Category: Gratitude

A gratitude journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions, as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

Wonderful weather

Grateful for this morning’s wonderful and ideal running weather: cool, a little drizzle, no ice and, most importantly, no wind.

Friendships rediscovered

It has been a surprise and a joy to reconnect with long lost friends – twice – in the last few days.

Breaking bread

The wreckage of the table after the last guest has left. Reinforcing friendships and sharing views is so much more important than simply breaking bread together.

Wicked World Syndrome

The ‘wicked world syndrome’ is where we see so much suffering and evil around us that we begin to believe, wrongly, that happiness is not possible.

Back to Gepettos

Very grateful to have Gepettos open again, and to see it full on a Friday evening.

The Old Yard Nunnington

Great food and coffee at the Old Yard in Nunnington – just need to get their dish washer sorted.

Millie McCallum

Its the faces in Millie McCallum’s animal paintings that I really love…

A Secret Wish

Grateful to have rediscovered the excellent German group Propaganda from the ’80s. Still timeless, great music.

New year sunset

This evening’s beautiful sunset, and it promise of sunshine to come.

Longer days

Today is the Winter Solstice, and a time to be grateful as the nights now grow shorter and the days get longer.

The middle of the road

I am grateful for the lesson I learnt during my run this morning, which was in essence all about being counter-intuitive.

Cats at home

Have you ever noticed how easily cats make themselves at home, finding the sun and the warmth, just lounging around and suffering (or eating)?

Hello, wall!

Don’t you get so irritated with walls and crash barriers that leap out at you in the dark to damage your car? With gratitude to those who resolve these incidents with generosity and compassion.

Victorian clock maker

In early 2019, Clang and I watched the BBC’s The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts. I am very grateful to the BBC for producing this excellent programme, which caused quite an upheaval in our lives and precipitated unexpected consequences.

Fab flowers, special occasion

C and I are both very grateful to friends in our village who asked Lush & Lang to provide the flower arrangements for their son’s wedding.


A short trip to Edinburgh threw up much to be grateful for. Our train was on time! Yeah. Our hotel was excellent! It only rained a little bit. We found lots of old friends.