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.

GrandparentsFamily

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

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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?

~Sallie

Remembering Gratitude

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Gratitude revisited from November 2015.

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. 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, listen and being a good friend.

 

 

Gratitude Revisited

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Once again in November we write about Gratitude. Like many of you, I am sure, I have faced challenges this year. The truth is we should be grateful every day and express our feelings to our friends and family. Too often we get caught up in the daily grind, the “one foot in front of the other” slogging through life, the politics of our town and of course our country. I thought that this month, we could revisit some “oldies but goodies” – past posts about Gratitude. The themes of each are still true today.

Blessings,

Sallie

 

In Pursuit of Happiness be grateful

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Gratitude comes in many forms. it’s about relationships, experiences and moments. If I want to be happy, I need to experience gratitude. Here’s what I try to do everyday:

a) I take a Gratitude Break. If I’m feeling down about something, I stop for about 10 minutes and think about past and present experiences and the people I just couldn’t live without.

b) I try everyday to be present and aware and live in the moment.

c) I remember to breathe.

d) I try to live simply.

e) I write in my Gratitude Journal.

Since I create and sell greeting cards, I send Friendship and Thank You cards a lot. Some of my cards are below:

Daisies

Daisies

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

 

Remembering

Some of my cards have sentiments I have shared previously, but if you want to write a letter, Hallmark has some hints for you from their blog:

This has been a challenging time, and I appreciate you so much.”

  • “You have no idea how much your help has meant.”
  • “For all the little and big ways you’ve pitched in…thanks!”
  • “There was nothing random about your acts of kindness. Thank you for all you have done.”
  • “I can never thank you enough. But this is a start.”
  • “You always know how to make life brighter for everyone you know.”
  • “I can’t possibly repay you.”
  • “You are always so helpful.”
  • “You make the world a nicer place.”
  • “You went above and beyond, and I am touched and grateful.”
  • “You took common courtesy to an uncommon level. We’re so grateful for your help.”

 

 

Thank you for following my blog!

~Sallie

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