Got Gratitude?  Want to share it with others?

Welcome to the new Friday Photo—a community gratitude journal open to all who’d like to express their thanks or share a happy thought.  We’re calling them “Happiness Shout Outs” for now, but we are open to other ideas!  Submit your suggestions in the comments, please.

This photo was taken by my loving husband, Kevin.  It was a Saturday morning, it took us forever to get out of the house and it seemed like nothing was going right.  Still, the kids always find happiness. 
 <br>Their joy is contagious, it gets me every time. This photo was taken by my loving husband, Kevin. It was a Saturday morning, it took us forever to get out of the house and it seemed like nothing was going right. Still, the kids always find happiness.
Their joy is contagious, it gets me every time.
© madison, mom of three, CT

Here’s how it works: every week we’ll post a photo submitted by one of our readers along with all the happy and thankful comments gathered throughout the week. 

To contribute, email your “shout out” or your favorite photo to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
You can also contribute by commenting here—we’ll pick out a few favorites for next week’s posting.  Please include: your name if you’d like us to use it and any other info you’d like us to list, e.g., if the “gratitude” is from one of your children, it would be great to know his or her age.

Here are some Shout-Outs that were submitted during the week:

I’m happy that my middle schooler and I broke through a tough period and are enjoying each other so much more - and he finally TALKED to me about his feelings. That in and of itself is something for which I am extremely grateful.
Andrea, Oakland, CA

I’m happy for a deepening connection with my cousin.
Caitlin

This time of year farmers’ markets are a happy embarrassment of riches!
THEA Milwaukee, WI

I’m grateful for my mother and to my children for showing me how damn hard she worked!
Beth D Herman

I am happy because I have a healthy baby boy growing inside me.
Courtney

I’m happy we got the green beans!
Chiara, age 3 ½ (this was news to her parents)

I’m happy the oil spill got capped.
Jason, San Francisco, CA

I’m happy for an opportunity to rejuvenate with time for myself while my youngest naps.
Amy, mom of 3

I really am glad that school is going so well for my girls. I know that when I do find a job and go back to work again they have alot of caring people around them to make the transition a bit easier.
Marie

I’m happy to be going to Chicago to honor my mom and to introduce her while she gets a major award. I couldn’t be more thrilled and more proud. Also, I’m happy that my mom is so awesome.
Louise, Los Angeles, CA

The joy of mud, a frozen orange pop, and a favorite little blue train.
Elizabeth Steward

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