Happy Things for 2015: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude


Christmas scene – Greenville, South Carolina

50 Things that Make me feel Happy and/or Grateful:

my 2 daughters
my 2 grandsons
my wife and her family
spicy food
fresh fruit
kite flying
my health
travel experiences
being appreciated for my volunteer activities
exercise options
being able to drive – sightseeing
memories of past friendships
a few good friends
being loved
the internet
the ability to write
clean air
clean water
blog friends
sufficient resources to live comfortably
to be of service to others
to teach those willing to learn
to learn from those willing to teach
basic handyman skills
good vision
comedians who share their humor
good writing
science and new discoveries
gummy bears
the ability to still be amazed
action and adventure movies
a good book
being able to communicate in another language (Spanish)
homemade cookies
a good cup of coffee in the morning
home-cooked meals
dogs — I like dogs
unexpected phone calls from friends

If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.
To join the bloggers who have come together for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the bottom of Dawn’s Post. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can paste the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List.


23 comments on “Happy Things for 2015: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude

  1. SO glad you joined this, Mike! I love your list… artichokes; I forgot that one! 😉

  2. erinleary says:

    Great list. Read almost like poetry.

  3. Douglas E says:

    Thanks for putting this out there in the blogosphere – we all too often get wound up with things that just aren’t right when we truly have much to be thankful for.


    • Mike Lince says:

      You’re right, Douglas, and thank you for the kind words. Credit for this post goes to my blog friend, Dawn Landau, for proposing this topic and the bloggers who participated. It got me to thinking all I have to be grateful for. – Mike

  4. reocochran says:

    I enjoyed your fifty things to be grateful for and thought you did an outstanding job within the time constraints, Mike.

    • Mike Lince says:

      Thank you, Robin.
      Feliz Nuevo Año a ti y tu familia.

      • reocochran says:

        Muchas gracias y tambien. 🙂

      • reocochran says:

        I was going to say gummy bears are one of my grandies favorite treats. Skyler has “turned me on to” Neon sweet and tangy gummy worms. My favorites are in the 2 for $3 sometimes less area of Walgreens candy bags by Nice company. Let me know if you try them! 🙂

      • Mike Lince says:

        During our group tour of Croatia, I always had a stash of gummy bears, so I became the ‘Gummy Bear Guy.’

        I am also a big fan of neon sour gummy worms.

      • reocochran says:

        Thank you for a whole year of amazing visits with generous and kind wishes, Mike.
        Here’s to another year full of friendship, family and joy!

      • reocochran says:

        Why didn’t I come back to find out you like neon sour worms? Just stopping by to backtrack and see your North Carolina post again. Happy April and thanks for stopping by so often in Ohio. Hugs, Gummy Bear Guy! 😉

  5. […] ride so far, and especially grateful to: Jen, Jen, Pam, Susan, Cathy, Louise, Rara, Darla, Emily, Mike, Rochelle, Björn, Loré, Lisa, Darla, Erin, Samara, Amy, James, Lisa–– who all jumped right […]

  6. reocochran says:

    Hope all is well with you and Florence! Playing Sunday morning catch up!
    Happy almost December! I remember the Advent calendar windows with little pictures of horn, drummer boy or doll. Hugs, Robin

  7. I’ve been coming across these today and every time they make me smile. Great list. 🙂

  8. reocochran says:

    Hi and Happy Holidays! Sending you a family of grandkids plus a friend photo (I think) I’m going to try. . . Hugs, Robin

  9. reocochran says:

    It is hard to believe it has been three years since you stopped writing, Mike. Hope you and Florence are having a great beginning to the year! ✨ 🎆 🌞

    • Mike Lince says:

      I always thought of myself as a travel writer. I loved traveling, and sharing those experiences. Florence and I are saving up for traveling again, and that’s when I hope to recapture the urge to write once again.

      We have traveled around South Carolina over the past couple of years, and I have shared some of those experiences on Facebook. I probably should have posted blog stories, too. Perhaps I will following this year’s excursions. Thank you for your kind thoughts, Robin. – Mike

  10. reocochran says:

    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Florence and Mike! 🌸 💕

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