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Twelve Gratitude Questions for 2020

November 20, 2020

I know the last thing many people want to think about in 2020 is gratitude, but because it’s been such a difficult year, it’s the best time to focus on the good stuff. If you don’t already have a gratitude practice, read this to get started.

Gratitude is one of my favorite self-care strategies, and I love teaching it to my students. This week, as I was teaching a specific lesson on gratitude journals and questions, I started really focusing on specific questions for this year. Instead of just listing some things we are grateful for, I wanted to take a deeper dive and ask questions that we take for granted at times.

Here are 12 questions that will deepen your gratitude practice, and maybe even open up your eyes to some of the beauty of 2020, despite how ugly it is overall.

The questions

  1. What is a TV show or activity that you are grateful for this year?
  2. What do you think you have enough of?
  3. What sounds make you grateful when you hear them?
  4. When are you grateful for quiet? Why?
  5. What season are you grateful for? Why?
  6. What help have you received from someone this year that you are grateful for?
  7. What is one thing you are grateful to have learned this year?
  8. What is one skill you are grateful for that you can do well?
  9. What is one thing that you are grateful to have the chance to improve on?
  10. What are you grateful to be able to share with others?
  11. What is a challenge that you are grateful for this year?
  12. What is something beautiful that has come out of 2020 for you?

My answers

Some of these questions are hard, but if my students can share, I can too.

  1. What is a TV show or activity that you are grateful for this year? Schitt’s Creek. That final season was absolute perfection, and that show brought so many little joys to my life.
  2. What do you think you have enough of? Love. I am fortunate to have a loving family, friends, boyfriend, coworkers, students, and people in my life that encourage and support me.
  3. What sounds make you grateful when you hear them? Specific songs, MeMe’s voice, my niece’s laugh, compliments, and “I love you”
  4. When are you grateful for quiet? Why? Right after work. When I get home, I enjoy silence for a few minutes before I do anything else just to reflect and reset.
  5. What season are you grateful for? Why? Winter. It’s a season of hibernation, rest, and preparation for renewal. That’s where I feel like I have been and I feel renewed. Plus, I love cold weather and love love love snow.
  6. What help have you received from someone this year that you are grateful for? Colton being there during the last couple of weeks of Chuck’s life. Knowing the end was coming, changing bandages, and those last few moments are something I am forever grateful I didn’t have to go through alone.
  7. What is one thing you are grateful to have learned this year? Not “learned”per se, but developed an interest in watercolor painting. I bought the tools for it and started to learn more.
  8. What is one skill you are grateful for that you can do well? Babysitting. I have really expanded my network and formed bonds with several families, and I love getting to be a part of their lives.
  9. What is one thing that you are grateful to have the chance to improve on? Blogging and social media. It’s a continuous learning cycle and I am grateful I get to keep learning.
  10. What are you grateful to be able to share with others? Encouragement. It’s my favorite part of my job.
  11. What is a challenge that you are grateful for this year? Ending a toxic relationship. It was hidden behind the veil of “kindness,” but it was not a healthy relationship for me. The pain, anger, and betrayal were worth it to get me exactly where I needed to be.
  12. What is something beautiful that has come out of 2020 for you? J. As cheesy as it sounds, I am so grateful for my messy beginning of 2020 to bring me to where I am today. This relationship is truly beautiful, and I am so grateful.

Share with me! Comment below with an answer to one of the questions or post on Instagram and tag me. I would love to see it!

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