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#178: A Gratitude Journal

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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I read today of a woman who was tired of focusing on the negatives in her life and began compiling a Gratitude Journal where she listed at least three things every day she was grateful for.

Some days she didn't feel she had three things so she began focusing on the positives in her life and realized how truly grateful she was for all of the positive events in her days that she hadn't noticed before she began her journal.

She vowed to be the first to smile at someone, to hold doors open for others and other acts that would force her to give her attention to others instead of herself.

One act was simply to help unstick two shopping carts so a woman could use one. When she saw the little girl with the woman she saw a bald-headed young lady grimacing in pain and was grateful for being able to help with such a small task that would have been difficult for the woman who was using only one hand, the other holding her young daughter.

Soon, the first Grateful Journal was filled and the author purchased a second one, confident this one, too, will soon be filled with her expressions of gratitude and thankfulness for life's daily positives.

Is this something we should try? When times seem bleak, reading back through such a journal will have to make us feel better, won't it?

Let's vow that beginning January 1st, or today if you prefer, we start our own Gratitude Journals and see what positives the new year brings into our lives.

Will you join me on this journey?
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    Wonderful idea. At our previous small group we had a Praise Journal which we would write in every week when we met. Have the perfect little journal I've been waiting to use for a long time.

    Thanks again.
    4079 days ago

    I have had a "gratitude buddy" for the last 5 years and will start year #6 on January 7, 2010. Each day, we email each other 5 things that we are grateful for that day. This has been such a rewarding experience for both of us and I highly recommend it. Thanks for reminding me about the importance of doing this.

    4079 days ago
    I take time out for gratitude thoughts everyday but don't write them down....I will give it a try. Count me in! Joy
    4082 days ago
    Excellent idea, Lou!
    4082 days ago
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    Oh, Lou, I will definitely join you on this. What an awesome idea! And a wonderful thing to start at Christmas! God Bless you!
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    Count me in!! I, too, am learning to be grateful. It comes with the package of a new positive attitude.

    What I've found is that like Love, Gratitude must be expressed in order to be fulfilled.

    Now, let me go get a journal from my drawer...
    4083 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/24/2009 3:36:32 PM
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