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A gratitude journal upgrade idea
Old 01-03-2018, 07:32 AM
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For those of you who are interested in gratitude journals -
I have a friend who is a therapist. She posted this idea online from one of her coworkers. I've been trying it out the past few days and have noticed my thinking is a lot more positive!

Basically, it states that despite our circumstances, when we focus on positive emotions we become healthier emotionally. To accomplish this, look for these positive emotions every day and (if you can) write them in a journal.
Gratitude
Admiration
Joy
Pride

I have really enjoyed looking for these things throughout my day. I think looking for things I admire in others have really helped me be less critical. Pride has also been helpful for me, because I also tend to be very critical of myself.

Hope someone else finds this helpful.


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Old 01-03-2018, 10:00 AM
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Thanks! I do something like this and, like you, I find myself looking for these things throughout the day and thinking, "I can put this in my book!" I also have Awe (which might be the same as Admiration...) in my journal.
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Old 01-03-2018, 10:01 AM
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Thanks for sharing this! I am a pretty positive, upbeat person, but this will help me be even more so!

I am doing a spin off of this idea for my DH's Christmas present next year.

Once a week, I am going to write down something I love, appreciate, find funny, etc. about him. I am going to write it down on a small slip of paper and tie it with ribbon. I will collect these in a jar all year. Then, give it to him Christmas Day. I did this for my 3 kids a couple years back and they all said it was the best present ever.

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Old 01-03-2018, 11:10 AM
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I love these ideas! I especially love the "52 Reasons Why I Love You" for a Christmas gift for DH.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:33 AM
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DS and I make a gallon size pickle jar into our "journal." We had a good time plutting stickers and things on it after I made the label.

We will find at least 1 thing to put in in each week. My plan is to write them on index cards, and at the end of the year (after we read them), put some of the favorites into a photo album with pockets for DS to keep. I totally sucked at keeping up with his baby book, and now I find so many things he says hilarious. I want to record them for him.

I may post a photo of our jar later.


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great idea
Old 01-03-2018, 12:01 PM
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I'm trying to stay more optimistic this year. This will be a good way to help.
I was given a small student planner with lined spaces for every day of the year. I'd wondered what to do with this and nearly threw it out, but I have found its purpose. Thanks
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:16 PM
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Love your idea! I kind of miss going to my counselor.
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I love this thread!
Old 01-03-2018, 12:22 PM
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I read a book that talked about writing down 3 things for which you were grateful that day.

I also saw on Pinterest about the jar idea. Whenever something good happened, you just wrote it down on a small piece of paper and then read the papers at the end of the year.

Another take on that could be to even write about the not-so-good things. Then after reading all the papers at the end of the year, make 2 piles --good and yucky -- and see which is larger.

Thank you so much for this thread!!
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:43 PM
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This is a great idea. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 01-03-2018, 04:37 PM
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I love this idea! I just added it to my journal. Thanks for sharing!


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Old 01-03-2018, 05:40 PM
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I started today!

I also started my husband's I Love You jar. I have 3 rolls added to the jar already. I think this will really help me appreciate him more throughout the year. "Force" me to think of the good, even when we may not be getting along (rare, thankfully!!!!).

I will likely end up with more than 52, but who knows. Once school begins again, I'll have other things needing my attention.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:15 PM
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Ok, I started my journal today. I have done this before and then dropped off once school started to get crazy, but I am really dedicated to doing this. I think it's so important in these times to do anything we can to take the focus off of the negativity. Thank you for the idea!!
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:23 PM
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Thank you for sharing! I LOVE the idea of a gratitude journal!

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Old 01-03-2018, 08:32 PM
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Glad there's many of us doing some sort of gratitude thing! Thanks for all the new ideas. Maybe we can check in periodically and see if we're all still hanging on!
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Old 01-04-2018, 05:13 AM
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I try o remember to do the gratitude journal each night. I like the idea of using the feeling words as a prompt. I'm going to give it a try! Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:16 PM
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There is a gratitude app where you can set reminders to remind you to stop and journal what you are grateful for each day. You can even take pictures and add them to your written part. It gives you some prompts and you can add your own prompts.

I think the app is called Grateful. The first qt entries are free. Then it is 3.99.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:52 AM
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I love the idea of a reminder ap. I am going to set a daily remind on my phone for my journal and a weekly reminder for the jar for my DH. I'm feeling more positive already! Thanks for the inspiration, friends. I am grateful for, and admire you, and you bring me joy! And, I am proud of you all! (That's my entry for today- thanks!)

I wonder if anyone would want to start a daily post to keep us going? I'll start one today for us!
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Old 01-05-2018, 10:52 AM
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When I say my prayers I always add what I’m grateful for. For many many years it has been the simple child-like phrase, “Thank you God for this nice warm bed.” I have to admit that I love being under my comforter and hate to get up. I am also aware of the many homeless including the man in the wheelchair by our Starbucks two blocks away. (Yes, people have tried to help him by raising money the last two years.)

I am retired so have much more time now to reflect on what i’m grateful for. In the busyness of a school year that can be difficult.

This year my personal ring bound planner has inserts with gratitude pages. Also, I ordered a lovely hand-painted colorful gratitude jar from Etsy. Both just arrived and are already filled with some of my gratitudes.

I’m all for a Gratitude group if this takes off!

P.S. The app sounds great, however I am more of a pen and paper girl for this type of thing.

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Old 01-05-2018, 11:03 AM
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Iím trying to upload a photo of my gratitude jar. If it doesnít work this time I might need some advice.

The photo has not uploaded after 4 tries.
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:41 PM
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Thanks for trying! Iím grateful for your efforts, and proud of your persistence.
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:27 PM
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I learned this about uploading pics to PT. They need to be 640 pixels max width/height.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:42 PM
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I just took the photo with my IPadand donít know how to change the pixels. Thanks for the help. Iíll keep trying.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:56 PM
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Last photo try. It is so pretty or I wouldnít keep trying .
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:02 PM
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I couldnít go to my photos. I had to take the photo through Proteacher so that they would resize it. Please just turn it because I am not going to try to fix the sideways.
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The top of the jar. I did not mean to hijack this thread.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:36 PM
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How did you do the artwork on the jar?
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:51 PM
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Sometime in November I searched for gratitude jars and found this one on Etsy. Her painting is just lovely.
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