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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July 2020

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~ time to complete important work

~ a warm breakfast

~ the smell of bacon cooking from the neighbor's apartment

~ the shady sidewalk

~ homemade applesauce

 

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~ waking up next to my partner

~ warm cat cuddles

~ a full stomach

~ a creative spirit

~ a washing machine

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  • My new very comfortable office chair
  • The smell of mown grass
  • My friend's dog's surgery going well
  • Lemon-lime pie for dessert tonight
  • My animals
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~ sleeping in on a rainy morning

~ reconnecting with an old friend

~meaningful work

~ a delicious breakfast

~ an affectionate cat

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~ the start of a new, supportive relationship

~ hugging my COVID-free best friend for the first time in weeks

~ amazing colleagues who bring my laughter

~ a safe place to stay away from the storm

~ delicious tomato bisque

 

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  • Good coffee
  • Feeling energized to be back at work
  • Realizing that all teachers are in the same boat with me--I'm not the only one who feels apprehensive about the beginning of the school year
  • A helpful nurse taking the time to talk to me
  • Seeing my colleagues in person again
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Trying to figure out how to get into the August 2029 entries, will be grateful to figure it out

that I’m trying

chocolate chip cookies

dog walkers

comfy couch

am

 

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Such a beautiful day

Daughter spent a little time w me

Picked up sticks in my yard for fall fire pits

Getting things ordered for T's dorm

C&S for help w supplements

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From 8/15

Energy to get things done

Sitting outside

Zoom get-together w my parents

My son not getting sicker

Life

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Clear skies and low humidity

the joy of a rice cooker

house smelling of clean laundry

rocking chairs

soft watt light bulbs

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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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