The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. In action, gratitude is a thankful appreciation of whatever floats your boat, makes you feel good, puts a smile on your face, or simply augments your existence, be it tangible or intangible. Gratitude is also good for you according to researchers at Harvard, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and plenty of other places.
Friday Faves are a zippy accounting of what's helped carry me through the week, with a healthy dose of gratitude for each. Today, I give it up for:
- The New Yorker: My parents always had this beloved weekly around the house when I was growing up and now I have a parma-subscription for me and my family. Last week the magazine gave me nightmares with the ghoulishly brilliant reporting on stink bugs and this week (just like last week and every week before that going back to the beginning of time) I'm planning to win the cartoon caption contest. Hope springs eternal.
- Daylight Savings: I know, those first few days are rough, but...the longer days are lovely.
- Playing tennis with my kids: The afore-mentioned longer days have allowed us to get out on the court a couple of times and it's a lot of fun to see the kids progress and hit the ball with them.
- Libraries: This is not entirely altruistic since I'm on the Board of my local library, but I love libraries and how they are changing to meet the needs of communities and of the 21st century. Libraries truly are centers around which much of a community can revolve.
- Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups: No explanation needed.