Reflecting on Three Years Worth of Gratitudes

Ask your doctor and they’ll tell you coming up with three gratitudes a day will improve your mental health.  I tried this for a while and then began writing them in a small gratitude journal.  This post is all about my adventures in keeping a gratitude journal and includes a small sampling of what is inside it.

Something I found helpful is reading through ALL of the booklet with all of the gratitudes I’ve written so far.  It’s a bit of a confidence booster to read through it as well as completing a daily habit tracker.

Here are my three years of gratitudes in review - 55 pages worth.

Gratitudes Key Themes: 

G - I’m Grateful for…

C - Compliments & notable accomplishments

Cursive(italics) - Lovely memories

* - Things that I care about

“Quotes”

B - Books I’ve read

M - Movies I’ve watched

A - Affirmations taken from the Huffington Post and other online sources

CAPS = Goals

J - Jokes

 

Gratitudes:

G - Getting lost in a book

G - Free stuff (audible credits, candle, Starbucks drinks, podcasts, iTunes U)

G - My pekingese sleeping in bed with me (It’s a stress reducer!)

G - Passed Adwords exam

G - Dr. Insomniacs Peanut Butter Bomb (In San Rafael)!

G - Heat sensitive spoons at frozen yogurt place - mind blown!

G - Sudoku

G - Previous vacations

G - Udacity/Google Scholarship

 

Memories:

  • Going on a Marin Headlands hike in the middle of the night during a full moon.
  • Laughing hysterically on the floor of a dollar store
  • Getting my Personal Record of 5’3’’ as a Sophomore (high school) in High Jump.

 

Compliments:

C - Going to the gym

C - Drinking greens

C - Developing vocabulary

 

Affirmations:

A - Today I abandon my old habits and take up new more positive ones

A - Others love me easily and joyfully

A - I am creating financial security through the use of my talents

A - I can and I will

A - I believe in the person I want to become

 

Quotes:

“Some of the best days of your life have not happened yet.”
“May the next few months be a period of magnificent transformation.”

 

Jokes: 

What do you call a computer that sings?  A dell.

Why didn’t the spider go to school?  Because it learned everything on the web.

 

Movies:

M - Forest

M - Coco

M - Latin Lover

M - Whiplash

 

Books:

B - Selling Women Short

B - Norwegian Wood

B - Shoe Dog

B - Outliers

 

Goals:

FILL GRATITUDES JOURNAL

GET A PROMOTION (check)

ALL VOCAB STACKS

CONSISTENT IMPACT AND MEANINGFUL WORK

If I’ve learned anything from this gratitude journal it’s that it's very easy to forget those little things that really add up.  There is so much to be thankful for, and if you make a personal effort to notice and write them down, you will truly surprise yourself.  

It’s never to late to start your own gratitude journal.  Start by doing a three gratitudes a day challenge with a friend or family member.