Gratitude Is . . .

Gratitude is
I’m keeping a Gratitude Journal this month.

I did a little on-line research to see other’s experiences with this and I learned some wonderful things!

I learned that expressing your gratitude brings out creativity, it helps you to be more positive, it leads to being flexible, it fosters happiness and it can promote your health.

Enjoy my research!





Oprah shared an entry from her gratitude journal a few years ago:

1. A run around Florida’s Fisher Island with a slight breeze that kept me cool.
2. Eating cold melon on a bench in the sun.
3. A long and hilarious chat with Gayle about her blind date with Mr. Potato Head.
4. Sorbet in a cone, so sweet that I literally licked my finger.
5. Maya Angelou calling to read me a new poem.



Turn Negatives into Positives – “Help really transform your thoughts by finding the positive side of negative situations. Instead of dwelling on things that are not working out – maybe a failed relationship, or financial hardships, or health problems – try to find a positive in those situations. For example: *I’m upset that relationship didn’t work out, but now I have time to focus on myself and figuring out what I really want and need in a partner. My husband is still unemployed, but I’m grateful that we were able to pay the rent this month.  I don’t feel well and I’m worried about my health condition, but I’m grateful for the insight it has given me into how much I want to get out of life.* This will help you learn to focus on the positive in even the most dire situations. Though it may seem difficult and unnatural at first, keeping a gratitude journal and learning to focus on the positive in every situation will help you cultivate a greater sense of happiness and optimism about your life.”  by Lisa Shoreland



Using a gratitude journal to see and think differently in order to get “unstuck” – “Gratitude helps us see our situation is a way that can lessen panic, and could open up our thinking to new solutions.”



My favorite tool leads to happiness (yay!) – “. . . one of the most robust, enduring findings from psychological studies of increasing people’s happiness has been that happiness can be found from journaling, especially when you keep a regular journal of what you’re grateful for.”



Beneficial impact to your body – “One study by a couple of American researchers assigned young adults to keep a daily journal of things they were grateful for (Emmons and McCullough, 2003). They assigned other groups to journal about things that annoyed them, or reasons why they were better off than others. The young adults assigned to keep gratitude journals showed greater increases in determination, attention, enthusiasm and energy compared to the other groups. While that shows a clear benefit of gratitude, it also makes a clear distinction. Realizing that other people are worse off than you is not gratitude. Gratitude requires an appreciation of the positive aspects of your situation. It is not a comparison. Sometimes noticing what other people don’t have may help you see what you can be grateful for, but you have to take that next step. You actually have to show appreciation for what you have, for it to have an effect.”  by Alex Korb, Ph.D


Use the following page to begin your journaling journey:

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