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Wholehearted Living: Gratitude

Wholehearted Living: Gratitude jillconyers.com @jillconyers #gratitude

Gratitude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

When I hear the word gratitude I know what it means and I know think I am a grateful person, but I questioned whether or not I truly acknowledge gratitude on a daily or even a weekly basis. I thought gratitude is one of those things that just simply is. Know what I mean? My thinking was challenged when I read somewhere that gratitude is a practice. A concept that intrigued me enough that, for the past 30 days, I’ve kept a gratitude journal. I kept it very simple and private with the intention of the words meaning more than just ink on paper and the actions meaning more than just going through the motions.

30 days of gratitude. 30 days of noticing the little things that make my life wonderful. 

Think about it. How amazing is it that we have so much to be grateful for? I don’t mean the homes we live in, the cars we drive or the money we earn. I’m talking about hearing laughter, holding my husband’s hand, a sunset, the powerful sound of a waterfall, a walk in the park and the taste of chocolate.

The challenge is to not let those little things go unnoticed and unappreciated. The challenge is to feel AND express gratitude as a regular practice.

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I am grateful for…

  • birds outside of my home office window that sing when the sun starts to come up
  • conversations with my kids
  • cooking with veggies and herbs from my garden
  • warm waffles with fruit
  • running at sunrise

I have decided to continue the gratitude journal. The practice is beginning to feel like a natural part of my day.

Be present. Be grateful for the things that make life amazing!

Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? What are 2 things you’re grateful for today? Are you intentional about daily gratitude?

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  1. I am all for the gratitude journal – it’s amazing how intention changes our lives so profoundly!

  2. I kept a gratitude journal for a while – as you said, it really was very helpful drawing my focus to all of the small things that really make life great. Today I am grateful for having some quiet time just sitting on the deck with my son talking and reading – made for a nice afternoon!

  3. Gratitude is an amazing thing and I’m fascinated that more people aren’t aware of the impact of gratitude on one’s health! I took a class around happiness and found it very interesting! I’m grateful for my supportive family and friends 🙂

  4. I’ve never kept a gratitude journal but in December the boys each write something down each night (on of our count-down things) – I should participate, too.

  5. I honestly couldn’t be more grateful for EVERYTHING in my life! EVERYTHING. Even when I am having a rough day… I still am thrilled with my life 🙂

  6. I’ve been doing the 100 Happy Days challenge and am coming to the final couple of weeks– it makes me think of all the things I am grateful for. Right now i am grateful for early sunrises and late sunsets. I’m grateful for bike rides after dinner, sprinkler days and cooking food that comes from my backyard! I’m grateful the gift of time!

  7. It’s so important to be appreciative of both the little and big things in life. As I get older, conversations with good friends and relatives take on a greater meaning and they become good memories to be grateful for. Excellent post, I love the idea of a gratitude journal, not only for ourselves, but what a great thing to pass down to our generations for them to look back and know us for being grateful:)

  8. Yes! I have been doing this for a few years however not as consistent as I should be. Lately I have been doing 3 things right when I wake up in the morning and then adding little ones throughout the day. Today I am grateful for REST! Crossing off to-dos! A disconnected (from phones/life) dinner with friends.

  9. I’ve yet to have a gratitude journal, but I’ve thought about making a gratitude jar which I put paper notes of positivity inside!

  10. I don’t keep a gratitude journal, but as I’ve gotten older, I definitely make a point to appreciate and be grateful for the little things in life. Life goes so quickly and we can easily take for granted all the good in our lives, so I think it’s important to be grateful for those things. Today, I’m grateful for the fact that my body is able to support two human being and I’m grateful for my husband. I find that my love for him has grown more and more!

  11. I love the idea of this! I used to have a box where I’d throw little notes on things that made me happy in there, and it’d invariably be of the people/events/things that I was grateful for. Going through it never failed to cheer me up on bad days! :]

  12. I have kept one in the past….it really helped me to focus on the stars instead of the mud!! Today I am grateful for having the ability to go to the gym before work so that I can veg with my chickies when the day is done….and having two beach babies (they know my heart!)

  13. I’ve never kept a gratitude journal. For a long time, each day on my blog, I’d make a “To Enjoy List” rather than a to do list. It was similar to listing out what I was grateful for basically. Today I am grateful that my husband ran a few miles with me and that we are both strong and healthy enough to do so.

  14. Gratitude is such a powerful practice. I love keeping a gratitude journal or just going through things I’m grateful for in my head before bed. I’ve definitely noticed feeling more at peace at night, which translates to a happier morning too!

  15. I actually started practicing gratitude late last year and I noticed that it made a HUGE difference in my overall level of happiness. I feel like we generally prevent ourselves from being as happy as we could be simply because we overlook all the great little things and focus on the bigger things that we feel we lack… when it’s those little things that add up to become HUGE things.

    2 things I’m grateful for this morning: the light rain outside making everything feel cozy inside, and being able to enjoy my favourite breakfast while reading blogs 🙂

  16. so true! we can be grateful but practicing gratitude means taking action, well to me it does. Write it down, say it out loud, yes! i will! thank YOU

  17. Jill! I swear, we must be the same person, just miles and years apart, because, well, I kept a gratitude journal for quite some time on my journey to becoming happier, that started this fall. Then it turned into an app on my phone, now I just do it in my head 🙂

    Two things I’m grateful for:
    Birds chirping outside my window, while I work away on my thesis
    Sunshine on my face!

    1. Ok, not so many years 😉

      It is my thought that if I continue the journal the practice of gratitude will become a part of who I am and it will not depend on whether or not I keep the journal. Make sense? What app did you use?

      1. Oh my goodness, I was NOT calling you old <3 You look so young, but I know you're my age, since you have two kids 😛 <3 ANYWAY – I had a few apps one was daily gratitude I believe! I literally just searched on the app store until I found some 🙂 which I now have deleted cause there's not enough storage on my iPhone. Silly Apple…

        1. Oh no! I was totally joking Amber. Not offended in the least and didn’t give it another thought 🙂 I’m going to check out the apps. Thanks!

  18. I’m a huge fan of reflecting on all the things you are grateful for. I did a gratitude challenge for Thanksgiving last year and it was a great way to remind myself of what the season was all about.

    1. Hi Cori, was the challenge a gratitude journal? Mind if I ask if (or how) you continued after the challenge? My thinking is if I continue the journal the practice of gratitude will become a part of who I am and it will not depend on whether or not I continue the journal.

      1. I made a Gratitude calendar and wrote down one thing each day for the month of November. I didn’t stick to it after November because holidays and traveling got in the way. I would definitely love to do something more consistent though.

  19. I love the idea of a gratitude journal! I have so, so much to be grateful for and I like how you keep it in your everyday thoughts. I always for grateful to be out on a run. Always. Especially when I’m having a bad day, I think of how lucky I am to be healthy and be able to be outside running! It turns my attitude around every time.

    1. Hi Allie, the journal has made me so much more aware. Gratitude is no longer something that just is.

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