People Share the Small Achievements They’d Like a Pat on the Back For

It’s nice to be recognized for your hard work and success once in a while, isn’t it?

And I’m not talking about having a parade or a lazer light show or anything, but just a small “nice job” every once in a while feels good…even if it’s not for something HUGE.

What small achievement would you like a pat on the back for?

Here’s what folks had to say on AskReddit.

1. All done!

“June 2020 – 14 exams left

October 2020 – 0 exams left.

They weren’t hardest exams in the world, but I think its pretty bad*ss achievement.”

2. Moving forward.

“It was my abusive ex boyfriend’s birthday the other day.

Normally it would’ve sent me into a cocoon of toxic emotions. This year it passed without me realizing/thinking about it.

Small win but felt powerful.”

3. Chase your dreams.

“It took me around maybe 5 or 6 years to start chasing my own dreams.

Spent my whole childhood following what I was told while conflicted about not wanting to do it at all.

Am now 19 about to turn 20 and am now dream chasing”

4. Slimming down.

“I’ve been fat for most of my life, at least the last 30 years.

This last 11 months or so I’ve been able to get a handle on my eating and I’ve lost 100 lbs. I still have a few more to go until I get to my goal, but I went from wearing XXL shirts to a Medium.

I never thought I’d be strong enough to do this, but here I am.”

5. Back to work.

“I worked my usual 40 hour week after being on sick leave due to a major depressive episode and being unable to work for several weeks before that.

At least my autopilot works again, for the time being.”

6. Language lessons.

“I’ve finally started a Japanese language course.

Wanted to learn for a long time, just recently dared to pull the trigger.

I hate studying from the bottom of my heart, it is difficult to find motivation.”

7. Slowly healing.

“Starting a new job, getting thrown into a whole new social atmosphere, right after a devastating painful break up with my now ex gf.

I had some really dark days at first. Serious internal struggles within myself. Didn’t think I was gonna last at this job. While I shoveled snow in the depressing midst of winter, my mind was dwelling on my ex and everything that happened, like being haunted by a demon. I had to put on fake smiles for everyone.

I felt like I was gonna fall into a depressive state or have a nervous breakdown. Dark times indeed. But I fought through it. Thankfully my new job is great, my co workers have become good supportive friends, I’m making good money, and the future awaits.

I can feel myself recovering from the breakup. I’m slowly healing day by day.”

8. Don’t let them pile up!

“Dishwasher broke down, and contrary to even my own expectations, I’ve been doing dishes by hand every night, instead of just letting them pile up until the repairman came.”

9. Busy in the kitchen.

“I started making my own pasta and pizza dough. It’s not as good as a professional, but I’m doing it myself and my daughter loves doing it with me.

We make a big batch of dough to last the week and make our own creative pizzas at night for dinner.

And I’m saving a ton of money on food too!”

10. Success!

“Coming up on 17 years at the same job.

It’s an employee owned company and I’m awarded stock every year. I’m well into the six figures.

I hope to make 30 years and retire.”

11. Keep it up!

“I’ve been meditating everyday for a month now.

It feels good!

Can’t stop, won’t stop.”


“My fitness journey after being addicted to X for 4 years and nobody even knew about it.

Been hitting the gym for 5 years straight now.”

13. Love yourself.

“Recently got over my body image!

Looking in the mirror I don’t see a physically unattractive person.

Took a while but It’s a weight off my mind!”

14. Finding happiness.

“I’m always mad or angry about something. I’m always tired of doing things and slightest inconvenience will make me hate everything around me.

I’ve been able to change my behavior for a week now.

I started gardening and biking and it really helps. Hopefully I can continue improving and find happiness even from little things.”

What would YOU like a pat on the back for?

Talk to us in the comments and let us know!

Thanks in advance!