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 many movements (that go beyond the hashtag) that have sprung to life in recent years and each become powerful change agents rising up to put things on the right tracks. I am particularly inspired by the young people, the people of color, and the women who are using their voices. #marchforourlives, #voteforourlives, #nationalschoolwalkout, #blacklivesmatter, #metoo, #timesup, #enough
- March Madness. Did I list this one last week? I don't care! I love, love, love March Madness! Yes, I know the NCAA has some issues, but filling out a bracket and watching the games - the games! There have been so many upsets this year! - is a thrill I look forward to every year. All this praise despite Michigan State's loss destroying my bracket this year...Barack Obama and I both had them winning the whole thing and that's definitely not happening, since they're OUT OF IT.
- Snow! It's been a terribly dry winter here, so any late-season precipitation we get is terrific.
- Spring Break! Skiing and a road trip to Santa Fe are on the agenda. I adore Santa Fe and am so excited to visit Meow Wolf for the first time while there.
- Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer. I follow him on Instagram and am smitten with every photo he posts. He's also a founder of a kickin' nonprofit called Sea Legacy, whose mission is to restore our oceans to their healthy and abundant states. Check it out if you're into that sort of thing.