Journal Your Gratitude

You are invited to post five things you are thankful for daily. Anyone can post. Grab a friend and hold each other accountable. Encourage your kids to post their gratitude. Cultivating the practice of gratitude has eight well-documented benefits:

  • Gratitude improves mental and emotional health
  • Gratitude improves physical health
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression
  • Gratitude helps you sleep better
  • Gratitude opens the door to deeper, more diverse relationships
  • Gratitude strengthens self-compassion
  • Gratitude cultivates your ability to focus on the present

Journal Your Gratitude

Post five things you are thankful for in the forum below. Focus on little things (a photo that makes you smile), things you take for granted (e.g., air conditioning), a phone call from someone special, a fond memory, the skills to take on a challenging task, using skills to cope with a difficult situation, something in nature, a kindness or something else.

Three Easy Steps

Here are the instructions. Try it once. If you like it, come back again and again.

  • Select the current month
  • Click reply and enter five things you are grateful for.
  • Click Submit

You do not need to register. It’s that simple! That’s it! Now give it a try. If you like it keep coming back.

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February 2020

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Giving thanks this second day of the new month for ...

~ relatively good health
~ letting go of a fear-based story running through my head
~ sweetie's biopsy was benign
~ enjoyed 3rd season of The Crown -- on to Grace & Frankie
~ a rare sunny day
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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grateful for:
Slow business at work, so I had time to read.
Car is more than half full of gas.
Sharpie at work to highlight reading.
Personal cupboard to put food inside. 
Cute chocolates sitting on my desk I'll probably never eat.

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Thankful this Monday evening for ....

~ serendipity - same issue came to me from four places
~ an "aha" moment where confusion gave way to insight
~ son decided to apply for a job that sounds like a good fit
~ quiet, productive day at home
~ reading something that is compelling and well-written
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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Grateful this Tuesday evening for ...

~ moments of serenity
~ meditation`
~ Sharon Salzburg's annual February Happiness Challenge
~ learning to do trauma-sensitive mindfulness training
~ preparing for visit to Wisconsin for my mom's 87th birthday
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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Today I am grateful for:

my dog not having an accident in my house for the first time since I got him

my car to get me to school even though I don't always want to go

my mom who calls to check on me everyday at least twice a day

Haleigh 🙂

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Feb 4 Pleasurable moments cause my computer was updating:

Space heater warming up my side.
Slowly eating bites of expired brownie.
Laying under comfy blankets.
Putting caps on pour spouts.
Seeing my purple brush pen.

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Texting my lovely sister.

Ability to start self validating.

Support from parents.

Yellow highlighter.

Came home to a clean sink.

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Today I am grateful for:

-my mom calling me to ask about my day

-my dog being excited to see me when I came home

-my new gel pens for school

-my boss for writing me a special note thanking me for my hard work

-my co-worker opening up to me about her life and making me feel like I am a member of the work family already

Why Journal Your Gratitude

A Harvard study of 15,000 people found our minds are on mindless autopilot almost 60 percent of the day. A Texas Tech study found that when our minds are on autopilot 60-70 percent of our thoughts are negative. And that’s in the general population. People who are depressed or anxious think negative thoughts more than the general population. This is why developing the habit of noticing positives is so important to healing.

Good news! We Can Train Our Minds

We can train our minds to notice the positives in our lives. We train our minds by simply noticing the positives. We can speed our progress by journaling them and periodically looking back to celebrate progress. Practicing in a community increases our motivation and speeds learning to notice both the wanted and unwanted in our lives even more.

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