one second gratitude practice

I am always on the lookout for other daily gratitude blogs and blog posts.   Earlier today I found one that taught me a completely new gratitude practice: Recording one second of your day for 365 days.      You can read the actual post at

I enjoyed the post thoroughly and was intrigued by the idea of one second videos.  I watched the Ted video on the topic then sent a note to Tim Sae Koo to ask permission to reference his post on our gratitude blog as I think this great idea needs to be shared in as many ways as possible and his “10 things I learned” post was quite well written.



If I was going to do a one second gratitude video today, it would be on the half cup of hot coffee that I spilled as I was preparing to log into my desktop computer to write today’s post.  Why am I writing about that in our gratitude blog? Because my “Find the Silver Lining/ Gratitude Practice” kicked in immediately and I didn’t get upset at all.


What was good about spilling hot coffee?
  • As I wrote about in I love to laugh, I enjoy anything that makes me laugh. This did because right before turning the computer on, I had been watching some weight loss videos on my Chromebook while waiting to find out if I would receive permission from Tim Sae Koo to refer to his post.   (Thank you for the permission.)  The first thought that went through my mind when the coffee spilled and I rushed to clean up before it spread further was “well, this is one way to burn calories.” The irony of the situation made me chuckle and instantly put me in a positive frame of mine.


  • The second thought involved the fact that some of the things that got soaked with coffee were things I had planned to wash this week anyway so this was the (rather emphatic) nudge that I needed to do so immediately.


  • Then, of course, both cats were attracted by my flurry of activity and instantly went into their Snoopervisor cats mode. They were particularly attentive this time as the coffee spilled on three of their favorite toys and they followed me as I rushed to clean them up wondering why I was doing something with their toys other than playing with them.  I always get a kick out of watching them in Snoopervisor mode.


There are other positive thoughts that went through my head (such as “thank goodness I had just been using the Chromebook as if it had been in its usual place, it would have gotten soaked with coffee”), but I think this is enough to show why I included spilling my coffee in today’s gratitude blog.


Experience is the best teacher

I can read about lots of scientific studies on the benefits of gratitude but it is things like this happening in my own life that actually show me why my “Silver Lining/Gratitude Practice” is so important.


How about you?

I would love to know about a time when your gratitude practice kicked in and allowed you to focus on the positives of the situation instead of getting upset.






The Simple Things – Hot Water

There are so many simple things to be grateful for.  Today, I wish to say that I am grateful for Hot Water.  No, that’s not a band, not a trendy new TV series.  That’s the stuff that comes out of the faucet when you want to wash your hands, wash your dishes, wash your clothes, or take a long luxurious hot shower letting the heat soak into your bones after a day out in cold nasty rainy weather.

Many take hot water for granted, but simple hot water, and the improvements in sanitation and hygiene it brings with it, are responsible for avoiding millions of sicknesses and deaths each year.  The easy availability of it is something that helps to separate a first world nation from a third world nation, and one of the things that as it becomes easily available, lifts those third world nations to first world status.

Now, normally, Doreen adds in a picture, often of our cats.  I thought about adding a picture of our water heater, but I suspect she would consider that not so nice.  So, instead, I’ll add this TED talk by one of their better presenters, Hans Rosling.  And after you’ve absorbed the good news and hope he presents in this video, check out his others at TED for even more good news and things to be grateful for!