One of the things I’m most grateful for in my life are people—friends and family and mentors and teachers. I’m thankful for the people I can celebrate and share my joy with and for those I can share my challenges and heartbreaks with. And I’m thankful for the people who show up in my life to help me … sometimes unexpectedly just when I need it. 


One day I was hiking trails near my house. I was struggling and didn’t feel like anybody could help. I ran into a woman I didn’t know. She looked at me and said, “You need a hug.” She gave me that hug, which I did need. We’ve since become friends, but it was that moment, that perhaps she doesn’t even remember, that stands out to me. 


Today, reflect on and write about somebody who helped you along your path. 


  • Start by making a list of people who have helped you. Briefly in a word or phrase note what they did. Include people who help you regularly, those who did something big for you, and those who did something small that made a big difference.
  • Pick one of the things somebody did to help you. Write about it in detail. Use sensory details to put yourself back into the experience. Think about your emotions, but also how it felt in your body. 

Have you ever told this person how much what they did for you meant to you? Do you want to tell them now? If you are taking part in 5 Days of Gratitude, we’ll bewriting a gratitude letter on Day 5. This would be a great starting point for your letter. (If you aren’t part of 5 Days of Gratitude, you can still join here. I’ll be sending a recap at the end of the experience so you can catch up on any days you missed!)




P.S. Gratitude is so powerful in building joy and resilience in our lives. That’s a big reason I’m running 5 Days of Gratitude right now. It’s also why I’ve chosen gratitude as the theme for this month’s Write into Joy. Your stories of gratitude can help you discover your own path to joy and resilience, tools you may not even know you have. Sign up for Write into Joy here: and I’ll see you November 20.