50 Happy Things 2018: Bloggers Unite to Flood the Internet With Gratitude


Last year I opted out on New Year’s resolutions and decided to go with intention. It wasn’t an ideal year, and this year I decided to wait until after the New Year and focus on gratitude; it’s always timely.

For the fourth year in a row, this is an opportunity to hit pause and focus on all the good things that each of us has in our lives. The holiday season has a way of rushing in, every year, and making it hard to remember that throughout the year, there are blessings. There are so many things that bring joy, so many happy things; yet it’s easy to find to lose sight of this fact, as we manage busy lives.

In 2014 I followed in the footsteps of Jen over at Jenny’s Lark, and wrote a list of 50 things (in 10 minutes) that I was grateful for in 2014. The list actually became 60 things, because I still had time, and a lot to be grateful for. The exercise was originally a spin off a Daily Prompt challenge. Those Daily Prompts are something to be happy/grateful about, if you haven’t checked them out yet, do it now! Jen and I had so much fun with it in 2014, that we added links to each other’s blogs, and other bloggers followed suit.

In 2015, happy-gratitude exploded as I invited a few bloggers and suggested we all come together and share gratitude. Bloggers begat more bloggers, and it grew… and grew… and grew! And once again, Jen had another great idea: focus on happy and be grateful. It’s about choosing happy, choosing positive, over the negative things that we could focus on. Gratitude or Happiness–– Chicken or egg?

The 2015 project included 74 bloggers–– something I thought would be small and easy, turned into something huge. I met so many cool new bloggers, and my happiness and gratitude grew exponentially. In 2016 a lot of bloggers bowed-out. As the inauguration loomed; many said they just weren’t up for it. There were 30 bloggers who chimed in, and shared their happy thoughts and gratitude. Both years I read every post, to see what we have in common, and how we differ. Those places where we meet, and where we are unique, are a beautiful thing and a great way to start the year.

It was hard not to go back and edit my list, each time I found something wonderful on other lists… but it just gave me things to focus on for this year. If I express gratitude, I find myself feeling happy, and if I list happy things, I inevitably feel grateful–– either way, it’s win/win! I guarantee, you’ll find yourself smiling, feeling grateful and happy if you spend 15 minutes reflecting on positivity. Couldn’t we all use more happy and more grateful? Think of this as a blog party, to share happy, grateful thoughts. Find the full instructions below my list. 


Set a timer

This year, I’ve made a few small changes based on feedback. Ten minutes was not enough; I heard that over and over. This year set a timer for 15 minutes; but timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write things that make you happy, or things you feel grateful for. Don’t think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. If you use the numbered mode and just type what comes to mind, it’s easy. When the timer’s done stop writing; finish whatever sentence you’re on. If you haven’t written 50 things, don’t worry. If you have more than 50 things great; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! The number doesn’t worry. Add the photos, links, instructions, etc after you finish the list––the timer doesn’t matter for getting these details down; it applies to the list only. Be sure to link back to this post, so that others can find the instructions and join in too, we can promote each others’ blogs, and so I can read them all, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. This is a feel good project; if you don’t want to do it, don’t, but the more the merrier, so I hope you will.

A grateful, Happy New Year to you all!


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2017 Gratitude list (not in particular order):

  1. My two year-old grandson– Every. Single. Day!
  2. My husband and children
  3. Love, giving and receiving it
  4. Music, and dancing in my kitchen each day
  5. Hiking & walking- especially in the woods/mountains/shores of WA state
  6. Friends- thank you!
  7. Family
  8. Reconnecting with my brother & healing our relationship
  9. Participation in the March on Washington
  10. Strong women and folks willing to protest
  11. #MeToo knowing we are not alone & strong voices calling for justice
  12. Miraval trip
  13. The Desert
  14. Jumping off a 35’ pole with my husband
  15. My work with high school seniors, on their college essays
  16. My dogs. Every day.
  17. Solo, long-distance hikes
  18. The first snow each winter
  19. Blogging friends
  20. Friday Fictioneers
  21. Great books, that sweep me away, and inspire me to write
  22. Facebook, for the connections and the ability to share
  23. #ThinkBigSundaysWithMarsha the most positive place on Twitter
  24. PP&M and meeting Peter Yarrow on a flight from Denver to NYC
  25. Great movies
  26. My 100 year-old Christmas cactus; it blooms 3x a year!
  27. The Pacific NW
  28. Israel
  29. My pillow, especially when it’s cool
  30. Feeling strong and fit
  31. My aunts
  32. My father
  33. Summer vacation with my grandson, daughter and son-in-law
  34. My son-in-law, Alex, who we all love so much
  35. Emmy, who I love, and who my son loves more
  36. Legalized marijuana
  37. Seeing Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson on Broadway, NYC
  38. My nieces and nephews
  39. Spending time with my sister
  40. The Redwoods
  41. Sushi, anytime, but especially each Friday with my bestie
  42. Good health, especially after my meningitis scare
  43. Travel
  44. The Internet
  45. Clean, fresh water
  46. Rain
  47. Hummingbirds each day at my window, year round
  48. Writing
  49. Kindness
  50. Seaglass, and Port Townsend, where I find so many treasures
  51. Yellow Posted™ notes & lined yellow note pads
  52. The ocean
  53. Puzzles
  54. Art
  55. Christmas ornaments & my menorah

(all those links will take you to more fun story-telling)

How to join in: write your own post and publish it. Copy the link from the post. Then click on the frog below, and follow the instructions to add your link. If you have any trouble, please let me know, and I’d be happy to help. I will also add a link to each post on my own blog post, as they are published. For extra fun, please add the hashtags #BloggersUnite and/or #50HappyThings… because, well, everyone loves a hashtag! The link-up expires January 15th at 11:59pm.

Bloggers who have contributed so far: Jackie, Dawn Miller, Rochelle, Mrs. Dash, Dale, Kasturi, Louise, Jen, teen soul, Heather, Sakeena, Diana, April, Carol, RaCorina,

Now it’s your turn. Add your Gratitude Blog Post Here:

Please share your thoughts in the comments. I’m grateful for the feedback.

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About Dawn Quyle Landau

Mother, Writer, treasure hunter, aging red head, and sushi lover. This is my view on life, "Straight up, with a twist––" because life is too short to be subtle! Featured blogger for Huffington Post, and followed on Twitter by LeBron James– for reasons beyond my comprehension.
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45 Responses to 50 Happy Things 2018: Bloggers Unite to Flood the Internet With Gratitude

  1. Jackie Weber says:

    I am so happy you continued the tradition, I actually e-mailed you a few weeks back asking about this. I’m not sure if I have the correct e-mail and I assume with everything going on if I did it was hard to confirm. I look forward to this every single year. I’m so glad you’re on the road to recovery and making positive changes along the way.

    Thank you for always being a continued inspiration. Your honesty is something the world really needs.

    Happy New Year!

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    • Jackie, so sorry, I never got that email. I just searched. Sorry to have missed you! I wanted to reach out and ask you to join this year, and couldn’t find your email either. Glad you saw this, now it’s your turn! 🙂 Happy New Year and thank you so much for all of your kind and supportive accolades; they inspire me and cheer me every time! xox

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  2. Dear Dawn,

    I wondered, with all the tsuris you’ve suffered recently if you’d continue this tradition. I’m happy to see that you did. I’ll be posting my list soon. You inspire me. ❤ 😀



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    • So happy that you’ll join in, Rochelle! I wanted to do it earlier, but yes… things got in the way! Then I realized that perhaps after the holidays was better timing anyway. Here we are. I’m touched by your words; thanks for all your hard work on FF… it made my list. 🙂 Happy New Year, and Shalom.

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  5. Dale says:

    Fabulous list, Dawn!
    Nothing better than focussing on positive and happy.
    I’m off to do mine, now.

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  6. Marybeth Taranow says:


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  7. prior.. says:

    love your list and so glad you went over 50 to get the ocean in there – woo
    and also curious as to why the “yellow” post it notes?

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    • Welcome to Tales From the Motherland, Prior; I’m grateful you stopped by. 😉 Glad you enjoyed the list, and love that you have a question. I love yellow post its! I use them all the time… leave love notes for my kids, whenever they are coming or going (welcome home, I love you, OR Safe travels, I love you! I use them for reminders; they fit perfectly in the lower left/right corner of my Mac; I use them in the car to remind myself to pick something up, etc… so yeah, they are the bomb! As for the ocean… well, the ocean is everything. Please think about doing your own and joining in; I’d love to see your list! Happy New Year and thanks for coming by!

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      • prior.. says:

        Hi – thanks for the nice reply (and welcome) but I was also curiious as to why you wrote “yellow” – like wondered if that was a fav (and I just used post-its that had floral border and tiny little quote – so you know was wondering if the yellow meant something).

        and side note – i did do the challenge – and got to 76 in my 15 minutes – will try and share later –
        hope you have a nice week


        • I find the yellow ones easier to read. They’re pale, and simple. It’s a personal thing, so no doubt others find various colors and decorations better. And how on earth did you get to 76?! Wow! I can’t wait to read that list! 😉


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  11. Fabulous – delighted to join in with this again. Thanks Dawn x

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  12. Happy New Year, Dawn! Great list and a very positive vibe to go into 2018. I truly hope this year is a much better year for you! –Audra

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  13. Psychobabble says:

    Excellent! I remembered this post on New Years Eve, thinking that I had missed it somehow…better late than never! And the same goes for me….I may do this post sometime later. Life has just seemed to swallow me up lately and I can’t seem to catch my breath. Right now the whole family is dealing with strep throat and trying to get better. Sigh.
    Happy New Year!

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    • Oh no! I’m sorry, Melissa; that’s so hard when you have little ones! I’d love to have you join, but of course, take care of you and your family! Wishing you a happy new year, and healthier, gentler days ahead…. for both of us. 🙂

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  14. Okay, how is your precious grandson already two years old?

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  15. Amazing list and really love that you added kindness, love, giving and receiving it. I have completed my list and will soon publish them too 🙂

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  17. ieatchoclt says:

    Fantastic fabulous awesome Love the slide show!!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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  18. Reblogged this on TALES FROM THE MOTHERLAND and commented:

    STOP THE PRESSES! Just when you thought it was too late to join the 4th annual #BloggersUnite for #50HappyThings challenge, I’ve gone and changed the deadline. Yes, you read that correctly; there’s more time to be happy and grateful! In fact, until the end of January.

    You’re wondering why? I had a deadline (chosen a bit arbitrarily) and all, so why up and change the game now, when it’s come and gone? Well, it’s easy: 1) There have been some wonderful new blog posts added, just in the past couple of days. That makes me think that other bloggers will see those ones and be dying to join in. Who am I to keep more gratitude from flowing?
    2) It’s a happy thing to share gratitude. Positivity begets more positivity, and who am I to keep us all from enjoying more positivity, when heaven knows we need it!

    So, I’ve extended the deadline until the end of January. You’ve got another chance to join this happy party; so do it! Trust me, once you start typing out your list, you won’t believe how wonderful you feel. If you read a couple of the posts already added, pretty much every blogger says that: they’re so glad they did it. And you will be happy too. So, don’t wait; don’t put it off any longer, because this deadline will be the final deadline. I’m not going to extend the deadline again, despite all #1 and #2 just provided. Now, go forth and set timers!


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  21. I love the sound of your cactus. And I’m the opposite and love a warm pillow! Great to read your list Dawn. Look forward to doing it again.

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