This week, the #bufferchat community came together to discuss how they experience gratitude. Through exploring gratitude, the community opened up about how acts of kindness and difficult challenges have made a positive difference in their lives, and it was amazing to hear everyone’s stories!

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How does expressing gratitude impact your daily life?

From the community:

  • “I believe you get back what you put out, so if you’re mindful of what you’re grateful for and express it, you’ll get more :)” @dmboutin
  • “Gratitude is everything for me. The times when I forget to be grateful are the times I’m most often in a ‘rut’.” @Aboundlessworld
  • “Being thankful and genuinely appreciating people has opened more doors than any other personal life choice. @EliteYouTubePro
  • “Being thankful is a prerequisite for being happy. Every moment. Every day.” @gayane_virabyan
  • “According to a recent NPR story, showing gratitude may literally be good for your heart @ShereesePubHlth

See all the great answers to question 1 here!

 

When is expressing gratitude a difficult practice for you?

From the community:

  • “Comparison with other’s success makes it hard to feel gratitude. Then you realise you’re comparing apples to oranges.” @Alvomedia1
  • “I spent the bulk of my life not expressing. I saw the error in my ways. No difficulties now, even when proven wrong.” @JS_insidepitch
  • “When your day is long and hasn’t gone your way, but being thankful will help change your attitude for the better.” @majerus_luke
  • “When other person isn’t receptive. Gratitude isn’t one way street; meant to let other person know they’re appreciated.” @darcyboucher
  • “Also, when it’s not the popular thing to do/part of the culture where you are.” @revaminkoff

See all the great answers to question 2 here!

 

Do you have advice for starting up a gratitude practice?

From the community:

  • “Here’s a post I wrote abt gratitude -> 13 Things I’ve Learned Writing 1,024 Gratitude Lists @chriswinfield
  • “I write 3 things I’m grateful for before bed. It’s fun to look back on the year & it puts me in a good mindset :)” @cateelise
  • “Smile at strangers. Thank people for little things. Think how lucky you are to have the what you do. Share your joy.” @JS_insidepitch
  • “I use the Happier app to make a gratitude list every night. It does wonders :)” @jesserker
  • “Choose a good time & trigger, be specific, and give thanks about one area of life at a time.” @VioletaNedkova

See all the great answers to question 3 here!

 

Who inspires you to practice or think about gratitude in new ways? (or which books/blogs?)

From the community:

Books

See all the great answers to question 4 here!

 

What act of kindness has made the greatest difference in your life?

From the community:

  • “Being told that my time & energy makes a difference! Sometimes a simple “thank you” means so much.” @lifeofaworkgirl
  • “I will always remember the people who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself.” @VioletaNedkova
  • “Give compliments. Give them and receive them. It costs nothing, takes no time and could make someone’s entire day.” @Petronell3
  • once called me a day early to put me on a new flight that night b/c mine would most likely be canceled. amazing!!” @LydiaNicoll
  • “When someone is there for you, when it’s messy & they still want to help.” @DeeSpeciale

See all the great answers to question 5 here!

 

What challenging experience has ended up changing your life for the better?

From the community:

  • “Leaving my steady, comfy job and finding the adventure I’ve always wanted. @izzydoesizzy
  • “The company I was working for as a website developer bit the dust…and led to a new career as a writer. so YAY!” @sherisaid
  • “Overcoming failure and climbing out of poverty. Now I have my dream job and I’m about to graduate with my master’s.” @ash_lorelle
  • “Rejection teaches you to never tie your personal worth to someone or what you own.” @elusenji
  • “Getting fired. Made me assess everything beyond work performance; attitudes, how I treat, interact, & value people.” @JS_insidepitch

See all the great answers to question 6 here!

 

What’s something you may take for granted that you are truly grateful for? How can you express that?

From the community:

  • “I am beyond grateful for my health and I could do a better job of expressing it. More exercise, eat clean, eliminate excuses.” @patmoran408
  • “I take my parents for granted but I am really grateful for everything they have given me. I will tell them everyday.” @tweeterellaah
  • “Ppl that accept me for who i am, and the opp to do what i love as a career. Gotta show the love more. =)” @robchristianson
  • “The ability to communicate with family through social media. A simple “Like” goes a long way.” @FatimaDLora
  • “Most-often it’s the things that have been there day after day for so long. Sometimes I have to look for the obvious.” @TonyVirili

See all the great answers to question 7 here!

 

Thank you so much to everyone who opened up during this great chat!

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Written by Arielle Tannenbaum

Community Strategist at Buffer. In addition to her love of community building, Arielle also loves vegetables, cooking, practicing yoga, meditating, living mindfully, and exploring the connections between health and happiness!