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Has any one used the idea of a "gratitude" diary?

Asked by Just_Justine (6443 points ) March 23rd, 2010

Where you should list at least five things daily that you are grateful for? According to this process the list gets longer once you start doing this. Have you tried it, did it work?

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meagan's avatar

Don’t Nuns do something like this? ‘Good idea, though.

bob_'s avatar

You mean, like Thanksgiving?

ChocolateReigns's avatar

I like the idea. I’ve never done it myself, no.

Just_Justine's avatar

@ChocolateReigns maybe we should try it for a week? they say it works!

ChocolateReigns's avatar

@Just_Justine Works for what? I guess it would help you (you in general, meaning everybody) to see how good your life really is, and it would help put you in a better mood.

bellusfemina's avatar

Try it, if only in your head. Counting your blessings will help you be a happier person. I’ve had to do that in my life, since sometimes I focus on just the negative things.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I have never tried it,but I am reminded daily of what I am thankful for :)

partyparty's avatar

Before I get out of bed each morning, I think of as many good reasons why I am grateful for my life. That way I start my day feeling positive. Oh and it does work.

wundayatta's avatar

I have always been grateful for things, even in the depths of my darkest depression. The basic thing that I am grateful for is the gift of life. Nothing would be possible without that. Ironically, I was both grateful for it and considering giving that gift back at the same time.

It’s easy to find things to be grateful for. I’m not sure that changes anything.

cak's avatar

I guess I had to find the silver lining in my situation, so at night, I journal. Each night, I write what I need to write and then I add a couple of things to the end. If something bothered me, I write about it and try to resolve it in my head – or at least make a plan of action to deal with the issue. Then, I write what I am grateful for – some are silly things, some are deeper issues. I don’t always write five, but I write something daily. It’s amazing how much it can impact you, if you allow the possibility of change. I’m not saying you will blossom into something different overnight, but you sure might change how you look at some stuff that happens – over time.

thriftymaid's avatar

No. I’ve always reflected each day on that which I have to be thankful for.

Pandora's avatar

No but daily random thoughts will pop in my head and I will usually think of something or someone I am greatful for.
Like some days I am greatful for the people on fluther who make me smile when I need to smile and who challenge my ideas or simply give me support.
Lurve to my fellow flutherites.
(see I hate saying nice things. It always sounds so *ss kissy.)
But I do mean it. :D

booming's avatar

Yes, it works! I use thankfulfor.com journal. Give it a try, you’ll like it :)
Recently, I found another one similar to the above – GratitudeLog.com.

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