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The Gratitude Journal

Today’s post was inspired by Lori Roberston’s How To Find Happiness Within Yourself. Lori points out that happiness starts with recognizing the things you can “appreciate and be grateful for” that are already inside of you. At the end of the post, she asks for comments on what her readers do to “keep yourself in a state of happiness and close to the true YOU!” I knew my answer without having to think.

It’s my Gratitude Journal

A few years back, I decided I spent too much time asking and not enough time expressing gratitude. So what did I do? I asked again – but this time for help thinking of a way to be more consciously grateful.

The first thing that came to me was to say thank you when I ask. This sets in motion the assumption that you’ll receive what you’ve asked for. Whether you operate off of the Law of Attraction or the Principles of Faith, it works the same way. And it’s just plain old polite to say thank you.

The second idea was to record the things I asked for, so I started a Gratitude Journal. I log the things I ask for along with the date and regularly go back over them and check off the requests that have been fulfilled.

Not too long after starting the Gratitude Journal, I realized what a priceless treasure it is. The happiness that Lori talks about in her post simply became a part of my everyday thinking. How could it not – now that I had a written record of all the wonderful things that were happening to me just for the asking. Personal goals, things I wanted to improve about myself, good things for my children…

The Journal also helped me to see just how often I asked for something and then forgot about it. Here’s an example.

When my youngest was about 7 or 8, we had some troublemaker kids in the neighborhood. Three brothers. They threw rocks and sticks, constantly tried to pick fights and generally made it hard for the other kids to have any fun or even go outside without expecting an injury. Talking to the boys about playing nicely didn’t work. Talking to their parents didn’t help either. One day after months of everyone’s suffering, my son ran in the house. “Hey, Mom,” he shouted, “You know those kids who throw rocks. They moved!”

“That’s nice,” I said, trying not to sound too ecstatic that the rotten, little cretins were gone. But after my son ran back out to play, that little intuitive nudge hit me. Hadn’t I asked for that? I checked my Gratitude Journal and sure enough there it was in black and white – Please let the mean kids move away.

I can tell you I spent days expressing my gratitude for that one!

Try a Gratitude Journal of your own. And please – leave your thoughts in a comment below. I’d love to keep the inspiration that Lori started going round and round. That way we never run out and can help each other remember where our true happiness lies.

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23 Responses to The Gratitude Journal

  1. Teresa
    Wonderful post. Gratitude is the backbone of everything in life. When we apply it to our lives, things move a little easier. When applied to our business, the magnitude of people will appreciate it and thereby bring people to you. It is the backbone of our Tribe!
    Donna Merrill´s last blog ..Tribal Networking for Newbies Part 2

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks, Donna! Gratitude is a priceless gift.

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  2. Absolutely wonderful idea Teresa!
    Focusing on everything to be grateful for is so much more empowering than worrying about bringing negativity into our lives. We should take the time every day to express our thankfulness for what we do have. Ohhh, think of all the good feelings that releases!
    Val
    Val Wilcox´s last blog ..I See YOU!

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    Teresa Reply:

    Hi, Val! What I think is really great is that even though I thought this up by myself, tons of other people have come up with the same thing! That means a lot of people are on the gratitude wavelength!

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  3. Hey Teresa…

    This is really a great post! I like the idea of having a gratitude journal. I was inspired a few years ago by the movie “the secret” to carry around a gratitude rock…

    It goes with me everywhere, and every time I load up my pockets in the morning, or empty them out at night, or even during the day when i reach for something, I am reminded to pause for just a second and say a quick prayer of thanks.

    Thanks for sharing this story!

    Justin Glover
    http://justinglover.com

    P.S. Sorry for the funny name… I’m working on getting a page ranked in Google. :)

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks for sharing this tip, Justin! The more ideas that are shared the easier it is for each of us to find what works for us!

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  4. Life is indeed full of mysteries and anything we wish will come true provided that we put gratitude first. Perhaps the expression of gratitude puts the hand of the Divine for intervention. :-)

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    Teresa Reply:

    I think you might have hit on the true key, Walter!

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  5. Teresa,

    I love this! & practice gratitude every morning as the first thing I do when I wake up (well, most of the time!). When I do, things just seem to stay in the flow, I am focused and present.
    Thanks for this great post!

    Take care,

    Becca
    Becca´s last blog ..Do You Have A Tribe?

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    Teresa Reply:

    I need to do that better myself, Becca – starting the day with gratitude. I’m a bit out of it early in the morning. Maybe a reminder on the mirror…hmmm. Now you’ve got me thinking! Thanks!

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  6. Hey Teresa,

    I love your post, I have been thinking down the same lines recently. I have also started writing a journel daily, every night before I go to bed I include how I would like my next day to pan out and also the kind of things I would like to happen in my life.

    I have also started to collect visual images of things I would like to come in to my life and have placed them in a special box with a label on the top saying ‘whatever is in side IS!’. I only started this process about 3 weeks ago, I have many pictures in their, bathrooms, new cars, babies (i want another lol). I also added a picture of a beautiful blue butterfly.

    Now one of the things that my daughter likes to do is go the park and walk up through the woods to an old museum at the the top. Next to the museum is a butterfly house but for the last 2 years it has been closed for renovation. I had almost forgotten about the butterfly house and my daughter had unbelieveably also forgotten to mention it.

    When we got to the top of the wood we saw that the butterfly house was open. With it being April there wasnt many butterflies to see, the gentlemen said that if we came back after the 24th of April we would see all kinds of different butterflies but for now there was just the Common Blue Butterfly!!

    I was speechless!

    I am eternally grateful I was able to see the beautiful butterfly
    Beth :-)
    Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..Gravatars and Signatures – ABC of Building your Brand

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    Teresa Reply:

    Beth, your comments really touched my heart. I think this is the perfect example of how draw wonderful things into our life by creating positive energy. And your gratitude ensures that more great things will come to you!

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  7. Awesome Post Teresa. I definately feel the need to start a Gratitude Journal and keep track of lifes fulfilments. Just reading this post made me feel Happy Great job

    Evin

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    Teresa Reply:

    So glad the post made you feel happy! And inspired to start a Gratitude Journal!

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  8. Teresa, I am grateful that the article I wrote inspired you to write this awesome post. I am going to start my gratitude journal TODAY! I think that is a great idea and I cannot wait to see what things start to flow into my life just by me being grateful. You rock Teresa!!!!
    Lori Robertson´s last blog ..How To Find Happiness Within Yourself

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks, Lori, in more ways than one!! :)

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  9. Teresa, this is a great idea and I never really thought of ever doing something like this. You have started me thinking now on what I am grateful for, etc. I will definitely try my best to implement this.

    Thanks again for a great post
    Corey
    Corey Ellis´s last blog ..How To Get One Way Links

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    Teresa Reply:

    Good luck, Corey! But don’t forget – you can implement gratitude in many ways. Find the one that’s right for you!

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  10. Thanks for the reminder Teresa. When we focus on the good things we get good things. I have always meant to start an actual journal – something I could look back on – this is a great nudge! I love the story about the “cretins” – i laughed out loud when I read that! Thanks for sharing!
    Jan Hill´s last blog ..Patient Relationship Marketing

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    Teresa Reply:

    Thanks, Jan! I hope your journaling goes wonderfully!

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  11. I liken Gratitude to being the prerequisite for blessings.
    If we are not grateful, we lose levels of stewardship. When we are less of a steward, we receive less to manage.
    Always improve upon all areas of stewardship, but understand what must come first is gratitude! Thanks a million, Teresa!
    Paul Klaszus´s last blog ..Practice Holding your Vision

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    Teresa Reply:

    I agree, Paul! And there is so much to be grateful for!

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  12. Hi Teresa,

    gratitude and/or appreciationa are vital for feeling good.

    I enjoyed reading your article, thank you.

    It all goes hand in hand with the work I am doing to raise my vibration and feel good, which means more good things can come into my life.

    Love and Joy
    from
    Yorinda
    Yorinda´s last blog ..Believe and achieve abundance

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