And my Word of the Year is ‘Gratitude’ #WOTY

“When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity.” -Elie Wiesel

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I feel for the past so many years I have been really ungrateful for all the things I have got and get in life. I have been a cribber and I can crib for almost about anything and everything despite everything being at its best. I have never realised how fortunate I have been to get all these things and achievements. Thus for the word of the year I select GRATITUDE. I am going to find happiness in the small things and pleasures of life, appreciate what I have and above all acknowledge the importance of gratitude.

What is Gratitude?

According to the literal meaning form the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is “the state of being grateful”. While the Harvard  Medical School defines gratitude as,

A thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives … As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals – whether to other people, nature, or a higher power”.

Gratitude definitely makes people realise that they should be happy for what they have rather than always looking for new things in life to be happy. It allows people to sit back and analyse and be satisfied with what they have rather than the things they don’t. In the beginning, it does seem to be unrealistic but with practice, the feeling of gratitude becomes stronger with each passing day.

How I plan to Practice Gratitude:

I Shall Count my Blessings: Every one day of the week I shall count my blessings. I shall write about what brought me joy, happiness and did not make me look out for new things. I shall collect these notes in a jar so that at the end of the year I can again go through them reflecting the entire year to me.

I Shall Send Thankyou Notes: I will try to nurture my relationships by acknowledging them. I will try to send thank you notes to the people I treasure and to those who make a difference in my life positively. Maybe once in a blue moon, I shall address one to myself as well.

Pray: For some years I have not had a very good relationship with God. I intend to bridge the gap which has widened in these years. I will thank God for all the good things in my life and practice mindfulness.

Teach my Daughter about Gratitude: I shall try to inculcate a sense of gratitude in my daughter. Instilling gratitude in her from now will make her more appreciative of the good things, relationships and friends. But while doing this I have to make sure to set a good example for her by sharing with her what I am grateful for.

While I take on the word of the year, I shall also journal about my gratitude incidents monthly. Hopefully, I will start respecting what I have and not seek things and incidents to make me happy. I am sure by the end of the year I shall be surprised by the benefits that gratitude will bring me. 🙂

Linking this post to #WOTY2019 by Corinne  at EverydayGyaan

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.


  1. January 4, 2019

    What a great choice, Shubhra. I love how you’ve made clear how you are going to make this a reality.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 4, 2019

      Thank you, Corinne. 🙂

  2. January 4, 2019

    Love this. I spent New Years eve and day asking people their words for the year. I heard some good one and gratitude I heard from my friend in Florida. He wanted to express his thankfulness more this year. I love the ideas to practice this. I chose Exploration and am facing uncertainty with different eyes through using this as my word. Thank you for your thoughts and practices. It is good to be reminded of the little things, for they truly make a happy life!!

  3. Shubhra Rastogi
    January 4, 2019

    Thanks, Lyn. It is definitely a good feeling to feel happy about the little things that truly make us happy!

  4. January 8, 2019

    With this wonderful choice of word I can see your abundance doubling . I too found that when I acknowledged my gratitude for things, I got MORE. It also works wonders for one’s mood . After all we have tonnes to grumble about … so if we concentrate on looking for good things, life becomes more pleasant….

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 8, 2019

      Thanks a lot for your encouraging words 🙂

  5. January 8, 2019

    Gratitude, that door of the universe which has abundance in store for the one who knocks on it. A very thoughtful choice of the word for #WOTY, Shubhra.
    The jar of happiness is something that I have been practicing since last few years. Am sure you will also find it as the best way to safe deposit the happiness over the 52 weeks and reap the interest in the form of gratitude!
    Wishing you a great year ahead to you and yours.
    Thanks for visiting me.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 9, 2019

      Thanks for the lovely words Anagha. Hope to see you often!

  6. January 15, 2019

    Gratitude is the beginning of the journey to abundance. Happy 2019

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 21, 2019

      Thanks Anouradha and wishing you the same

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