Pursuit of Happiness- Being Grateful (2)

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Gratitude comes in many forms. When we were kids, our parents, wanting us to be grateful for everything they sacrificed for us, focused on the “stuff”. But as we reflect on this we learned that gratitude is not “stuff”, gratitude is an emotion. When we remember the happy memories of when we received the new bike, book, car etc., then we experienced gratitude.

My mother always insisted that when I received a gift I must write a thank you note. I can remember thinking that a verbal ‘thank you’ was enough, but as I grew older and I received written ‘thank you’ notes, I realized that gratitude expressed verbally or written was a source of happiness for me.

So, how do we pursue gratitude? Here are some things to consider:

  1. Take a Gratitude Break. Some people do this when they first wake up or one of the last things before sleep. One way to articulate gratitude is at the dinner table with  your family.
  2. Be present in your moments. A friend of ours wrote us a brief note of thanks recently. We had invited him and his girlfriend to a Museum event that we enjoyed and he wrote: “Thank you for sharing your present moments with us.”
  3. Scale back. While social media is great, you can totally loose hours while “just checking email and Facebook. I’ll be with you in a few minutes.”  Before you know it, time has slipped away and your dinner is cold and that TV show is over!
  4. Start a Gratitude Journal.  How to do it? Here are some tips:
  •  Write 3 or more things daily in your journal. Avoid repeating the same things. As you challenge yourself to discover new things to be grateful for, you’ll start watching and listening for new gratitude experiences.
  •  It’s easy to list the material things – your home, your car, your phone, but what is hard is why you are grateful for these things. How do you feel about your home? Write about your feelings of security and comfort.
  • In addition to material things, there’s your talents and those things in your life that help you create your world. Start with the basics – your ability to write, see, watch, listen and being a good friend.
  • Write about the people in your life and how they make you feel. It’s easy to write about friends, family but how about that difficult co-worker?
  • Write about situations and events happy times and sad times.

As you write about your Gratitude Moments, you will quickly find that as you continue writing in your journal, your expectations and emotions will become positive and you will certainly be happier.


‘Til next time,


Happy Thanksgiving!


Be thankful for the many blessings you have and remember those to whom this day (and maybe the whole holiday season) will be difficult.

I am particularly grateful for you sharing your comments and posts with me this year.


What are you grateful for? (2)

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Remember this post?


What makes you happy? Did you realize that there are two major types of happiness? On one hand, there is the short-term type – for instance, you find a stamp, die-cut, or something “really great” happens and you erupt into a joyous “YES”!

The second type of happiness is long-term. You experience a deeper feeling of well-being, contentment and satisfaction with your life in general. It’s been said, that when we set a goal, no matter what it is and we work hard to achieve it, our happiness is doubled.

When I was in High School, I wanted a car. My parents said “they’d match every dollar I earned.” I can still remember the color of the car, the smell of the leather and the way the car responded to my touch. It was my “baby”! My Mom said I kept it cleaner than my room!

The lessons I learned affected the way I set goals and I appreciated the outcomes. I was grateful for the experiences.

Last month I spoke about making a journal. A journal, sketchbook or diary helps keep us all on track. One of the recurrent themes in my personal journal features the relationships I have with fellow crafters, journalers, family members and friends. I am so grateful to all of you who continually show me your support, your love and advice. I tell my rubber stamp students that we all share this great craft. We all learn from each other.

Pay it forward. Express your gratitude. As you go forward on your crafting journey, you’ll be surrounded by people who make your life richer.

~ Sallie



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I am blessed (2)

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Remember this?

When I was teaching about prayer in my Church’s Religious Education Program, I taught my students an acronym A C T S which stood for prayers of adoration (Praise), contrition, Thankfulness and supplication.  Whether you’re a practicing Christian or not, I am sure that you have offered one or more of these prayers over the last year.

I share this with you because recently I woke up feeling very grumpy and out-of-sorts. Oh, I’d slept well enough but I awoke with a sense of dread. I had some issues to resolve and suddenly my world seemed to be closing in on me. I set out to do my usual chores later that morning and prayed that I could just get through the day without being so depressed.

Lo and behold, several things happened that made me realize that a) I was blessed, b) I wasn’t practicing what I shared with you about feeling gratitude and showing it and c) I still had a lot to give others. First off, in the shopping carriage, someone had left their cane so I returned it to the Customer Service desk. I had to walk the length of the store to get there but as I soon discovered that was where I was supposed to be. As I proceeded down an aisle, I saw an older woman was balancing small boxes of cereal with one hand and holding onto her carriage with the other for support. Of course, gravity took over and she lost her balance and the boxes fell all over the floor. As I was picking them up for her, she said, “bless you for helping me.” The proverbial bell went off in my head – she was grateful and showed it.

I decided to take some pages in my journal to write out my blessings. I was amazed at how many I had. What I once thought were difficulties in my life turned out to be turning points. Have you ever thought about the thread that runs through your life? If you had attended a different college, you wouldn’t have met your spouse. If you had taken that job you wanted so badly, you’d be out of work now because the company went out of business. We all have those “what if’s” moments.

What if you sent a silly card to brighten someone’s day? Day 9 of Random Acts of Gratitude. Focus on the many blessings you have and show your thanks by sharing with others today.

‘Til next time,


My Blessings and Gratitude Pages (2)

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Remember this post from November 2016?

My Blessings and Grateful pages soon took on a life of their own and I began a Gratitude Journal. I transferred all the written pages to the new journal and copied the following saying to the cover:

” To create a poem, to write a story, in all the works of art you do, you are letting God express His gifts to the world through you.”

“Prosper the works of our hands.”

Here are some ideas on what to write in your Gratitude Journal:

  1. Stop. For a moment.
  2. Practice Mindfulness Meditation
  3. Make it a rule to write 5 things you are grateful for per day. Avoid repeating the same things. As time goes by, you’ll be challenging yourself to find new things to be grateful for.
  4. Write about basic material things you are grateful for. Don’t just list them. Express how they made you feel and why you’re grateful for them.
  5. Write about extended material things. If you love to paint for example, express gratitude for the ability to select colors and for the paint you can afford to purchase.
  6. Write about your abilities – not just being able to see – but how you can share what you know with others, how you’re a good friend, that you always try to be kind and considerate.
  7. Write about the people in your life – not just your family. You may find that over time that annoying co-worker is someone you are grateful for!
  8. Write about situations and experiences that have made you happy.
  9. Write about people who have influenced you life – what they did and how you felt.
  10. Write about your spouse and/or children. Write about the big and little things that enhance  your life.
  11. Answer the question: How do I show Gratitude today?


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