Gratitude For Those That Made A Difference

Over the past few days, I have written about the practice of writing things down – keeping a gratitude journal, a Happy Journal, to name a few. I just read an article in Time magazine,  The Life-Changing Practice That Will Help You Feel More Gratitude, by Yohanca Delgado that offers another wonderful practice – tracking those people that made a difference in your life.

Here’s how to do it: Write down the name of every single person who has believed in you, who has reached down to pull you up when no one else would, or who made time for you. Folks who say your name when opportunities come up, strangers who hold open the door a few extra seconds when you’re struggling with groceries and everything in between. Write down the actual gestures too, anything that moved you, that made your day even a little better.

What a great idea! Celebrate those that have helped you in the past, regardless of how small. This reminds me of the story told by Sister Helen Mrosla and the impact made on a class of students.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think.


  1. Elisa on January 23, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    There are so many people that I can think of who have given me the boost, the phone call, or the hug that I needed. What a wonderful idea!

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 7:25 pm

      And think how nice it will be as you recall all those people. 🙂

  2. Victoria Juster on January 23, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I read your link and of course I have tears running down my cheeks. About 15 years ago when my nieces and nephews were still in the single digits, I made ‘love bags’. At a family get together we each wrote something special about everyone there and put it in their bag. 2 days ago we found my husbands and it was incredibly heartwarming to read all of the kind thoughts. Great post, Paul!

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 11:39 pm

      That is such a lovely story, Victoria. Thank you for sharing it with us as well. I am glad you like our post.

  3. Kebba Buckley Button on January 23, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Great idea and a powerful post. Thanks, Paul!

    • Paul on January 23, 2022 at 9:48 pm

      You got it, Kebba!

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