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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“Sure mom!” — 14 year-old son’s response to my request to do the dishes.

Watching the clouds swirl in the sky while floating weightlessly in the pool

The soft fur atop my dog’s head

A client who responded to my text with, “Thank you.  I can really tell you care about me.”

 

~C

 

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Today I felt more stressed that in the recent days so it was a little more difficult to appreciate what was happening around me but:

I'm grateful that I tried my best and tried to focus my attention in the little positive things

I'm grateful for my special lotion from home that is helping decrease the itchiness from all of the mosquito bites I got yesterday

I'm grateful for being able to be productive even though I was feeling upset to have to work all day on a Sunday 

I'm grateful for taking some time to go outside to work and get some fresh air and vitamin D

I'm grateful to have planed a small vacation for soon 

Amanda 

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- relaxing morning at the pool

- my parents yard where the dogs can run 

- ability to empathize with a friend who is struggling 

-creativity in the kitchen 

- friendly banter with a friend 

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Today I’m grateful for:

  • My son finally spending time with grandma!
  • Water play on this hot day
  • new playroom
  • rearranged new home office 
  • Yummy dinner

Holly

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Today I am grateful for:

  • The fan I bought that miraculously makes my stifling, stagnant home office with no AC feel tolerable and even pleasant.  More specifically, I appreciate the gentle breeze on my skin and the movement of air around me.
  • I appreciate how mature my kids are that they can now make their own breakfasts and start their days without me dictating or orchestrating their every move.  I appreciate the freedom this affords me.
  • I am grateful for the "touch up my appearance" feature on Zoom that helps hide the wrinkles in my shirts (and my face).
  • I am grateful that I have not had to iron a shirt in 4 months.
  • I am grateful for the free cup I got a cardinals game two years ago that keeps my water ice cold for hours.

 

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A nice visit

Air conditioning

My daughters laugh 

Yummy food

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Sound of the rain

bike ride through the woods

singing along to the radio

moments of silence early in the morning 

my dishwasher 

- Kristen 

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The splurge on a good take out lunch

making lists as a new approach to life

hot steam of a shower

having a full sink of dishes washed

getting a favorite magazine in the mail 

am

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  1. Realizing how quarantine has allowed me to see the progressive growth of plants and flowers in my neighborhood
  2. Making it up the stairs without even thinking about pain
  3. Taking the time to make homemade sangria
  4. My colleagues, who make me feel loved and appreciated
  5. My willingness to pick myself back up over and over again

Izzy

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For air-conditioning
for good food

for foot massages
for lazy days

for sunshine

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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