Practicing Gratitude – #FridayFive 23rd February 2018 26

This is my weekly blog post sharing what I am grateful for. Practicing gratitude is supposed to lead to happiness and a more positive attitude and I would love for you to share what you’re grateful for in the comments.

  1. I have been back at work this week after almost three weeks off with sickness. I’m still not feeling 100% but I am grateful that I am well enough to return to work, routine and normalcy.
  2. I’m grateful that I work in a super place with lovely, supportive colleagues. No-one has made a big deal about the fact that I have been off ill, but I’m been made to feel very welcome. With some nice chats, ‘hello Lauren’s’, ‘glad you’re back’ and ‘take it easy.’
  3. I am grateful that the IKEA furniture we made last weekend is lovely (and still together!) A bit of a risk of ordering them all online but it paid off as our living room is looking cosy now with a new rug, light and tv cabinet.
  4. Milly! I’m always grateful for my lovely girl but she has made me smile and giggle this week. She dragged the blanket that we had been sharing on the sofa when she followed me into the kitchen! One evening as I arrived home I could see her through the window, as I opened my car door I could see she started to wag her tail!
  5. Josh! I’ve been a bit grumpy this week. I’ve been tired and headachy in the evenings and I’m grateful to him for putting up with me and trying to help!

What are you grateful for?

Join in! I’d love to know. Let me know in the comments or leave a link to your own #FridayFive gratitude blogpost.


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26 thoughts on “Practicing Gratitude – #FridayFive 23rd February 2018

  • beetleypete

    It does seem that your employer and colleagues are indeed very tolerant and helpful. In this day and age, that really is something to be grateful for.

    1) Grateful for cold dry days, ideal for dog walking.
    2) Grateful that my wife has finally been given her promised redundancy and pension package.,
    3) Grateful for my dog Ollie, and his constant devotion and good behaviour.
    4) Grateful to be going out for a meal with friends on Saturday, a break from routine.
    5) Grateful to see the days getting longer.

    Best wishes, Pete.

      • beetleypete

        She is a little too young to fully retire yet, Lauren, as she is almost ten years younger than me. However, the redundancy deal will allow her to wait for the right job, or perhaps work part-time instead.
        Best wishes, Pete.

  • thoughtsnlifeblog

    Hope you are fully better. 3 weeks is a long time. Do take it easy and keep resting. Hugs to you.

    So my friday 5.
    Well i return safely with mum from a 8 day holiday in the sun since not traveling since 2012 due to several health issues with mum.

    Happy to be home but not the cold.

    Ability to cook.

    Living close to the shops to buy groceries, when the house was shut and empty for 8 days.

    Meditation and spirituality in my life.

  • Heather

    It was lovely to see you back at work this week and looking all the better for your time off. I have had a busy week but lots to be grateful for.

    1. Sunday I took a trip to Ely with my camera club and I am grateful that the sun made an appearance which made a perfect day for spending with friends.

    2. Tuesday was a testing time with an investertive phone call from the DWP. Not sure why I was being investigated but I’m grateful I could honestly answer his questions and justify no wrong doing.

    3. Wednesday my new carpets were fitted so I am grateful to no longer have cold feet!

    4. Thursday I was back at one of my favourite places, the workhouse after a couple of weeks away. I was very grateful to see friends and colleagues for a catch up as well as doing what I enjoy.

    5. Lastly I am very grateful to be able to start putting my house back in order. The marine aquarium should be back up and running over ther weekend.

    Have a good week x

  • Ritu

    Caring, supportive colleagues make life at work so much easier!

    my 5…

    1. Grateful for whatsapp calls, and speaking to my brother overseas
    2. Grateful for my blog, and blogily who make me feel better no matter what I feel like
    3. Grateful for my colleagues who have been a great support to me recently
    4. Grateful for friends and family who know how to listen, and can offer a proper hug to make things better
    5. Grateful to my Hubby Dearest for giving me the greatest gifts of my life, my children.

  • Shopdealman

    The best way to effectively practice gratitude is to first make a conscious effort to rewire your brain so that the practice becomes subconscious. I think that’s the point of your question, and if so there are tremendous psychological benefits to be had when you foster a natural Attitude of Gratitude. For me, this was achieved by practicing these habits daily without fail, especially for 30-40 days straight in which psychologists say habits are formed or broken.

  • Gary

    Of late this Friday Five seems a good thing to be doing! Had a few blips and focussing on the positives is a very good way to reset things. I hear a lot of people taking breaks from screens now too. In today’s world that seems very good practice. I often wonder if doing so generates feelings of anxiety not so disparate from addiction absences.