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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August 2019

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This Thursday morning, I give thanks for ...

~ feeling more motivated to do my physical therapy exercises
~ noticing slightly increased muscle strength
~ experiencing less pain walking this morning
~ cardinals in the bird bath
~ the humming birds 
~ our native plant shade garden
~ all is well

shine,
sandra

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Tbankful this Monday evening for ...

  • air conditioning
  • rain
  • reading Cynthia Bourgeault
  • getting a few things fixed around the house
  • rest after a busy weekend

in peace,
S

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Grateful this Tuesday morning for ... 

~ progress in PT even though it's slower than I would like 
~ for the ease of .... my life compared to so many 
~ moments of patience in the midst of impatience 
~ moments of clarity in the midst of confusion 
~ moments of love in the midst of so much hatred 
~ moments of compassion in the midst of so much uncaring 
~ moments get me by ... give me hope ... keep me going 
~ all is well 

shine 
sandra

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Thankful this Saturday evening for ...

~ finding an affordable independent living option for a friend with dementia

~ time & skills to help a friend in tangible ways

~ home alone with sweetie this weekend before a busy week ahead

~ finishing a writing project with ease today

~ tub to shower conversion making slow but visible progress

~ all is well

shine,
sandra

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Grateful this Thursday morning for ...

~ it's Thursday & I'm done with work for the week
~ a dear friend is arriving tonight to spend the weekend
~ house is clean
~ respite from care giving this weekend (I hope)
~ things are moving quickly to move friend to supported living

shine
sandra

 

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I am grateful this Sunday morning for ...

~ a friend's poetry
~ a meaningful retreat yesterday
~ leftovers in the refrigerator for lunch today
~ a dear friend of 30+ years is visiting until tomorrow
~ incredible fall weather in August
~ grace
~ all is well

shine
sandra

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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