Seeking a Thankful Heart

I’ve recently been struck by how I can go about my everyday life with little thought to the blessings that I’ve been given – and that adopting a posture of gratitude is something that I should be seeking to do more and more on a daily basis.

And so, when I was tagged by Imogen from to complete the ’50 Things That Make Me Happy’ challenge – I thought I’d use it as an opportunity to reflect on the things that brighten my life.

Not only can this be a really helpful thing when you’re having a bit of a low day, but as we get closer to the shortest day of the year, it’s definitely getting a lot darker – and that can sometimes cause us to get stuck thinking of better, brighter times.


If, like me, you think you could use with a reminder of how many little things in life we can be thankful for – then I challenge you to do this yourself. Grab a cuppa, sit down with a notebook, and start listing the things that bring a smile, or send you back into a happy memory. I know myself how I need to do this far more often – and so, before I ramble any more – here we go….



50 Things That Make Me Happy

  1. The sea
  2. Coming home to an excited Bonnie jumping up waiting to see you
  3. Bookshops (London have some FAB ones – highly recommend)
  4. Laughing so much you end up crying
  5. Being at a university next to the sea
  6. Getting lost in a good book
  7. Capturing memories in photographs
  8. Mashed Potato
  9. A good cup of tea
  10. The feeling after a fresh hair cut


  1. Writing – capturing something of a moment in words
  2. Sunsets
  3. Exploring new places
  4. ‘Nerding’ out over particular areas of history (mid-research)
  5. Precious friends – old and new
  6. Playing my clarinet
  7. Walks in Autumn, amid crisp, colour-changing leaves
  8. Irn Bru (no, I’m not a Scot)
  9. Getting a hand-written letter in the post
  10. Ceilidhs (try a techno-ceilidh if you haven’t ever)


  1. Listening to music – Big Band and Jazz
  2. Thinking about the magic of Disney World
  3. Mustard Yellow
  4. Reading the Bible with new vision
  5. Cinnamon Buns
  6. Journaling – lots of doodling required
  7. Sister-time
  8. Well-toasted marshmallows
  9. Fresh bed sheets
  10. One-on-one time with a good friend


  1. Getting lost in worship
  2. The realisation I’m at my dream university and it’s actually reality!
  3. Daddy-Daughter time
  4. Seeing a show in the theatre
  5. Watching, reading, chatting all things Harry Potter (references always welcomed)
  6. Discovering something new about God
  7. Photography – photo walks
  8. Beach walks with friends
  9. Bonnie (the cutest Cockapoo that ever did live)
  10. Quiet time alone


  1. Mince pies
  2. Exploring historical places
  3. Fireworks
  4. Another cup of tea – (I don’t think you can have TOO much tea)
  5. The smell of freshly cut grass
  6. Cadbury’s Dairy Milk
  7. The smell of old or new books
  8. The sound of rain (especially on a conservatory/glass roof)
  9. Teal
  10. Stationery Shops – pens, paper, washi tape; you name it – it’s beautiful.

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Just sitting and thinking about what I am grateful for, or what does make me happy – while it was a little difficult to begin with, I became more aware of the little things just through stopping and taking time to think about them.

Thanksgiving in the UK is kind of a strange thing. I’ve been aware of it, because of American Church members at home sharing their traditions, yet it’s only really been since coming to university and getting to know far more Americans that I’ve realised what it’s all about.

And while I probably still don’t understand it properly, one thing I have taken away from it this year is how important it is to be thankful – and to take time to try and pursue a grateful heart.


Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

for he satisfies the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

Psalm 107:8-9 – NIV


Take the time to think about the little things – and I promise, it’s worth it. I wanted to go on and write more than 50 things – but I figured I’d rambled on enough. Regardless of that, it’s a challenge I’m going to give to myself as well; are you going to join me?

Sorry it’s been so long – I’ve been missing blogging; but hopefully things will regain a semblance of order soon – I’ve got plans in mind, I just need some time to pursue them!


Till next time,

Han x


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