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


Thankful this Friday for  

  • Surgery done, tubes removed, first steps 
  • tackle going up/down steps tomorrow so they will let me go home
  • my favorite physical therapist will be becoming  to the house for three weeks
  • Then 12 weeks outpatient therapy
  • determined to do the PT and walk again.



A nice shower after a workout I didn't want to do


The wind/breeze 

Meeting new people

Making/having plans for the long weekend 




Today I am grateful for:

  • my new apartment where I finally feel like I can be myself 
  • my waterfall decor
  • my record player
  • my dog who adjusted to my new apartment so well
  • my candle that smells great and makes the house feel like mine

~ the growth I see in the plant I've been carefully tending

~ a warm, "stick to your ribs" breakfast

~ a full-night's sleep

~ a cleansing shower

~ air conditioning on a hot day



~ Friends who are there for support in a crisis

~ Time and space to breathe deeply

~ The ability to cook creatively

~ When my daughter calls to say "I love you"

~ An opportunity to practice feeling strong emotions



Being surrounded by internationals


Turkish food

Being able to have respectful and enriching conversations both with whom agrees and disagrees with me

Meeting new people



Sleeping late

Having no responsibilities and no one to attend 

A much expected package 

Not feeling horrible after a long night 

Not feeling guilty about giving myself the day off



  • Running into a good friend I hadn't seen since the pandemic started
  • Seeing a road runner
  • A great bike ride this morning before it got too hot
  • Finding a delicious new recipe
  • Toni Morrison

Today, I’m thankful for:

-Being able to come in to the air conditioning 

-having a knowledgeable friend to kayak with 

-my dog Bean’s cute little face 

- an understanding supervisor 

-a comfy couch 



My therapist 

A delicious meal

Scented candles 

Making an effort to be mindful about self judgment 

My bike




Today, I am thankful for:

-the crisp exterior and cheesy interior of a quesadilla 

-the heat from the first cup of coffee of the day

-my favorite aunt answering a FaceTime call 

-My cat Dembe’s loaf position 

-my body recovering quicker than expected after a hard kayaking trip 

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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