first time
    I have money to help other people
    I live in a peaceful world
    People around me are happy
    I have lots of hobbies
    My parents love me and are very supportive

  • Subha Oct 6, 2014, 1:45 pm

    no physical handicap
    no mental handicap
    have people who love me
    have shelter
    have food
    have warm clothes
    reasonably intelligent
    reasonable healthy
    got the courage to dream big
    have the support system to work on that dream
    have ajob
    have parents
    for every moment that I live
    for the comfortable chair that I am seated on
    did not have traffic this morning
    got the rental car that I wanted
    driving was smooth
    could make my parents happy
    had a nice weekend
    flight was safe
    got upgraded in flight
    made my husband happy
    my parents like my husband
    my husband’s kindness
    my husband’s patience
    to be in this country
    to be in florida during winter
    my eyesight is good
    my legs don’t get tired after a mile of walking
    indian food is available almost everywhere
    technology that I can connect with loved ones
    financial capability to provide for loved ones
    for my parents’ prudence
    the food at the cafeteria was not too bad
    the ability to empathize
    to feel grateful
    to be able to think
    to speak
    to have a bit of sense of humor

  • alex Oct 6, 2014, 1:47 pm

    Intelligence, family, partners, work, university, body, smile, friends, house, food, money, cars, neighbours, world, fruits, water, mountain, exercice, sport, labs, state, laws, protection, ensurances, health, wealth, knowledge, culture, spirit, feelings, experience, possibilities, future, promises, time, objects, clothes, technologies, volunteering, hapiness, desire, sex, willing, girls, fantasies, apetites, music, piano, guitar, trumpet, my music group, parties,

  • Kaitna Shankar Oct 6, 2014, 1:56 pm

    1. my family
    2. my supportive friends both home and new york
    3. my health
    4. the fact i go to nyu
    5. my eyes
    6. my brother
    7. my dad whos my best friend
    8. my supportive family who are best friends and have each others back
    9. i am not in poverty
    10. the fact i live in new york city
    11. the fact i have an amazing job lined up for me
    12. new york
    13. the fact that i do cool stuff on weekends bc i live in new york
    14. i can afford to live here
    15. my parents are supportive in everything i do
    16. juice generaiton
    17. my closest friends who always have my back 100%
    18. delicious food
    19. the fact i am indian
    20. the fact i am musically inclined
    21. i can sing
    22. i am outgoing
    23. i try to remain positive
    24. i have an awesome family life that has shaped who i am
    25. where i am in life right now

  • Mike Oct 6, 2014, 2:12 pm

    Kids, family, life, health, parents, friends, job, hobbies, traveling opportunities, relatives, house, car, summer cottage, food, water, air, sun, nature, science, co-workers, boss, challanges at work, body, wife, my past,

  • Marie Dieudonne Oct 6, 2014, 2:19 pm

    50 things!
    My family
    My daughters smile
    My warm home
    Warm shoes
    My car
    My job
    People I work with
    Weather channel
    My health
    My body
    Ability to write
    Ability to read
    Ability to save problems
    My parents
    Honest people
    Smiles from strangers
    Ability to help

  • Gigi Oct 6, 2014, 2:26 pm

    1. 打网球
    2. 吃巧克力
    3. 去旅行
    4. 和小伙伴一起拍照
    5. 什么也不做
    6. 在好天气骑自行车
    7. 和朋友一起聊天
    8. 听音乐
    9. 看电影
    10. 看杂志
    11. 吃路边摊
    12. 坐在路边看风景
    13. 看一只可爱的小狗
    14. 学日语
    15. 画画
    16. 穿好看的衣服
    17. 买鞋子
    18. 做在草地上喝酸奶
    19. 早上起床体重又轻了
    20. 买可爱的小玩意儿
    21. 游泳
    22. 去海边
    23. 逛美术馆
    24. 跳舞
    25. 家里收拾的好干净
    26. 窝在沙发上听音乐喝茶
    27. 把脚放在小溪里
    28. 坐在山顶上发呆
    29. 看动画片
    30. 慢慢地做一顿饭
    31. 在下雨天睡觉
    32. 看书
    33. 学说广东话
    34. 听音乐会
    35. 静静地看一朵花
    36. 收快递
    37. 晒太阳
    38. 一大早醒来一个人玩,等玩好了大家都醒了再一起玩
    39. 吃brunch
    40. 别人夸我长得好看
    41. 喝下午茶
    42. 剪一个好看的头发
    43. 做个spa
    44. 玩游艺机
    45. 帮别人做case
    46. 随便瞎写字
    47. 醒过来的时候被抱着
    48. 睡了一小会儿觉得自己睡了好久
    49. 喜欢听小众音乐会
    50. 没有什么要担心

  • Shagun Rawat Oct 6, 2014, 2:28 pm

    roof over my head, food on the table, my parents close by, my parents alive and independent,my drive, true people in touch with me,my metabolism, my ayurveda practitioner close by,my commitment to health, people to spur me on, genuine compliments from people, able to talk to people I value on the phone,commitment to truth,running water, quite surroundings, help when needed at hand,yoga,meditation,my guru,be spurred to do better, wanting to keep learning, my belief, refrain from negative people,plants in my kitchen window, birds that come to visit, wind chime,my lap-top, internet connection, security guards at the gate, invitation to dinner,the garbage lady ringing regularly at the door, newspaper in the morning, cup of tea, my chair, table,fan over my head,curtains to keep out the sun, electricity most of the time, lack of nosy neighbors,loads of things to do, relief from allergy,my glasses,my posture, my cell phone, land line,the couch, bed,storage spaces, recent paint on the walls, clear smooth unobstructed flow of water in the WC and kitchen sink, constant flow of knowledge and the inspiration provided by my friends,

  • Neil Oct 6, 2014, 2:30 pm

    new york
    bed to sleep on

  • jeremy Oct 6, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Wife, son, daughter, health, health of my family, my home, my job, my in-laws, cool autumn mornings, ocean waves, little handprints on everything, high pitch laughter of little kids, hugs, hope, warm sunshine, sand lots of sand, my parents, camping, camp fires, campfires with marshmallows, sunsets, quiet mornings, stillness

  • Sampath Oct 6, 2014, 2:51 pm

    house family health job father food internet electronics friends transportation sleep brothers savings

  • sm Oct 6, 2014, 2:56 pm

    daughter husband
    ann arbor
    hearing smelling
    husbands career

  • sm Oct 6, 2014, 2:56 pm

    I felt nothing before and after the exercise.

  • Carolyn Oct 6, 2014, 3:02 pm

    I am grateful I survived this rape. I am grateful for having a beautiful strong daughter, To live I must and create I shall. art has saved me and will again. I am grateful for being Annie T’s Baby girl, she gave me strength and taught me well I live on. I am grateful for an imagination and yes even for repression, I am grateful in my belief in God, I am grateful for making it past radiation treatment seizures beatings hate crimes molestation rape bigotry all this in this Missouri, I still have HOPE. I am grateful in being me this Black woman, this artist, this Mother, I pray and do my best and help others even if I get slapped or kicked or robbed I continue. I make ART. I am a Missouri artist. Have nothing to prove to no one. I am grateful to see the sun and feel the wind and walk at midnight with God alone after cleaning toilets so I won’t go hungry and yes I am grateful for having met you…I have a voice and am an enigma. I am poor and alone yet never alone and I write and am grateful I made it through this stroke…I am here and I write and you want to know and here it is. what say you now? I paint portraits. I make art no one sees. I get no help in this town for I am the wrong color and the wrong age. I make Art cause I must. Today is my birthday. I am grateful to make it to my birthday. Another year and what a year. I am trying to move and have no money and no help and I must leave and have less than two weeks to do so. here am I send me. I tell no lie. This is my life and I am grateful to be here. I want to be a grandmother. I want to live happily ever after and just make art. I am grateful for my talent and I am grateful to have a chance to say…Just say what I feel and my three minute are up…

    • Victor Cheng Oct 6, 2014, 7:32 pm


      I am grateful you have survived all that your have survived, that you are still here, and we’re able to share your words with all of us.


      • Deedee Dec 18, 2014, 6:43 am

        I am grateful for
        a sunrise everyday, a loving family, friends, a great job, pets, new baby in the family, fairly good health, a warm home, a car, being me and accepted for it, money and cell phone(i supppose), art and every expression of it, computers, food, love, church community, good schools, great teachers, being a USA citizen, children I can now call adult friend, loving husband since high school, empathy,desire to help others, being a little organized, oh and WATER, clean to drink, and of course rivers lakes and oceans to sit near and ponder

  • Valeriy Oct 6, 2014, 3:03 pm

    My wife, brain, mother, father, brother, cat, teachers, friends, opportunities, love, health, sport fit, colleagues, love

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  • Sarah Reed Oct 6, 2014, 3:24 pm

    a home
    to feel loved
    learning things quickly
    wisdom people have shared
    being able to not always have to worry about money
    knowing this Christmas i have a family to spend it with
    being close to my parents
    learning from others
    being ambitious
    visiting different countries
    having a voice
    high self-esteem
    having the drive to achieve goals
    being warm
    eating healthy food
    exercising at a gym
    running in a park
    never having a broken bone
    University degree
    succeeding at work
    letting go of the past
    being humble

  • Greg Rickman Oct 6, 2014, 3:35 pm

    past mistakes
    current opportunities
    ecstatic dance
    High school friends
    B-school friends
    college friends
    mt. biking
    that I live in America
    that I have some money to get by
    Landmark Education
    the furniture in my apartment
    my relationship with my mom
    my sister
    flip flops
    that I live in SF
    that I live in California
    my diplomas

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