What makes you happy? This simple question has received an increasing level of scrutiny over the past decade – including my own.
In fact, after watching the movie Happy, I became moderately obsessed with the topic. I scientific studies about the impact of gratitude, income, exercise, community, and other factors that contribute to happiness. I started practicing mindfulness using a guided app. And, I started thinking about ways I could improve my happiness, as well as those around me.
In December of 2015, I was at a concert with a fellow techie friend and we decided that we wanted to use our skills to promote happiness. Later that month, we launched gratefulforblank.com as a place for people to express gratitude.
We invited friends to use the site, but it never reached a point where we actively promoted it. Over the course of 2016, a few people used it. But, primarily, it became an exercise in myself expressing gratitude (you can still see my posts from the year at the site).
I am grateful for the time and energy we dedicated to our mission – even if it stopped short of reaching our vision. I am thankful for the help I received creating the site and the opportunity to launch a website from scratch. And, I appreciate every post that other users made and the support they offered along the way.