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  1. Hi Sherri,

    I am a big believer in the power of a gratitude journal. It makes a huge difference because you become aware of how many blessings you have. I learned about this when I was taking care of my mom has she dealt with terminal cancer. The little things, like being able to walk or to use the bathroom on your own, are gifts that so many of us take for granted.

    As much as it was heartbreaking to lose my mom so young, the experience was a great teacher. Happiness is really a possibility for all of us, it just requires us to look at life and ourselves differently.

    Please know if I can be of any help with the gratitude journal, please let me know. It truly is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

    Sorry for the extra enthusiasm but this topic is something I really believe in.

    Nadia-Happy Lotus’s last blog post..Weird Schmeird

  2. Steve B

    Hey Sherri

    It is funny that you wrote this post because I just started a gratitude journal about a week ago when I read an article about focusing thoughts on everything that is good in your life as a way to keep a positive attitude.

    So count me in on the adventure!

  3. Sherri,

    This sound like a great idea!

    I’m not ready to commit to a journal right now, but it seems like something that I could reflect on at bedtime. It is probably a pleasant way to fall asleep.

    Roger – A Content Life’s last blog post..How to See Clearly When You’re Worried

  4. I’ve considered doing this in the past, but have never quite got to it. I’m really glad you posted this today, as I am having a less than stellar one. Much of that has to do with my attitude, so today is a GREAT day for me to start a gratitude journal! I’m in!!! ~Tasha

    Tasha’s last blog post..feelin’ good!

  5. Sorry to say… No, I’m not up to the challenge (at this time).

    Cool picture of the flower. Anyone else think it kinda looks naughty?

  6. @ Nadia – I’m sorry to hear about your mom. You should be proud of taking such a heartbreaking experience and learning from it, pulling the positives from it. I can only imagine how difficult that would be. I’m really looking forward to starting this journal and will keep you posted with how it goes.

    @ Steve B – That IS great timing! I’m glad you’re in only good things can come of it.

    @ Roger – No worries. It’s great if you reflect on the good things that happened during the day and I agree that it’s a great way to fall asleep!

    @ Tasha – Hooray! I’m glad you’re in! Like I said in the post, I’m sure it’s more difficult to find things to be grateful for on a bad day but that’s when it may be the most helpful. I hope you find 5 things from today to be grateful for and realize just how lucky you are.

    @ FupDuckTV – No worries I’m sure you’ll start when you’re ready. :)

  7. Hi Sherri,

    Thank you so much for such a kind and sweet reply. I really appreciate it! Have a great night with your family! :)

    Nadia-Happy Lotus’s last blog post..Weird Schmeird

  8. Sherri,

    I did gratitude journalling for almost a year and that really turned my life around. Great post, and I hope many readers take your advice. I might start doing it again too!

    Daphne’s last blog post..17 Inspiring Examples of Personal Creeds

  9. Hi Sherri!

    This is powerful stuff. There’s been study which documents a significant increase in happiness simply from “counting our blessings”. Here’s a link referencing the study in case anyone’s interested.

    Okay, Sherri, I accept your challenge!

  10. @ Daphne – That’s wonderful I’m glad the exercise had such a profound affect on you! Does this mean you’re in for the next 30 days ;)

    @ Michael – Fantastic! I’m glad you’re in. Thanks for the link as well I’ll certainly check it out.

    Right, now off to make my entry for this evening…good night all :)

  11. MJ

    I’ve just come across your blog and I’ve been trying to be more postive in my attitude to life. (You get what you project “theory”)So I’ll give the journal a go. By the way I really like your keeping it short articles

  12. Hi Sherri! A gratitude journal really works wonders. Like right now, I have sore eyes (it’s not infectious I had to take a week off from work. But I’m really thankful for the time that I could rest, be with my family, catch up with blogging and just do some pretty nice things :-)

    Jocelyn of I TAKE OFF THE MASK’s last blog post..Do You Exercise Your Core Muscles?

  13. @ MJ – Hi and welcome! I’m glad you found us and thanks for the kind words. I think it’s wonderful that you’re going to give the journal a try. I’ll be checking back with you in a couple of weeks to see how you’re going. I really hope it will help you in your effort to being more positive. Thanks for your comment!

    @ Jocelyn – Hi it’s good to see you over here! I’m glad you’ve had a positive experience with a gratitude journal as well. That’s very encouraging. Thanks for your comment!

  14. Kim

    I’m in! I’ve done this several times in the past. Started out with great intentions. Fizzled out.

    Kim’s last blog post..I had a day

  15. @ Kim – Hi welcome! That’s great I’m glad you’re in. From what I’ve read and the positive experiences people have spoken about in the comments I’m looking forward to a very positive experience myself, and so far so good. Thanks for the comment!

  16. RaiulBaztepo

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  17. @ Raiul Baztepo – Welcome! I’m glad you liked the post I hope you’ll give the gratitude journal a try. Thanks so much for leaving a comment. Practice makes perfect when it comes to learning a new language so well done! :)

  18. Gratitude journals have been perfect for me to put my life in perspective, it really works. There are no terrible days anymore. Check out Chappale Linn Burton’s book “How To Choose Happiness…Most of the Time”, he has some excellent tips on other ways. I saw this recently too from his company…it made me smile!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jLRdF9gGW8

    Erica’s last blog post..Jazlyn Tumbled Down !

  19. @ Erica – Welcome! I’m glad you’ve found gratitude journals work as well, it’s great. Thanks for the youtube link…man is that laughter ever contagious! :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  20. Mary

    Sherri, I have just found this post, and it is very timely for me. I have been in a funk. I am aware that I have much to be grateful for, though I’m very dissatisfied lately. It would be a really good idea for me to keep a journal of gratitude, if I can get my ADD self to maintain focus. I will try!

  21. @ Mary – Well I’m glad you found this article and I really hope it helps you! I found that writing in my journal has helped a ton in making me see the positive side of pretty well every situation. I followed up with an article half way through the 30 day challenge so that might help you as well. http://www.serenejourney.com/2009/03/gratitude-journal-30-days-to-happiness-day-14/

    Good luck to you and I’d love to know how it goes.

  22. Vineet Thomas

    Great Post !!!

    I was feeling rather down and depressed after my mom passded away recently – she was suffering from Chronic Renal Failure since last 3 years.

    I used to maintain a gratitude journel some 2-3 months back but somehow I stopped maintaining it later on.

    But I want to start maintaining my Gratitude Journal again.

  23. I’m starting this today. I’ve reflected on things I’m grateful for for months, but physically writing them down will be great for me. :)
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  24. fion

    HI Sherri,

    I have this on my mind quite sometime ago.. to start a gratitude journal.I should learn how to be contented and give thanks to all the good things I have in life rather than alway grumble and sad over things that I do not have.
    How should I stat it ?

  25. Em

    I am totally up for the challenge! I plan on starting this tomorrow! It is such a great idea!

  26. C. Ann

    I think the 30 day challenge is a great idea. It’s often so hard to stick to something if you think it has no end. For me, knowing that I will assess my progress and re-think it in 30 days makes it seem not only do-able but enjoyable.
    Believe it or not, my shrink (who takes care of my meds and therapy) recommended journalling as the next step toward my wellness!
    Be back in 30 days !

  27. C. Ann This is fabulous! I hope after the 30 days you’ll realize all the benefits of maintaining a journal. It really does help keep you “on the look out” for positive things through out the day and gives you quite a shift in perspective. I’m happy you found this useful. If there’s anything I can do to help you succeed please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you in 30 days :)

  28. What are you grateful for today?
    Here’s my list!
    What’s yours?

    http://www.bukisa.com/articles/275044_what-are-you-grateful-for-today
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  29. Hi Sherry! It is often said that chance does not exist — I was just wandering in the web when I stumbled into your blog! I very often think about positive things in my life, but I had never considered the idea of writing them down — so, I’m going to start my gratitude journal tonight. Thanks very much, it’s a great opportunity for my search for happiness!
    Lorena from Italy

  30. michelle Johnatakis

    I have started a Gratitude Journal in the past…I am going to commit to this because I know it will have a huge impact on my life…I am up for the challenge!!

  31. Ann

    If this is still in progress – I’m in. Last week I lost $5 (all singles) that fell out of my pocket but I didn’t know I lost it. After a middle of the night storm with rain, thunder, lightning and wind, imagine my surprise to find five sincle dollar bills right next to my car the next morning. Call it weird, call it odd, call it what ever – I know the hand of God was there.

  32. I like you recommendation to only listing something you are grateful for once with no repeating entries. I think that is very important because it allows us to truly create a state of gratitude that shows us how abundant our lives really are. Thanks
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  33. anika001

    hmmm what a great idea…i think i should consider this challenge. a friend of mine told me before to do something like that but i refuse, but know i think i will give it a shot.
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  34. Samantha Price

    Hi,
    Just to let you know im starting the gratitude journal today :)
    Sam.

  35. Melissa Omolo

    Thanks Sherri for your article.I had no idea how to go about starting a gratitude journal.Now I know.

    I am not gonna carry out the challenge for 30 days, I am gonna take it to one year.

    Gratitude is the best attitude.

  36. Red

    So simple, easy & enlightening. Like opening a Big hidden door somewhere in the back to where the Magical Secrets lay, awaiting one day into the future to be discovered.

    I wrote one up for myself last night, something I have been meaning to do for a while. I was finally prompted to action that idea finally. I wonder why I never did it earlier :-)

    It looks like you discourage public posting of a Journal, however it took some Courage, but felt immensely full of Joy when I did so. True Honesty should return that result back.

    I do like the concept of non-repetition entries. With that in mind, you feel pressured somewhat to exercise your awareness on a daily basis and you can see how TRANSFORMATION starts to take place, through habitual change. However, some things we do take for granted – Like sleeping in a comfortable warm bed. A little thing, probably to you and I, but not… to some. A simple thing… or is it?

    Regards
    Red

  37. Michelle

    Im going to start my journal today!!!! Wish me luck!!!

  38. Sylvia

    Hello! I first saw you on Facebook somewhere…It was about a week or so ago. I thought “that is something I would like to try”. I didn’t save the link. Sigh. Well, I typed in “gratitude journal” and your website was in the top 10! Woo hoo. So happy I found you-oooo! I am taking the 30-day challenge. I’ll keep y’all posted. Today is day one.

    I am wanting to expand parts of my life and am finding that I am resisting. Consequently that which I am wanting to change is well, stagnant. I know that being grateful where I am right now, in this moment, is one of the keys to my expansion.

    Best regards,
    Sylvia in San Mateo, CA

  39. Ana

    hi Sherry,

    I was very excited to come across this article! I noticed you started this in ’09 but if you’re looking to start up again im definitely in!

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