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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~Naps

~The ability to sew my own masks

~ Remaining healthy and safe in difficult times

~ Meditation that helps me manage my pain

~ A compassionate and affectionate partner

 

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Getting some really nice unexpected compliment that boosted my self esteem 

Children laughter

Interesting conversations 

Feeling that I fit in

Bug spray 

Amanda 

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The one mosquito bite that reminded me to pack bite cream

Finding my missing mask randomly in a pocket

Catching myself just observing my surroundings without ruminating several times during my very long road trip

Children being adorable and not getting upset/annoyed/grumpy during a very long road trip

Friends checking in 

Being on holidays

Having so many friends that are treat me like family

Amanda 

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Chocolate chip pancakes

Dancing in the kitchen in my PJs

Children laughter 

A beautiful hike in the woods 

My planes being on time and everyone being very respectful of social distancing and wearing masks 

Getting back to my home after a wonderful small vacation

Laughter that comes from deep down

My bed

Silence to meditate

 

Amanda 

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today, I’m grateful for: 
-singing with my spouse 

-noticing my dog’s belly is weirdly colder than the rest of her body 

-Air conditioning! 
-Rebecca Sugar’s adorable melodies 

-the crunch on the crust of a pizza 

-Erica 

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  • Spending time with an old friend (masked, of course)
  • A day off from cycling in the heat
  • My yoga teacher being back in town and giving classes on Zoom
  • Two yellow squash that survived
  • My husband's delicious scones
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Hugs

Long lazy mornings in bed

Watch the beautiful storm at home, safe and dry

Face masks 

Having people who are there for me

My hardwork working out showing in the scale

Amanda 

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~ Air conditioning in my house

~ Reading with my son

~ Oreo cookies

~ The ability to say no to things that make me feel unsafe

~ My daughter's face crinkling up with joyful laughter

~ Having the patience to be emotionally available for my children, even on long days

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Waking up happy and rested 

Feeling safe and comfortable in a new environment 

Music in the morning 

A wonderful meal for dinner 

Sparkling water 

Surviving a hardcore workout 

Being able to be my unfiltered self 

Good friends reaching out 

After sun cream protecting my skin from peeling 

Being home safe during another storm

 

Amanda 

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~ games with my kids

~ new online friends

~ willingness to advocate for myself and others

~ the ability to afford health care

~ engaging productively with my ex in the interest of our children

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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