I have a confession. I purchased a gratitude journal and HAVE NOT written one thing down YET! I’ve had it for over a month. Sheesh! I have to overcome my fear of writing. It all started with people I was in a relationship with reading my journals and invading my privacy and now I’m so afraid to write down anything. Usually, if I do, I’ll keep it for a few days and then toss it out. I also have a fear of dying and my friends and family come to clear out my condo and find my journal and then learning all my secrets.
I guess I shouldn’t care because I’ll be dead right? But still, it’s a HUGE fear of mine. But I MUST overcome this. Maybe we can do this together? Do you have a gratitude journal? Or any journal of any kind? Do you have any tips or tricks for me to overcome my fear of writing? I was watching a video the other day with Esther Perel, who is my new favorite Belgian beauty who is a relationship expert, author, and speaker; she was speaking about how the Hindu’s talk about how the writing through the hand conveys the emotion. By writing and keeping a gratitude journal it can bring about a range of impressive benefits for just expressing things we are grateful for. Studies have shown that there are overwhelming results just from keeping a daily gratitude journal. Some of those are:
• Stronger immune systems
• Less bothered by aches and pains
• Lower blood pressure
• Exercise more and take better care of their health
• Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More alert, alive, and awake
• More joy and pleasure
• More optimism and happiness
• More helpful, generous, and compassionate
• More forgiving
• More outgoing
• Feel less lonely and isolated.
With Thanksgiving vastly approaching this may be a good time more than ever to purchase a journal or maybe you’re like me and just need to brush the dust off the one you already have. Interested in the one I purchased? I got it off Amazon just click the image and it’ll take you there. Some of you might say, I never know what to say I’m thankful for or you may even feel like, life is so tough and you don’t have anything to be thankful for right now. Here are just some ideas of things you can be thankful for
I’m thankful to have a roof over my head. (Rather you live in a house, condo or an apartment, be thankful. Near my home, there is a homeless shelter and often I see people sleeping on the street. It is truly a blessing to have a warm bed to sleep in every night)
I’m thankful to have a family and friends that love me, no matter how big or small.
I’m thankful to wake up every morning and receive a second chance. (Don’t take this for granted. Having a second chance opens up an opportunity for a lot of things. Like the opportunity to apologize or to get up and try again.)
I’m thankful to have a meal to eat every day.
I’m thankful to have clothes on my back.
I’m thankful to have an open heart to let people in, and I’m thankful to have a heart that refuses to let those same people go. (sometimes also you can be thankful for the gift of goodbye! My circle looks a lot different than it did just two years ago but I’m thankful that God has moved people out and made room for newness)
I’m thankful to have things I’m good at. (Don’t think you’re good at anything? Can you boil an egg? Can you cook rice without it being in a bag? Well, you’re good at something! I’m actually a really good cook and can’t do either of those to save my life!!
I’m thankful to have a God that forgives me and loves me and gave me life.
Still looking for a way to give thanks?
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I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and that you eat great meals, have great conversation and most importantly you are kind to yourself. See you all soon.