Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thankful Survey: First Results

I am finally ready to share some of the Thankful Survey's first results! The pie chart below breaks down the respondents by age - it's interesting to see because it gives an idea of the blog's audience and I certainly like the generation diversity here:

Now onto the results! The majority of people (93.1%) to have taken the Thankful Survey consider themselves to be thankful people, and it gets proven by the fact that said respondents report thanking people for small acts of kindness in everyday situations: 69.0% admit to always doing so, 26.4% say they thank others often.

1.1% think they’re not thankful enough, which can be both a good and a bad thing depending on whether they want to improve in this department or not, but at least they’re honest!..

More often than not, these thankful people expect to be thanked for the things they do for other people (71.3%). 23.0% rarely expect it and 5.7% don’t expect such gesture at all.

Most (86.2%) are not shy about expressing their gratitude in more personal, non-everyday situations, and whopping 94.3% claim to having said words of appreciation personally to the appreciated people in their lives.

When asked if they thought it was possible to be thankful for something that hasn't happened yet, most (65.5%) imagined such thing to be a possibility and 29.9% said to be unsure. Many shared their thoughts on the subject in the comments, and there are some really good convincing points here:

Being thankful for something before it has arrived is how to make sure it gets there!

I've learnt to thank God for things that haven't happened yet: I know that the things I wish for will happen when he thinks it is time for, and that if they don't, there's surely a good reason for that.

That's where being hopeful comes into play. I always think the best will happen and when I have a goal in mind, I positively see it as already happening. I am just thankful for the idea, the chance that something positive is going to happen.

I am thankful for my growing baby and I haven't met her yet!

As for what exactly the survey respondents felt most thankful for at the time of sharing their thankful thoughts, things haven’t changed dramatically since the last time I reported on it. I’d love to get a little more input for a better picture of people’s gratitude, so let's leave it for the next time! 

In the meantime, you're welcomed to click on the picture above to have a better view of the breakdown of respondents by countries - I am proud to say that we're quite an international society of thankful people as the survey has been taken by people from 25 countries!

I also loved what some folks had to say about the Thankful Survey itself:

Answering these questions has actually made me think and realize that I'm more thankful than I thought.

This survey makes me seem like a really nice person.

So even if you're not looking to take any surveys, it's safe to assume everyone is looking for something to make them feel good, which, in turn, means you should still take the Thankful Survey! If you haven't already, of course, and if you have, I'm thanking you wholeheartedly!


  1. I don't even remember if I took this survey (hey, I never claimed to have a great memory). But in any case I get to be in the purple slice. Yay! I love purple! I am somewhat surprised by the age breakdown. Who knew the youngsters were so wise?!? :)

  2. Awesome job!
    What a cool survey!


  3. More often than not, these thankful people expect to be thanked for the things they do for other people (71.3%). 23.0% rarely expect it and 5.7% don’t expect such gesture at all.

    This was interesting to think about. I think that most people who say thank you regularly expect to be thanked because it's what they would do. I wonder if people who don't say thank you regularly expect to be thanked in similar situations.

  4. I forgot to add, I love seeing the diversity in terms of age and country! So cool!

  5. I love this! You have given gratitude so many more levels in my mind. I love that there's real, concrete output that you're gaining from this experience. As I have said many times before, your Blog has really opened my eyes to the importance of thankfulness and the role that it plays in my life. :)

  6. It really is interesting to see how diverse your audience is!

  7. Amazing!! I love seeing the outcome in such a easy to read and logistical way ;)

  8. That's insightful and inspirational!
    Thanks for sharing, I just love it!

  9. ..finally we see this survey , I was actually wondering when it will in the finish line and here it is :)
    I am also happy that I am in the group of 86,2%

    Just had a thought how I missing your every day posts - that was so inspirational ..

  10. Hi Julia,

    What a wonderful post. I love it! It warmed my heart to read that 86.2% of your participants weren't shy about giving words of appreciation.

    I appreciate the depth and heart of what you’ve written here. You have obviously given this subject a lot of thought and energy in to this, and it’s great that you’re sharing your knowledge with others. You’re truly making a difference in the world. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    To your magnificence!
    Andrea Woolf
    Founder, Ignite Your Life Book
    Co-Founder, Wake Up Abundant
    Ambassador of Manifest Money,


I appreciate you taking the time to connect and share your thoughts, so thank you for your comment! And while you're at it... Why not tell me what you're thankful for today? ;-)