Monday, December 1, 2008

Gratitude

I spent some time this past weekend catching up on my magazine reading. I’m sure it’s because of the season, but I was surprised to come across three separate articles about gratitude and happiness. I consider myself a very happy person and I certainly feel gratitude for all the blessings and joys in my life. However, even though I’ve tried, I’ve never managed to keep a gratitude journal for more than a day or two. One of the articles I read suggested keeping such a journal for at least a month with the idea that doing so might help to ease a specific issue that a person is dealing with. This article asked three women to name an issue that is a struggle; the women then kept a gratitude journal for a month and afterwards reviewed their issue to see if it had improved. Not surprisingly, all three felt better at the end of the month. Given that today is the first day of not only my favorite month, but also the busiest month, I’ve decided that I’m going to give this a try. In addition to any regular blog entries I write, I’ll also post daily what I feel especially grateful for. The issue I deal with constantly, and even more so in December, is taking time to relax, to take a breath and let the cares of the day fall off my shoulder. Just writing this blog helps me with that; I’m anxious to see if purposefully expressing gratitude daily helps get me through this month, enjoying it to the fullest.

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