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


Taking the time to get organized and plan my meal preping schedule/ingredients outside while getting some fresh air and sun

Keeping my house tidy 

Getting some wonderful results at work

Getting a "never-ending" story from my previous job one step closer to conclusion





I am grateful for ;

My legs that can walk on this earth 

The air that I breath in 

The beauty of nature around me

The warmth and love from family and friends

Furry friends


Grateful this Tuesday morning for ...

~ pre-op appointment this morning - time to get the train rolling
~ ticking things that need to get done before surgery off my list
~ seems like we've been home a week & it's less than 24 hours
~ seems like we were in Wisconsin a year & it was 11 days
~ some time to myself yesterday & this morning
~ beginning to write about dad's last 9 days
~ acknowledging my fears about surgery



Today, I am grateful for:

-Getting up early and taking my time before starting the work day

-the sweet and slightly sour taste of San Pelligrino Aranciata Rossa

-the smell of baking bread 

-ability to rest quietly during my lunch break 

-the feeling relief after fully completing a project 



Today I am grateful for:

  • the podcast Crime Junkie
  • good friends who answer the phone when I need them
  • randomly getting an extra half hour of break from work 
  • having my dishes clean when I came home from work today
  • my motivation that I found for my summer class at Lewis and Clark Community College 



~ a soft place to sleep at night

~ the ability to work from home during the pandemic

~ my partner's unconditional love

~ the rain tapping on the window, making me sleepy

~ the smell of fresh laundry




Thunder rattling the windows, shaking the house grateful staying dry

watching and listening to the rain deluge the gutters better than tv

ground covered with tiny flower blossoms in a circle the small beauty after a storm

dog sleeping through the entire storm

the afternoon nap bringing vivid dreams and full restful ness 



Today I'm grateful for:

Having a full night of sleep and waking up feeling rested 

Getting a ride to work and back home thus avoiding walking to work in the rain

The smell of spices filling the air while I was cooking dinner 

This exercise that makes me more aware of all the little things that make me feel grateful 

Having a comfortable place to live in 



  • Remembering to meditate this morning
  • A friend to go bike-riding with
  • Blueberry cobbler
  • A hard but good workout
  • The public library

- smart tv - grateful for how easy everything is when it’s synced together 

- having an area to walk in

- outdoor movies 

- advice from new parents 

- cuddly kittens 

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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