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my gratitude journal

Friday, July 25, 2014



I think that Gratitude is veryyy important in every day life.  For several years now, I've kept a Gratitude journal.  I tried at first to end my day with my gratitudes, because there's something tranquil about your final thoughts of the day being positive.  However, I tend to not go to bed until I'm ready to drop [I have insomnia issues].  I've found that writing down my gratitudes from the previous day in the morning while sipping my coffee has worked best.  

I love starting the day remembering the best parts of the day before.  Giving thanks for the little things in life [and actually appreciating them] can have a MAJOR change on your outlook.  It completely changed my attitude towards life. 

Every day I write down 5 things I'm grateful for from the previous day.  Whether it's as simple as smelling a flower or as big as a new family member.  It's important to go with 5.  Even if you have to think hard... this is where you will learn to appreciate the little things.  When you start to appreciate the small things, you'll find that you'll no longer sweat the small stuff.  

If you're the type that can let a spilled Starbucks drink all over your kitchen [yes I did this recently, HUGE MESS] ruin your day, you'll definitely benefit from this!  Aha!  You can use any journal you like or even just a 3 ring note book.  Whatever you want.  I'm currently using this one here.

I challenge you to keep a Gratitude Journal for 1 month.  See how you feel after that month.  I bet you keep up with it! <33

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39 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! I really tend to overlook all the good and happy little moments in my life, I really should try and do this more often <3

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. It's very helpful! I wouldn't change my gratitude journal routine for anything. I can honestly say it's made me a happier person.

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  2. This is a great idea. I think we could take a little time to remember what we are thankful for. The world needs more positivity.

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    1. The world DEF needs more positivity! <3

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  3. Gratitude for the good things in our lives is very important, but we often don't have enough of it. Remember when our parents told us that there were kids in *insert third world country* that didn't have *insert whatever we were complaining about*? Well, we should remember that. We have it better than a lot of people on this earth.

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    1. Yes! It's exactly like that! We need to remind ourselves this as adults as well.

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  4. This is something I should really get into. My life is so crazy and I forget what to be grateful for.

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    1. It really helps so much. I highly recommend you trying it out! <3

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  5. This is such a great idea! It's so important to have gratitude for all the good things that's going on in our life because we often overlook things <3

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  6. When I was in college I took an entrepreneurship class where we practiced something pretty similar. It was wonderful to sit and reflect on all the positive things that happened throughout the day or week.

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    1. I think it's wonderful that this was a part of a class. More people really need to practice gratitude everyy day! <3

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  7. I really should get into doing something like this! Thanks for sharing

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  8. I feel like I am grateful for so many things, but sometimes I wonder if I am showing it enough. This would be a great reminder to let those special people who I am grateful for know it once in awhile.

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  9. I think that is a great idea. I think I am going to start one.

    Michelle F.

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  10. This is great advice. I usually end my day praising God for the gifts of the day, but keeping a journal about it seems like a great idea and a way to look back and appreciate things and remember those things. I think I will start this up tomorrow! Thank you!!

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  11. I want to do this kind of journal. I want to be thankful for all the blessings that God has given us.

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  12. which reminds me, it has been ages since i have updated my Gratitude journal. this post is probably the universe's way of telling to get back to writing my daily "gratitudes" again. Thanks for the reminder! ^_^

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  13. What a great idea! :) I think this would be a great family conversation at the dinner table too. My kids would benefit from thinking of all they have instead of all they want.

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  14. Love the idea I might not have a gratitude diary but I pray every day and always say thanks no matter if it was a good or bad day I'm always thankful for been alive, for my family, for us been healthy and for the laugh and tears we share

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  15. I would love to get my son a Gratitude Journal, he is in recovery and on a journey of his own. He has had a hard time being grateful in the past.

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  16. Without gratitude, you just have greed. Give thanks for what you have, not everyone is as lucky as you are!

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  17. I was doing thankful Thursdays posts since January. We took the summer off and now I'm doing a different link up but the hosts will start it up again in sept. It has been such a wonderful experience to log all things I'm grateful for. It really is a reminder of how blessed we are. I love the way you start and end your days. That's the way it should be

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  18. I feel we all take this for granted and we shouldn't. This is a great idea you have with the journal. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. I think it's always a good idea to remember what we're grateful for, and this is a fun way to do it. Sorry about the coffee spill., that would be a bummer! BUT you could be thankful for tons of things that go with that too. All in perspective. :)

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  20. That is awesome that you have a gratitude journal. I made myself a "Thanksgiving Book" I write down stuffs I am thankful with especially about what God did to me and for family. In that way I won't forget that He does miracle and answers our prayer. I also start my day praying about a minute and it's all just giving praise and gratitude.

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  21. This is a great goal! I'd love to see your collection at the end of the month

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  22. I did a gratitude journal once. I went something like this, I'm grateful no ones tooth brush fell in the toilet today. I'm grateful I didn't step on any Lego's today. I'm grateful my youngest two kids didn't use all of the toilet paper as spit wads for the ceilings. Ya know, things like that ;)

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  23. I remember back in 2005 I was watching Oprah (don't judge me), and she mentioned keeping a gratitude journal. I don't really keep a journal but when I feel down I count my blessings and start to feel better.

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  24. I am really thankful for the blessings that I have receieved. I don't have a gratitude journal but I think I want to try having one soon.

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  25. I've seen this all over Facebook lately, in lots of status updates, and I think that it is such a great idea. People tend to focus on the negative, where a little exercise like this can do so much for someone's outlook. Great idea.

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  26. this is very nice to read. when i get mad or feel bad and lonely i always try to think of how i am lucky enough to ave a lot of things and have a wonderful family

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  27. I want to start a gratitude journal! It seems like such a worthwhile, positive activity!

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  28. I have been considering this. And I also like the gratitude posts that people do in their blogs. I think I will start your challenge at the beginning of August!

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  29. What a great idea for journaling. I think the concept would be a great gift idea, too.

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  30. Writing down everything good that happened to you, even small acts of kindness experienced, causes you to ultimately look more positively at your life.

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  31. Gratitude is sadly something that a lot of people don't know how to express.

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