The Gratitude Effect

Gratitude Circle Vidya Sury

Welcome to the January 2016 Gratitude Circle bloghop!

What a month this has been! There were days when I couldn’t believe how quickly time seemed to whiz past. As usual, we went through a sick phase at home. We’re becoming such pros at it that we were in perfect sync this time – me with a bleeding ear and he with a strep throat and my son, at college had the ‘flu. Sigh.

But hey, enough about that! It is part of life’s ups – yes, not really down. For one thing, we recovered and for another, we stepped back from all that busyness and got some much needed R&R. We vegged out watching TV, slept, laughed and gave our screens a rest.

So on with the gratitude list already!

  • This month, I am supremely grateful, yet again, for the kindness of strangers. The campus shopkeeper who was kind enough to get Vidur’s prescription for him when he was sick. The post office for making a speedy delivery of stuff we sent him. His own patience through his recovery. Total heart-squeeze there!
  • I had a quick trip north and stayed with friends for a couple of days and had a delightful time with their 3 year old – we were practically inseparable. What a lovely break!
  • My friend’s sister, whom I’ve met once years ago, called me to ask for help with writing a tribute to someone. The person was a caregiver to her husband suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. The husband was a wonderful person and would receive many tributes – so my friend’s sister wanted to write one for the caregiver, frame it and gift it to her. I was so overwhelmed by her kind thoughtfulness. So of course I sent her a draft and she called back to bestow blessings on our family. It is acts like these that make life beautiful. And of course I was happy when she told me she loved my writing.
  • Special thanks to Wisdom Times for featuring me in their list of top 100 personal development blogs. I am honored to be in fabulous company.


  • The day before yesterday, I felt a little lazy to cook dinner and was wondering what I could rustle up when my doorbell rang. I opened it to find my neighbor standing there, bearing a large plate. Dinner. It was her daughter’s birthday. How kind of her! Talk about wishing and instant gratification!
  • Of course I am grateful for the sunshine, which enabled me tackle my mountain of laundry. Yeah, I had to, since my husband was out of town and it felt mean to keep that growing load waiting for his return. I mean I could have, but I didn’t! I can be nice like that!
  • I am thrilled to add one more child to my child sponsorship list. You can too!

As always, the more we appreciate every little thing, there’s more to be grateful for!

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Starting this month, I will be sharing an easy gratitude practice or activity along with my Gratitude Circle post. 

Today, I’m pleased to share “Encourage Thankfulness with Gratitude Stones” from Our Peaceful Planet. Thank you Nancy!

At “Our Peaceful Planet” Roy & Nancy, (husband & wife team) are dedicated to inspiring happier, healthier lives. Please visit their site to find very unique crafts & home decorating ideas, printable delicious recipes,  amazing natural healing info, green living tips, creative organizing, how-tos & more! They’ve been featured on Home Talk, one of my favorite sites.

This pretty project is very easy, has many variations and can be shared with family and friends, or as an activity for children.

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How to (Click here for full tutorial)

Collect a handful of smooth small stones. No need to be perfect. If they have a flattish side, great.

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Paint a heart (or whatever you like) on each stone with a paint brush.

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Outline the hearts – make them prettier.

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Make a little pouch. Here’s Nancy’s tutorial on how to make no sew burlap pouches. Place the stones in the pouch.

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Print the poem below.



The activity

Gift the pouch with the stones along with the poem to those you love.

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Let them put the stones around their room, or home or work area.

Each time they spot one, they must pause and think of something they’re grateful for.

Make it different each time.

Do try this – I’d love to know/see how it went!


Join me for the January Gratitude Circle bloghop with your own post. It can be anything related to gratitude and not necessarily a list. Write about something that made you happy because gratitude = happiness. Share an inspiring story, share a kindness. Share an experience that made you feel good. And add your post link to the linky below.

The Gratitude Circle bloghop is scheduled for the last Thursday of every month. Here’s the new badge.

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Add it to your sidebar/your post and if you feel inclined, link back to this post. Thank you! Keep smiling!

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  • Reply
    Beloo Mehra
    January 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

    The first item on your gratitude list is so touching. Hope Vidur is doing fine now. And how about that dinner plate from your neighbour! Fabulous.
    I am a collector of stones etc, have different sizes and shapes, use them in many ways, around potted plants or just in empty pots, jars etc. I like the idea of making little gratitude stones – such a simple and beautiful way to enhance their inner beauty. Will try a little something like that. Thanks for sharing about it.
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      Vidya Sury
      January 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Can’t express how grateful I am for that, Beloo! Thank you for joining me today. I too have some stones and am planning to do this activity and post it on my blog. I’d love to see yours!
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    January 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    That’s a wonderful activity, Vidya…I’ll see if I can find time to do this…I hope you are doing better and that Vidur is better too…I’m thankful for the sunshine too, I was getting worried about drying Myra’s clothes…Thank God, the sun is out making things warm and beautiful…Take care, lots of <3
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      Vidya Sury
      January 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      I’d love to see the result, Naba. There’s something about sunshine on a chilly day that seems like “Hope”! I remember when Vidur was around six months old, it was the monsoons in Mumbai and we’d go crazy trying to find creative ways to dry his clothes. 🙂 It is a good thing there are diapers now! Love you. Take care of yourself.
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    Mahathi Ramya
    January 28, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Very nice, I liked your new initiative – a gratitude activity along with the post 🙂
    I agree and believe in this line Vidya-
    As always, the more we appreciate every little thing, there’s more to be grateful for!

    Pretty busy now, but I know I will take time to write a gratitude post soon.
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      Vidya Sury
      January 28, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Thank you Mahathi! Linky is open for two weeks. Welcome any time. Hugs! Have a nice day!
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    upasna (@lifebioscope)
    January 28, 2016 at 2:53 pm


    Today is Last Thursday of January. How can I join?

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      Vidya Sury
      January 28, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Dear Upasna, Just write your post on your blog and then add your link to the linky below. If you have any difficulty, just give me your post link and I will add it for you. Love, Vidya.
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    Inderpreet Kaur
    January 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Love the new badge and I can see this is going to be great. I will try to write my post – one month should be enough time!
    Glad to know you and your family are well , being away and sick is so painful.
    Simple things when valued make life so easy. The stones are a unique idea. Kind of like the “Pet Rock” idea and spreading cheer too.
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      Vidya Sury
      January 29, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you Inderpreet! 🙂 I am loving the Gratitude stones activity! We can use something other than stones too!
      By the way, I’ve kept the linky duration as 2 weeks (Up to Feb 11). Still, ample time! Hugs and thanks for support always!
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    January 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I loved those stones – what a wonderful idea. The kids are going to have fun making them. I loved your list too – simple things keep us smiling, right?
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      Vidya Sury
      February 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Absolutely, Tulika! By the way – you can enjoy this activity with other things as well, not just stones! 🙂 I have a multiple lids of the set curd we buy and find it fun to write on them with sketch pens. 🙂 Thank you! So happy you joined the bloghop!
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    G Angela
    January 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Thanks Vidya ! what a lovely post on gratitude. Love the energy of your post vidya, you are such a great example for me to be able to stay thankful despite difficult times. hope you are fine with your ear problem, and vidur and your hubby has recovered. I was impressed with the wish… this happens to me too.. and it is such a blessing to have our needs answered in the most unexpected ways. I liked the idea of stones… am seeing this first time… I will pick up now a few stones and include my daughter in this simple project. Thanks for your generosity and I am so happy to be connected, whenever I read your post, I am motivated and energised. Love and hugs 🙂

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      Vidya Sury
      February 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      You are so very kind, Angela! I am blessed to know you! Thank you! Things are much better now! 🙂
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    January 29, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Lovely gratitude list, Vidya. It is alway the little things that I am grateful for. How nice of your neighbor! Hope all of you are feeling good now. I loved the stone activity. My son will love to do it. Thank you for sharing and inpiring me, Vidya. <3
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    January 31, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I am glad your son is on the mend and doing better. Congratulations on your blog being on the top 100-that is quite an honour that you deserve. It’s funny…I keep some stones on my dresser that I touch every morning and evening and contemplate the day. This is a very nice idea
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      Vidya Sury
      February 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you Birgit – yes, we’re all much better! That top 100 mention was quite a surprise – just goes to show people notice 🙂 I can’t think of a better person than you to create art on those stones. I do hope you’ll try the activity and share photos! Hugs!
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    January 31, 2016 at 10:06 am

    What a lovely post Vidya! I always have a huge smile on my face after reading your posts. Hugs! Loved the idea of gratitude stones…such a simple way to inspire positivity.
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    January 31, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Written the post and it was the best thing to do today. The activity looks so cute. It’s a great initiative Vidya and I am looking forward to link every month. See you around 🙂

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    My Inner Chick
    February 5, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    I’m grateful for “YOU.”
    Your love flows all the way to Duluth. xxxxx

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      Vidya Sury
      February 10, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you Kim! Love you right back!

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