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  1. GR8FULL

    I added a new daily activity to my morning routine this morning. I sent personalized texts to each of my 4 sons. I know they will appreciate them even if they don’t respond each day. But Even if they don’t appreciate it, it added a warm loving feeling in my heart, which is a goal of my morning routine so I am ahead of the game.

    2 years ago
  2. Robin Ann

    By showing I care and being supportive. Today I also helped around the house since I was working from home, empty the dishwasher, get the mail, try to stay on top of weekly chores like putting the trash cans near the road or getting the mail. I also try to take the dogs for walks. Today it was raining so it was just short walks.

    2 years ago
  3. Avril

    Getting here a little late today. This is a fun question. Even in the waning hours of the day, there are so many ways– I’ve really been in to connecting with my stepdaughter. When she comes in the door I am going to take her to run errands, listen to the details of Western day, and give her a little treat at the grocery store! The kids really love one on one even with the mundane.

    2 years ago
  4. O.Christina

    calling someone unexpectedly and may be lift up a burden; or letting my father know that I am with him in his concerns; sending pics of joyful times to friends; giving freshly picked sweet and delicious fruits as a surprise to someone who usually asks for money. Thank you friends for sharing!

    2 years ago
  5. Don Jones

    By being joyful myself

    2 years ago
  6. pkr

    By being kind in all my interactions. Being love…

    2 years ago
  7. Erich617

    I like to believe that I intentionally–and unintentionally–bring joy to my child everyday. Recently, I have been spread thin, and I see myself becoming a little more short tempered with her, which I don’t like. But I know that she is over the moon about the dance class that I signed her up for this afternoon.

    2 years ago
  8. Charlie T

    As I go about my busy day, I will try to bring my best self and express my gratitude.

    2 years ago
  9. Cathie

    Make dinner for my son and family.
    I am at their home babysitting while the daycare is closed:)

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Lucky them, dear Cathie 🙂

      2 years ago
  10. JayJacks

    I could tell a joke, say something nice that I find about that person, or simply share a smile at someone passing by. Tonight I will make dinner for my wife and afterwards we will listen to jazz and share tea while checking in. I hope that brings her the same joy it does me.

    2 years ago
  11. c
    carol

    Just listened to Dan Siegel speak about seeing people, and ecosystem through the lens of subjective experience, perspective and agency and the importance of being grateful, compassionate and in awe of self and other and our intraconnectedness. This reminded me of Thich Nhat Hanh’s interbeing. So, maybe joy will result if I intentionally am mindful of this.

    2 years ago
  12. Carol

    Early this morning I put a fresh apple sauce muffin in a bag and clipped it to the mailbox for the mailman. I always share what I bake with him. I don’t know if it brings him joy but do know he appreciates the treats because he tells me so.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      How sweet, Carol 🙂

      2 years ago
  13. A
    AP

    Complementing people I meet today. By being full present during meetings. Take kids for a bike ride.

    2 years ago
  14. Racel W.

    Everyday i send a thought of the day to my staff. It is just my way to greet my team. I find inspiration from my morning quiet time, a post i read, passage from a book, a video…i pull from what i experience.

    My staff absolutely enjoy it! It pushes them out their comfort zone. Inspire at time. Make them laugh. Gives a feeling of connection.

    I have been doing it since the pandemic and i don’t see stopping. My way to spread joy and dare i say it love!!

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      You’re reminding me that I was occasionally dropping a mid-afternoon “breather” into our shared chat channel for my team to remind them to give themselves a break and take a breath. I’ll get back to doing that. I hadn’t made it a habit, partly wanting to make it an unexpected surprise, but that means I forget to do it.

      2 years ago
  15. Holly in Ohio

    My thinking ran along the lines of… “but I may not see anyone today… except my husband and I can’t create joy for him [tried… its just his nature, i think]… I could visit a friend… wasn’t planning on it… I never realized visiting a friend would bring them joy!” This ramble of thought came to a surprise end. I think in my mind I see myself as a “pest” and that when I visit friends it is for me and me alone. But I know logically this is not true. Emotionally… I don’t know it. I was even asked this week when I popped in at a neighbor’s if I would come back for tea.

    Anyway, I am busy today so I don’t know if I will get over there, but I am thankful for this enlightenment, however obvious it may be to others. Yes, many people would like us to visit, and yes, it brings them joy!

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Holly, Your posts always bring me joy. Your willingness to be vulnerable and share your thoughts, feelings and wisdom is appreciated.

      2 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Aww, thank you! Your words feel so like a warm hug! 🤗

        2 years ago
  16. sunnypatti48317

    I am off today, so I’m taking our dog to the beach for a walk. That will be fun for the both of us!

    2 years ago
    1. Pilgrim

      I love watching how much the pups enjoy a walk at the beach!

      2 years ago
      1. sunnypatti48317

        It’s fun to share that energy with them. Our dog absolutely LOVES the beach and meeting new dogs on the walk. He likes to play in the ocean, but it was cold and windy yesterday morning, so I didn’t let him in the water. But we still had a nice walk and enjoyed the fresh air and Vitamins D and SEA!

        2 years ago
  17. Pilgrim

    A note for my friend Diane … I hope that you are feeling better than last week, and will continue to improve. How is your husband doing? Deep blessings, my friend.

    2 years ago
    1. Diane

      Good morning Pilgrim on this another Prayer Tuesday. I am steadily feeling better and getting stronger. And my husband has his MRI this week after which he will begin his radiation.
      I’ve been ruminating this morning about the gift that this site has been to me over the years. The gratitude lounge came into my life just when I needed it most. These days I always look forward to Tuesdays when I can meet you here. Grateful for these gifts.

      Deep blessings to you as well my dear friend ♥

      2 years ago
  18. Pilgrim

    I am not sure it will create joy, but I’m hoping to drop off some items at Goodwill for donations. Many of them are new. However, I am also quite under the weather and with a very barky voice, so will have to see what the day brings.

    2 years ago
    1. Diane

      I agree with Holly….although you may never know exactly how, I believe your items will bring joy in some form to someone who needed them. Feel better friend! 🙏

      2 years ago
      1. Pilgrim

        Dear Diane and Holly, Thank you for your encouragement. I did drop off the items and was glad for that. I wore my mask, not being sure what is going on with my health. I do agree that they will find homes within the larger community. In my huge downsize to my new abode almost a year ago, it has taken me this long to realize how much smaller the space is. In a good way, I think. May you both be well.

        2 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      I hope you feel better, Pilgrim, (and Diane, too!). And yes, as a long time thrifter, I can assure you, yes, your bundle of items will bring joy to others!

      2 years ago
      1. Diane

        Thanks Holly…hope you had a blessed day yesterday. And today!🙏

        2 years ago
      2. Pilgrim

        Thank you for the encouragement, Holly. Have a great day!

        2 years ago
  19. GR8FULL

    After a wonderful weekend with my girlfriend, today I shall send her flowers with a nice note telling her how much I enjoyed being with her and appreciate her as a partner, mom, person, & friend.

    2 years ago
  20. Joseph McCann

    I have always been an early riser. I have always prepared breakfast for our children when they were young and when they visit with their families. I still do for my wife. I am sure it creates some joy for them but it creates immense joy for me.

    2 years ago
  21. Laura

    Offer a smile, encouragement, or a compliment.

    2 years ago
  22. Butterfly

    I just have. The manager of my care company just texted to ask if I could manage without a call on Saturday evening so as many staff as possible could attend an award ceremony. By having an easy microwave meal and making sure I fill a bottle with drinking water every time I go to the bathroom I should be ok. There will be an awful lot of washing up for whoever comes in on Sunday but they will get to the awards! 😄

    2 years ago
    1. Barb C

      What a generous thing to do when that means going without care for yourself. I wish we had systems so that wasn’t a tradeoff.

      2 years ago
  23. EJP

    With a good, hearty hug!

    2 years ago
  24. Kevin

    By simply being myself, showing up, and paying attention.

    2 years ago
  25. Antoinette

    Guess I’ll take the first example that comes to mind . I made two sandwiches for my 18 year old who gets up at the last minute for school. I know that when I was younger no one or often no one was around to ever make food. I appreciate it so much when I get to make food or do anything to help others so they feel safe and cared for .
    I also have a friend or a few friends struggling with depression. I have checked up on both of them and tried to offer my assistance or just ear to listen. I pray for them and all people who struggle with mental illnesses. Or any illness for that matter. I hope I can offer a smile and a warm heart.

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      I have often said that the three most important words in the English language are “I hear you.” Author Karen Armstrong point out that in several languages, if you trace the etymology of the word “obey” you will find that it means “to listen.” Be still and know comes to mind.

      2 years ago
    2. Holly in Ohio

      “Just ear to listen,” is what struck me, as when we need to be heard and cared for, this is one of the greatest gifts to receive!

      2 years ago
    3. Kevin

      The deepest gift one can give…food, Antoinette!

      2 years ago
  26. Michele

    smile 🙂

    2 years ago
  27. Christine

    Today is the first Tuesday of the month, and then I can play the piano and sing for people with Alzheimer’s. It makes me very happy because I get so many beautiful things from these people in return.

    2 years ago
    1. Carol

      Christine, Music is indeed the universal language and apparently the part of the brain it stimulates is not dysfunctional in Alzheimer’s patients. Your message brings me joy today and fills me with memories of the over 5 years I traveled to rest homes, mental hospitals and assisted living facilities to sing to the residents there. I’ll never forget the night a young woman in a mental facility came up to me with a tear streaked face and said, “My counselor keeps telling me that I need to cry but I couldn’t cry until I heard you sing.” Just being reminded of it brings tears of joy to my eyes. Blessings to you and to those you will help today.

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        This is a beautiful story, Carol. I also feel emotions by your telling.(Is telling a word?🧐). The thank you’s can be overwhelming sometimes. 🌷🤗

        2 years ago
        1. Carol

          Christine, The thank yous from those you sing for can be overwhelming and also life-giving at the same time. I love the word, Paradox. I’ve always heard that a paradox is a sign of a deeper truth.

          2 years ago
          1. Christine

            💞

            2 years ago
    2. Pilgrim

      Bless you for this offering, a wondrous gift for those living with Alzheimer’s!

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        That is sweet, Pilgrim. Thank you. And yes, I do feel blessed🙏🤗

        2 years ago
  28. Dusty Su

    Simple things such as happy greetings and compliments.

    2 years ago

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