Since the year is coming to an end, it's natural that there's enough to evaluate before ringing in the year 2011, and looking back on what the world was thankful for in 2010 sounds like just the right thing to me!
A while back I randomly came across a website called ThankfulFor, which positions itself as "an online gratitude journal and gratitude sharing community focused on the pursuit of happiness". Not only did I like it because it's obviously a great idea and I felt ideologically connected, but I was also drawn to it upon doscovering some coincidences and similarities: the main coincidence being the fact that both our thankful projects were started in September 2009, and the similarity being the projects' grateful outcomes - namely, gratitude indexes.
ThankfulFor.com was operating for a little over a year when thankful people behind it decided to analyze the data from a percentage of the journal's public posts to see what their community was most thankful for in 2010, and here's the infographic they came up with:
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When I first saw it, I realized I was seeing a noticeably similar thankful trend among the people taking my survey. Here's the pie chart of the things the survey respondents have been reporting feeling most thankful for so far:
The percentage of people thankful for people in both our infographics is strikingly similar - 45,2% and 44%! I thought this was just too good not to share. I then decided to take another look at my own thanksgiving year and I could still see a certain pattern - mostly I was thankful for various life givens and episodes, followed by all things I labelled inspiration, with people coming in third. Then there were health, nature, personal growth, trips/vacations, all things food and beverage, closing in with looks and beautiful things. Personally, I am very satisfied with all of the data - I love the values I see people expressing!
Where do you think your thankfulness would rank? And what do you think about these findings, are the results any close to what you'd expect to see?