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I'm sharing my favorite gratitude journal framework today
We all know it’s important to be grateful. That gratitude makes everything in our lives better. That there’s some special magic in gratitude that turns whatever we have into exactly the right amount.
I talk to people all the time who are embarrassed because they “just don’t get” gratitude journaling.
They’ve tried listing out things they’re grateful for like everyone says to do, but it doesn’t do much for them. They feel like they’re just going through the motions, checking off the gratitude box, and find the practice gets really stale really fast.
But gratitude journaling doesn’t have to be this way!
It SHOULDN’T be this way!
The whole magic in gratitude journaling is to really in feeling the full weight of your gratitude. And if we’re journaling just to check the box, we’re depriving ourselves of the prime benefits of gratitude.
Here’s a framework I love to use:
What am I grateful for?
Why am I grateful? (Sometimes it helps to imagine my life without it.)
How can I show my gratitude?
It’s amazing how this trio of questions deepens my gratitude as I really reflect on the WHY I’m grateful and the HOW I can demonstrate it.
Here’s an example:
I’m grateful for my phone.
My phone helps me stay touch with people who matter to me. I can use it to call my mom on my way to work, text my sister, email my mother-in-law, send a video message to my best friend out in California. Without it, these relationships would be harder to maintain because I’d have to rely on letters and visits which would require much more planning and many more resources.
I can show my gratitude by calling my mom, texting my sister, emailing my mother-in-law, and sending that message to my best friend out in California. And to do so promptly, without letting messages sit unopened in my inboxes.
This takes my gratitude from the general “in theory” variety and elevates it to a full-body form of gratitude that I can take off the page and into my life so I can truly live it.
What are you grateful for this week?
How will you show your gratitude?
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Weekly Journal Prompts:
Use these prompts as written or as inspiration to uncover what you need in your life this week. And know that I’m always here to support you and answer questions you have along the way!
Who is someone special you’re grateful for?
Write about a situation you didn’t feel grateful for at the time, but now can look back on with gratitude.
What is something that makes your life easier?
What does gratitude feel like?
Where do you feel gratitude in your body?
One Journaling Idea I Love:
Grateful in Advance
Usually when we keep a gratitude journal, we write down things we already have that we’re grateful for. But did you know you can be grateful in advance?
Write in your journal how grateful you are for those things that are yet to happen, as if you’ve already received them. Allow yourself to fully feel the weight of your gratitude.
You can also do this as a letter. Write yourself a letter from the future, full of gratitude for those things you want to come true.
Gratitude attracts more things to be grateful for!
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I work with clients both 1:1 and in my group programs to develop journaling practices that help you design and live a life you don’t want a vacation from.
My group program, Better Me in 2023, is designed for ambitious, goal-focused achievers who are easily overwhelmed by overcommitment and perfectionism.
Each month we’ll journal our way to improvement in a different area.
And you can start in December with a month of reflection and goal setting to give yourself a Better Launch into the new year!
Jump in for the months and themes that call to you or sign on for a longer adventure.
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