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:







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.”



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Old is New again

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Have you ever started a journal, got 3 pages in and then abandoned it to a shelf and forgotten it? Sometimes writing a journal is too ambitious or not interesting. Sometimes it is too time-consuming and sometimes you’re just not in the mood. What other choices do you have?

Back in January I wrote a post for my other blog, entitled Your long-lost and best possible self  see below:

Why not take this idea and transform it? Write yourself a letter, summing up your year so far and what you want to accomplish in the next several months. Put the letter in your underwear drawer and read it every now and again.

I read a suggestion that I had not thought of – say you have 3 or more journals that you found on that shelf. Tear out a few pages from each of them. Staple them together with a blank page in the front and back. Put them in a drawer where you will see them. When you feel like it, write some comments in different colored inks, such as what has changed in your life now.

Make a list of phrases you started using in the last 3 years. Where did you hear them first? Why did you start using them? This is different from a Dictionary Journal. A friend of mine used to have a rather large collection of Webster Dictionaries dating back about 10 years. He liked to review how word meanings changed from year to year. The collection over took his library so he resorted to journaling. Remember when the word ‘web’ meant a spider’s lair or a web of lies? Now of course ‘web’ has a world-wide conation! (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Please feel free to comment on what you have done with your un-finished journals.  Thanks in advance.


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