I once read somewhere something can become a habit in 21 days. I am a slow learner so I figured I’d give myself 30 days to train my brain to concentrate on all of the grateful things in my life. I definitely believe that being grateful is one of the main ideas behind happiness.

I was surprised when reading back through my past entries that, for the most part, what makes me happy is not monetary. Spending time with friends, family and loved ones seems to be the top on my list. The next trend in my gratitude journal was related to feeling a sense of accomplishment; completing all my errands, painting the house, finishing taxes, etc. I am definitely a “list” person, so this comes as no surprise. The rest of the entries seem to be pretty random; making deep fried gorgonzola balls, feeling skinny, happy hours, poker night, spin class, etc. The one entry that I will never forget is when I actually wrote “I love my life!”

1. I’m healthy
2. I am loved
3. My family & friends
4. Owning a restaurant
5. Tiramisu
6. Warm weather
7. The beach
8. Hiking trails
9. Heaters that work
10. Fuzzy blankets
11. Puppies (especially puppy breath)
12. Red wine
13. Organized closets
14. Music that invokes wonderful memories
15. The memories of my grandmother
16. Knowing how to cook
17. Happy hour
18. Fitting into my skinny jeans
19. Fresh fruit smoothies
20. Freedom
21. Good books
22. The internet
23. My IPhone
24. Vineyards nearby

25. Hugs & kisses
26. US magazine
27. Free stuff
28. Aroma candles
29. Ability to learn
30. Hot tea on a cold day
31. Instant communication
32. The smell of Christmas Trees
33. Raw cookie dough
34. Babies tiny fingernails
35. Learning the value of always being in present
36. Random acts of kindness
37. Ambition
38. My ability to easily forgive
39. Kind strangers
40. Hearing “I Love You”
41. Foot rubs
42. Uncontrollable laughter
43. Reality TV
44. Warm rain
45. High heel shoes
46. Bargain shopping
47. Outdoor Patio dining
48. Pedicures
49. Smell of coffee brewing
50. Quiet mornings when no one is awake yet
51. Starry nights
52. Great restaurants
53. Girls night out
54. Being motivated
55. Cuddling with a warm pile of laundry
56. Shopping online
57. Being barefoot on the sand
58. Sugar-free mochas
59. Productive days
60. Puffy clouds
61. Fresh sheets
62. Flushing toilets
63. SpellChecker and calculators
64. Finding unexpected money in your pockets
65. Hot showers
66. All my five senses
67. Fine paper
68. When the trees leaves change colors
69. TIVO
70. Great pens (Pilot G-2)
71. Natural Hot Springs
72. Dolce & Gabana Light Blue Perfume
73. Blogging
74. Smell of a BBQ
75. The perfect pair of jeans
76. Parking right up front
77. Learning the benefits of living a simple life
78. Genuine compliments
79. Super hot showers
80. The feeling motivation gives me
81. The stock market
82. Laser hair removal
83. Cookbooks with lots of photos
84. Game nights
85. A good nights sleep
86. Spooning
87. Keyboard Shortcuts
88. Free Samples
89. Setting a high score on a video game
90. The library

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