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30 prompts to help you voice your gratitude

I had the usual ups and downs and I am just not in the mood to even talk about the downs, because today I want to practice what I preach. Voicing my gratitude is the best way, I thought.

Attending the National Workshop on Regulatory Compliance for Accelerating Innovations at C-CAMP, Bangalore set the tone for the month and it was a wonderful experience of learning. The campus was a joy to explore.

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I did this today. I attended a fabulous workshop and during the lunch break took a long long walk on the campus. It was most delightful. . Been wanting to travel somewhere…the restlessness sets in more frequently sometimes and this was the perfect little break. In the outskirts of the city. . The sun 🌞 was warm but the trees were gorgeous and it was wonderful dodging the shadows and skipping along the pathways. . A great day making some good connections and learning a lot. . . . . . . #fms_ididthistoday #fmspad #fmsphotoaday #passionpassport #travelblogger #travelbloggerlife #travelwithme #traveldiaries #letsgosomewhere #visualcrush #finditliveit #sheisnotlost #traveldeeper #posttheordinary #chasinglight #takemethere #travelandlife #visualgang #mytinyatlas #sidewalkerdaily #beautifuldestinations #justgoshoot #exploremore #lifewelltravelled #momentslikethese #lifethroughmylens

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Then the rest of the month has been busy with lots of work deadlines and of course, blogging daily in the A to Z Challenge.

So, let me do this gratitude post differently.

Instead of describing my happies and the could-have-been-happiers, I am going to make a list of threes. Feel free to use these prompts and write your own posts!

Voicing my gratitude with these thirty prompts

30 prompts to help you voice your gratitude

I am grateful for these 3 things I hear

  • The voice of my loved ones
  • The doorbell
  • My favorite songs

I am grateful for these 3 things I see

  • The pigeons
  • Sunsets and sunrises
  • My photo albums that take me down memory lane

I am grateful for these 3 things I smell

  • Coffee
  • Fresh laundry
  • My essential oils

I am grateful for these 3 things I touch/feel

  • Earth when I walk
  • Vegetables
  • Moisturizer

I am grateful for these 3 things I taste

  • Yogurt
  • Water
  • Samosas

I am grateful for these 3 friends

  • My sister, who has my back no matter what
  • My childhood pal, who knows me so well
  • My BFF who phone-marathons and surprises me always

I am grateful for these 3 teachers

I am grateful for these 3 family members

  • My Mom, who’s a source of constant encouragement
  • My husband, for his love and trust
  • My son, for his unconditional love

I am grateful for these 3 things in my home

  • My laptop, which makes work easier
  • My spot in the living room which makes me happy
  • My kitchen where I feel my Mom’s presence the most

I am grateful for these 3 clients

  • The one who gave me my first job
  • The one that got me started as a freelance writer
  • The publisher I work with

I am grateful for these 3 trips

  • Trip to Dharamsala and meeting with the Dalai Lama
  • Trip to Canada to meet four of my closest friends
  • Trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling

I am grateful for these 3 physical activities

  • The walk on my terrace every day—grateful for a clean safe space
  • Cooking
  • Mopping (seriously!)

I am grateful for these 3 holidays

  • Dussehra/Navratri – Long break when my son visits
  • Mid-sem breaks when my son’s home
  • Summer vacation – when my son’s home

I am grateful for these 3 authors I love

I am grateful for these 3 character traits

  • My optimism
  • My never-say-die, never-give-up attitude
  • My thirst for knowledge

I am grateful for these 3 strangers who helped me

  • The gentleman who dropped me home in pouring rain when I was carrying two huge bags of diapers and was scared they’d soak up the rain even before I got home.
  • The stranger who pushed me out of the way when a truck hurtled down the road just as I was about to cross and saved my life.
  • The army guys who picked me up off the road when I had an accident on my scooter.

I am grateful for these 3 things I love to wear

  • My thumb ring
  • My junk jewelry
  • My glasses (ha!)

I am grateful for these 3 tech gadgets

  • My phone, which lets me talk to those I love and take pictures
  • My digital camera
  • My glucometer which helps me track my sugar levels

I am grateful for these 3 things I take for granted

  • My failing eyesight
  • Fresh air
  • Running water

I am grateful for these 3 things that make me laugh

  • My husband’s constant punning
  • Watching SNL with my son
  • Topcat – old cartoon series

I am grateful for these 3 TV shows I enjoy

Here are my top five must-watch crime thriller shows on TV

I am grateful for these 3 things I am good at

I am grateful for these 3 opportunities I got

  • Working with UNICEF part-time
  • Teaching kindergarten for one term
  • Working from home

I am grateful for these 3 life lessons I’ve learned

  • Believe in yourself
  • Choose your friends wisely
  • Comparison is the thief of joy

I am grateful for these 3 service people

  • The lady who collects the garbage every day
  • The medical store delivery person
  • The grocery delivery person

I am grateful for these 3 simple pleasures

  • My morning cup of coffee
  • Long baths
  • Binge-reading

I am grateful for these 3 gifts I’ve received

  • Time with my family
  • My purse
  • Books

I am grateful for these 3 goals I’ve achieved

  • Full time income working from home
  • Maintaining a healthy weight (well, almost)
  • Being able to donate my blog’s income to charity

I am grateful for these 3 fond memories

  • Traveling with my Mom
  • My 28th birthday
  • Job transfers

I am grateful for these 3 things from last week

  • Meeting an important work deadline
  • Receiving a lovely email from a blog-reader
  • Cleaning out my pantry

I am grateful for each one of you reading this post.

So—tell me—did you like today’s post? Feel free to use the prompts to write your own. Sometimes it is wonderful to sit back and think about what we are grateful for from our day-to-day routine, right?

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Kaddu
    April 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm

    Loved these 30 prompts, Vidya. There is still time, I might “tag” myself with this after AtoZ.
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      Vidya Sury
      April 30, 2019 at 10:47 am

      I look forward to seeing your post, Chicky!

  • Reply
    upasna
    May 1, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Wonderful prompts Vidya…Loved the way you gave the examples.

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    Ronel Janse van Vuuren
    May 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Great prompts! So much better than listing the things you could have been happier with…

    Ronel visiting with the A-Z Challenge music and writing: Various Artists

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    Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    May 2, 2019 at 2:23 am

    It’s a nice way to practice gratitude Vidya. When you started this, it reminded me of the 5 sense grounding technique we teach clients with trauma/anxiety – 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch/feel, 3 things you hear, 2 things you smell and 1 thing you can taste. Brings them back to the present moment. Loved your list. I really enjoy Rohinton Mistry too – wish he would write more. Had to laugh that your husband likes punning; I have a group of friends where we do that often. Hope you have a lovely May! And kudos on finishing the A to Z challange!
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    Vinitha
    May 4, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Awesome prompts, Vidya! Even if we choose to answer just one from each prompt there are a lot to be grateful for, right? Hey your spot in the living room reminded me of Sheldon and his spot. 😀
    And that sketch is so cute. I would love to see more of your sketches, Vidya.
    I am grateful that I wrote my gratitude post this time on time. Linking here. 🙂
    Wishing you a joyful May ahead. 🙂
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    Unishta
    May 5, 2019 at 10:58 am

    What lovely prompts these are. I think even if I follow five of them, I’ll land up feeling good. I have been practicing gratitude, especially when I want to scream in frustration and find that feeling grateful for what I have does make things seem better.
    BTW I have changed my name to Unishta as I feel that BellyBytes was getting too food centric. Do you think this sounds better?
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      Vidya Sury
      May 5, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      Gratitude is quite calming when we get into the habit. Of course, there are moments when venting seems like a better option. I try to get the best of both worlds by venting with a close friend and then feel grateful that I have the outlet.

      Unishta sounds beautiful, Sunita. I love it! Thank you for joining the Gratitude Circle!
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    Parul Thakur
    May 5, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    Loved the posts and tempted to give this one a try. It’s almost like the 99 things I love kind of thing. Looks hard when you start but can stop writing when you begin.
    I loved that sketch, Vidya. I think you should do that more often. Also, that picture with the trees? I would love you join for Thursday Tree Love. That’s a gorgeous collection 😉
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    Shalzmojo
    May 6, 2019 at 7:57 am

    What a gorgeous campus- lucky you to be strolling down such beautiful tree lined avenues. This was quite an unusual Gratitude post and while reading I was contemplating all the three things in my life. You really practice this very dilligently – I am so glad that I am a part of this linkup. Thank you for being so inspirational 🙂

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