25 Days of Gratitude

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything

As another year draws to a close, I’m called to reflect on what I’m grateful for. The autumn and winter seasons naturally evoke feelings of contentment and camaraderie as many of us gather with loved ones to celebrate the joys, growth, and milestones of months past.

No matter how your year has unfolded, take a moment to consider the reasons you have to say thank you. They could be as simple as having fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink or as significant as mending an estranged relationship, seeing your child graduate from college, or embarking on a new business venture.

Over the next few weeks, I invite you to join me in noting what you’re thankful for each day. If you already have an established gratitude practice, encourage a friend to follow suit. Check back often as I tally up the bundle of blessings this month has up her sleeve, and as the end of the year approaches, be present to the small graces that surround you.

Day 1: Oven aromas

Day 2: Cheerful notes from distant friends

Day 3: Audiobook companions

Day 4: Afternoon escapes

Day 5: Loving communities of like-minded souls

Day 6: Morning bright spots

Day 7: Pleasant work spaces

Day 8: Doorstep deliveries

Day 9: New recipes for rainy days

Day 10: Opportunities to create

Day 11: Familiar smiles

Day 12: A morning to write

Day 13: Soothing scents

Day 14: Wagging tails

Day 15: Sunset drives

Day 16: Simple treats for the soul

Day 17: The anticipation of a new read

Day 18: Pizza night

Day 19: Old faces and new spaces

Day 20: Rainy day walks

Day 21: Family game night

Day 22: Morning yoga

Day 23: Afternoon naps and evening pie

Day 24: Full tables

Day 25: New traditions