Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What's a Gratitude Journal?

I love researching and looking for things, information.  After choosing my "One Little Word"  I entered it into google and played.  In t he back of my mind I remember seeing Oprah clips about keeping a gratitude journal.  I remember you were supposed to write down 5 things every night that you were grateful for.

So I googled "Gratitude Journal".  There were some really good articles.One article I read was "How to Keep a Gratitude Journal".  It gave a few simple steps.  Interestingly enough there was another post about keeping a "Gratitude Calendar" - writing intentions.  I need to play with these ideas.

In the back of my mind I kept thinking there had been a book about gratitude on one of the talk shows.  Well I found a clip where Oprah was talking with Sarah Ban Breathnach about her book "Simple Abundance".  A book I have not read.  Now I have two books on my list to read.

The video clip was interesting and told the back-story of how Oprah came to find out about the book.  I enjoyed the clip.  And want to see if I can find the original show that Oprah did about the book "Simple Abundance".

It has always amazed me that when I start to study something it shows up everywhere.  The basic steps that I read about and am planning on trying.

1.  Pick a notebook or journal to write in.

2.  Look for things during the day that I am grateful for.  Make mental notes.  

3.  Write 5 things I am grateful for every night.  Write a few words about each blessing.

4.  View obstacles as opportunities to appreciate.

5.  Focus on the wonderful things in life.  This becomes a "Positive Energy Magnet".

6.  Personalize the journal.  Keep clippings, pictures etc.

I can tell this "One Little Word" is taking on a life of its own. I must have really needed this.  Today is only the 4th day of focusing on this word and its meaning,  and I already have two books I want to read. 


  1. It all sounds wonderfully interesting. And, I was in a woman's group for a long while, although we're not together any more, and we used the Simple Abundance book at each gathering. I loved the way she gave ideas to think about. I bet you can find one at a used bookstore too. Thanks for sharing what you're doing!

  2. What did you like best about the book?

  3. View obstacles as opportunities to appreciate. Wow! I love to hear this. I caught myself reding this line over nd over again. Even in silence, it still echoes within my neurons. I appreciate every ideas you have listed here. There are a lot of things in life that I should be thankful for.


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