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Create a Gratitude Journal

We all have Something Good in our lives.  In fact we have many good things.  But, are we remembering to be grateful for them?  Today’s suggestion for Something Good reminds us to stop and appreciate the things we have instead of always focusing on the things we want.


I am such a sucker for journals and blank books.  I just absolutely love them.  I belong to a gift-swapping group where I occasionally receive journals, and you would think from my reaction that I didn’t already have four other blank books lying around the house.  You see, each journal has to wait until I discover its purpose.  For example, one of the journals I received through the swapping community is now used exclusively for recording dreams and making them into haiku!


As a part of a raffle prize from that same gift swapping community, I received this journal:



For several months it has been sitting around waiting for me to put it to the right use.  Well, the inspiration hit this weekend, and it has now become my gratitude journal.  Keeping a gratitude journal is such a great way to keep yourself grounded and aware of the world around you. 


The main point of keeping a gratitude journal is similar to the point of this blog.  It’s about recognizing the good in the world and creating as much positive energy as possible.  Sarah Breathnach, author of the book Simple Abundance puts it perfectly when she explains:


"As the months pass and you fill your journal with blessings, an inner shift in your reality will occur. Soon you will be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. As you focus on the abundance rather than on the lack in your life, you will be designing a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming your dreams into reality." 


The more you focus on the good things in life, the less you’ll focus on the not-so good.  Really, who doesn’t need to do that?


Keeping a gratitude journal is easy.  Personally, I make a list each evening of five things that I am thankful for that day.  They can be big things like “my health” or little things like “Rob made a great dinner” or “my kitty snuggled with me all evening.”  I try not to repeat items, though, as I want to end up with a really long list of things for which I’m grateful.


Today’s suggestion is to do Something Good by starting your own gratitude journal.  If you have a blank journal lying around, that’s great.  If not, you could use a notebook or even bind some sheets of stationery together.  Heck, why not make lists on Post-Its or note cards and store them up in a box – or repurpose a three-ring binder? 


Your journal doesn’t have to just contain lists, either (although it’s fine if it does).  Maybe you’ve put on your list that you’re grateful for a lovely meal out with a friend.  You could paste the receipt, a take-home menu or the restaurant manager’s business card into your book along with your list.  Photos are an obvious choice, too.  I’m terrible at drawing, but I’ve been sketching goofy little pictures next to my entries so far.  While having this list to look back on will be great, I think that just taking five minutes every day to really focus on what I’m grateful for is truly Something Good.


For my hubby's birthday the first year we met, i made a decorative box and filled it with slips of paper that i had printed statements on of things that he said & did (text messages, etc) that made me love and appreciate him. It's my own little gratitude box dedicated to him. He loved it so much that he's always kept it in a prominent place, and i add to it as much as i can.
There are so many neat pieces to that comment, but my favorite is that you still add to the box!



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