Challenge Accepted Part 2: Gratitude

June 2015 Guidepost to Wholehearted Living
Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

I’m accepting Kim’s challenge, too – keeping a gratitude journal of 5 things I’m grateful for each day.  I’ve been interested in the idea for a while now, and this is the perfect opportunity to give it a go!  I hope to follow a few tips from this Greater Good Science Center article about keeping a successful gratitude journal:

  • “Don’t just go through the motions. Research by psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky and others suggests that journaling is more effective if you first make the conscious decision to become happier and more grateful. ‘Motivation to become happier plays a role in the efficacy of journaling,’ says Emmons.

  • Go for depth over breadth. Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you’re grateful carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things.

  • Get personal. Focusing on people to whom you are grateful has more of an impact than focusing on things for which you are grateful.

  • Try subtraction, not just addition. One effective way of stimulating gratitude is to reflect on what your life would be like without certain blessings, rather than just tallying up all those good things.

  • Savor surprises. Try to record events that were unexpected or surprising, as these tend to elicit stronger levels of gratitude.”

Although the article also points out that occasional journaling is sometimes more effective than daily, I’m starting out with Kim’s 30 day challenge and then we’ll see where it goes from there. Regardless, it feels good to remember that there are abundant reasons to give thanks and I hope these moments can provide me with some zen and good feels throughout this month of June.


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