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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June 2020

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Home cooked mealS

Reuniting with loved ones 

Helpful advice 

My parents 

the health of those around me 

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Gratitude for 

a safe reliable car

being confident driving in the rain 

the laughter of watching my dog

the clean shower after a day of sweaty hard work on a humid day

the chance to sit back and breathe in a sense of accomplishment 

mary

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I'm grateful for:

My coffee in the morning 

Taking a nice walk through a beautiful new trail

All of the colors I notice around when I'm being mindful and paying attention 

The AC at my house after being outside when it was hot 

Fireflies flying around while I was having dinner outside

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-a difficult interaction with my sibling that made me realize some limits I needed to make 

-free time to spend on organizing my home and packing to move 

-ability to paint the ceiling in my bathroom 

- a much needed nap after a good cry 

- more energy than previous days 

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Grateful for:

  • my partners gentle, soft touch 
  • emotional support of a good friend
  • financial security 
  • US Postal service 
  • Yummy Ethiopian food from Meskerem
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Today, I am grateful for:

-the new growth on one of the potato plants in our garden

-having all the ingredients to whip up a favorite dish on a whim 

-how refreshing it feels to come into the A/C after working outside 

-my cat, looking extra cute, sleeping on the foot of the bed 

-a song with a beautiful melody that I’ve never hear before 

—Erica 

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Saturday ~

  1. The strong breeze that cooled my walk
  2. The tiny green insect that I took the time to watch as it slowly inched across my arm
  3. The warm feeling of food in my stomach
  4. Having a conversation with my dad
  5. Making delicious stuffed peppers for dinner

Sunday ~

  1. Smelling the change after the rain soaked the ground
  2. Feeling the fuzzy blanket on my bed
  3. My ability to walk 2 miles with only minimal pain
  4. The pumpkin sprouts that continue to grow
  5. The homemade card from my mom
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Grateful this Sunday evening for ...

~ knowing my dad is no longer in pain
~ a beautiful celebration of my dad's life
~ all the grandchildren, siblings, spouses & my mom were there
~ we laughed, cried and supported each other
~ ate Reubens and chocolate cookies -- my dad's guilty pleasures
~ sang his favorite hymn and read his favorite Psalms
~ told stories about how he impacted our lives
~ outside in the shade enjoying his favorite place to be
~ messages of love & support from frends & family far & near
~ halfway home
~ all is well .... 

shine
sandra

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Ice cold cherry kool-aid 

Opening a new cookbook

recycling a full bin of cardboard boxes

my dog playing with a new toy, her process of figuring it out

the smell of fresh laundry inside when it’s so muggy outside 

am

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Easily accessible television

nice weather 

an easy to use vacuum 

my partner helping me out 

the ability to purchase things online 

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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