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Thoughtful Thursday is here again and what better subject to talk about today than the overwhelming deluge of gratitude that has flooded my Facebook wall these last 5 days? And it was all thanks to the Positive Challenge.

What’s that, you ask?

Well, it’s pretty simple. Last Friday, my very good friend, Vidya Sury, tagged me on Facebook to list three things that I was grateful for on that particular day. She mentioned that it was a 5-day challenge and that I would need to list three things on each day. The very next day, I was tagged by Aditi Kausiva too!

I never realised the sheer power of that simple task! It was with all gusto that I started out with the challenge and it is amazing how much goodness I could see, if I chose to do so. Even in the midst of a seeming catastrophe, the fact that there is a good side to everything, kept firing me up to maintain the challenge!

What made it even more fun was the idea of tagging three people at the end of each day’s update, to carry the torch of Gratitude forward. Fabulous idea! It brought so many good things tumbling out of friends’ minds. It flooded my wall with posts of happiness. It filled my soul with the warmth of reading each person’s list and counting my blessings that they have all touched my life in one way or another!

Here, in quick recap ( and one single place) are my 5 updates with 15 things that I was grateful for.

Day 1

1/ My job, which makes me feel wonderful and the fact that in some small way, I am able to contribute to the education of children.
2/ The weather, which always reminds me why I love living in this city!
3/ My close online friends, whom I chat with almost every day, on pretty much any subject on earth. You know who you are 

Day 2


1/ My extended family whom I met today,with whom time spent is never time wasted. So much love, warmth and happiness that my heart overflows with gratitude when I think of them.

2/ My mother-in-law, who is quite possibly one of the happiest souls on earth! Everyday, I thank God for adding her to my life. A cooler, smarter, more wonderful in-law you won’t find, I guarantee it!

3/ The Indian saree  Yes, it always was and will be my favourite attire. The comfort and grace it provides, I find in nothing else.

Day 3

1/ Walking in my apartment complex this evening as I watched my daughter play dodgeball with kids, getting down and sandy in the community park. As I grow (and so does she), I have learnt to let go of the little niggling issues like sand in one’s shoe, muddy feet and dirtied clothes. Instead, I now look at the flushed cheeks, the sweat that comes from an hour of carefree playing and the smiles that emerge after rolling around in the sand. 

2/ My day off from work. After a hectic weekend, which was also loads of fun, I could really use the break and catch up on some blogging and reading after nearly 10 days! 

3/ A note from my daughter’s school that covered a series of points on safety concerns, which also included reference to a session which will be conducted on CSA by a reputed organisation.

Day 4

1) My variety of support groups on Facebook/ Whatsapp: The blogger group, the parenting group, the fitness group, my alumni group, my spiritual group. My life is a medley of all of the above and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

2/ My dose of happiness thanks to The Big Bang Theory. Such laugh-out loud humour is my ideal way to start the day 

3/ My daughter’s face this afternoon when she came home from school and proudly told me how she had brought home all her homework books and an extra book as well, thanks to a Post-It note I had stuck on her diary. 


Day 5

1) Despite the fact that my phone blanked out and refused to turn on this morning  I was grateful for the fact that there was a spare phone lying around which I could quickly use.

2) My daughter. Every day, I find new reasons to love her more. Today, after an unreasonably long lunch, which caused me to get irritated, she still came and hugged me before leaving for her tennis class. Children are the best instances of the term ‘Unconditional love’. How much we can learn from them 

3) This entire exercise of looking for the 3 positive things each day. Without it, I would have lost my cool this morning when the phone conked out, I would have yelled my head off at my daughter and I would have had a headache. Instead, I sit here, typing out my gratitude. This is the kind of thing I should do everyday.


BONUS! Day 6


Technically, the challenge was done, but since Rekha tagged me for Day 6, here are my three reasons to be thankful. 

1. Having a tech guru at home who effortlessly fixes my ‘broken’ phone in under ten seconds is a sheer blessing! Thank you, Vishwanath 

2. Having a daughter who insists on my waving to her continuously until the bus leaves my sight is so endearing!

3.  This red flower growing in my apartment always makes me smile!

Guess what! I aim to keep this going. Inspired by Vidya Sury and her Happiness Jar, I just made my own Happiness Tin! It’s an old chocolate tin and you KNOW that chocolate can make us happy! Oh yes! It sits happily perched on my daughter’s table. When I feel that gratitude coming my way, off it goes into the tin, preserved there for me to read on a day when the clouds seem darker and the sun doesn’t want to come out and smile at me.

So, the smiley is a bit crooked and my handwriting is a bit crooked (okay, very crooked), but that’s what life is about, right? We look for the happiness in Life, even if it is flawed or bent out of shape.

Will you do this with me too? Will you start sharing your moments of joy and watch the chain of goodness spread all over your circles? Just imagine, a world connected virtually by love and gratitude for the little things. That is a Paradise we can surely aspire to on Earth 🙂

Did you write a Gratitude Post today? Then, you’re in luck. Head over to Laurel’s page and link it to the Gratitude Linky which is open for the next 10 days 🙂 Share the love, spread the word!

Welcome to my weekly feature: Thoughtful Thursdays


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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Aditi · July 24, 2014 at 7:35 am

Such a lovely joyous post! Gratitude is what should make the world go round! I do maintain a gratitude journal but what I loved about this positive challenge was the tagging part! Share and grow happy n healthy together! 🙂 Absolutely loved the idea of happiness tin!

Vidya Sury · July 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

What fun it is, no? I am so glad I made a difference for you!
You know why my happiness jar is transparent? 🙂 Because just seeing it fill up brings a sense of happiness without even looking at what's in the slips of paper – although that in itself is another wonderful experience. We enjoy loads of laughter in our house when we sit with the pile and pick out random chits and read them.

This will be a great exercise for your daughter, too, in terms of a positive attitude development.

God bless you, Shailaja. 🙂 ♥

Swathi Shenoy · July 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

Ah that was such a feel good post 🙂 It's day 4 today for my gratitude list but I guess like you said, I will keep going even after I finish 5 days! That is a fabulous idea indeed! Also I have taken up #100happydays challenge 🙂 So that should help too 🙂

Vidya · July 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

You know what, I wanted to go to your post and look at all the 5 days of post 🙂 You have already done that for me 🙂 Thank you so much akk 🙂 Its a such a nice feeling to read your post sitting in train, on my way to work 🙂

Sanch LivingLife · July 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

Love Big Bang theory! Makes me laugh all the time too. 🙂 I enjoyed following your gratitude challenge…and thanks for tagging me in it. You might enjoy the 100 happy days challenge — it involved taking a photo for 100 days about moments of happiness/gratitude…

Suzy · July 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

Nice list Shailaja. I'm on day 3. Seeing gratitude in all we do is a blessing.

Rekha Dhyani · July 24, 2014 at 9:02 am

Awww….that was a lovely lovely post. Indeed there is so much in life to be happy about if we stop searching for happiness. It is there. Right here. Just a change in perception is all that is required. And I agree about growing up with kids. Even I have started being less fussy about messy floors, cluttered tables and dirty clothes. After all they are all there because we have kids. Thank you so much for the tag Shailaja! I love that saree waala pic of yours. Beautiful! Even the one with the little angel. And hey our love for the India attire, saree, is a common love. Only difference, I hardly get to wear it for lack of time. But sometime soon, I will do justice to my love for sarees. 🙂

vishalbheeroo · July 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

Guess everyone is doing the gratitude list which is good for the soul. As they say, count your blessings:)

taleoftwotomatoes · July 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

Such a happy post! Loved the happiness jar 🙂 🙂

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Thank you so much, Aditi! For reading, for sharing, for tagging and for commenting 🙂 Yes, the shared happiness always multiplies. Such a lovely paradox!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I thought of keeping it transparent, but this was the first thing that I found and the fact that it had those chocolates on the cover made it appealing to me. Guess what! Gy saw it after coming home from school and promptly proceeded to add two notes to it immediately. I love how infectious this thing called happiness can be 🙂

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Ah that is another lovely challenge, Swathi, the 100 happy days one! I especially like the myriad pictures that come up with that challenge 🙂 I have that on my to-do list!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Vidya, it is a pleasure to hear that from you each time you say it 🙂 Somehow my heart never tires of that compliment. Very glad you joined this challenge too!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I see we have similar tastes 🙂 How can anyone not like the Big Bang Theory 🙂 I remember the 100 days challenge. The only problem is that I cannot click very good photos. I need to get some tips from the likes of you 🙂

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:10 pm

It definitely makes a difference, Suzy! I see the day itself differently now , thanks to the gratitude challenge!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Wholeheartedly agree. We need to stop looking for happiness and realise that it exists within us at all times. Having kids can change your whole personality, right? Thank you for tagging me, Rekha! It is a pleasure to be connected to like-minded souls and bloggers like you. Thanks for the compliment on the saree picture 🙂

Vaishnavi Prasad · July 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

A post frm d heart! And yes, daughters are a blessing for all moms. Nice thoughts shailaja!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Indeed Vishal. It is very uplifting and so wonderful to complete this exercise!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Awww, thanks Shalini. So glad you liked the post!

Shailaja V · July 24, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Indeed, Vaishnavi! Kids are really blessings, especially when you are down and out for the day. Thank you for stopping by and reading the post. Much appreciated!

Red Handed · July 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

I too should do this challenge. Aww you are truly blessed!! Stay the same. 🙂
Your daughter is an angel!

pixie · July 26, 2014 at 4:42 am

I enjoyed going though your list again!! 🙂
made me smile

Rajlakshmi · July 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

aww what a feel good post with lots of smiles 😀 Loved the concept of Tin Jar 🙂

tulika singh · July 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

A lovely warm post Shailaja and I love the idea. Off to find a box now.

Laurel Regan · July 28, 2014 at 11:30 pm

What a fabulous post – loved the multiple gratitude lists, and the idea of happiness in a tin! Thank you so much for sharing, and for joining in on the Gratitude Linkup. 🙂

totschooltotallyawesome · August 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm

What an amazing ideA~!!! I was tagged too, but totally forgot to do this 🙂

Shailaja V · August 6, 2014 at 4:45 am

You really should, Red 🙂 It works wonders. Thanks for reading 🙂

Shailaja V · August 6, 2014 at 4:48 am

It does fill up our hearts when we read it again. Thanks Pixie!

Nabanita · September 22, 2014 at 5:15 am

Don't you wonder sometimes how easy it is to be happy? Just need to put in some work , a little work and effort and we can be happy despite all the odds…

Wonderful list Shailaja 🙂

Shailaja V · April 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

Does look nice, right? 😀

Shailaja V · April 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

Hope you've found one by now, Tulika 🙂

Shailaja V · April 8, 2015 at 10:16 am

Always a pleasure to feature your linkup, Laurel 🙂

Shailaja V · April 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

You can do it any time. Do it right now, in fact 🙂

Shailaja V · April 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

Very true, Naba 🙂 Just a little effort is all it takes 🙂

Shilpa Gupte · November 4, 2015 at 6:16 pm

I read this post some time ago, but thanks, for asking me to go through it again. Feeling better, and also a bit silly, for thinking all that negative stuff! 🙂 <3

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