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The Gratitude Diaries Reflection

March 13, 2017

How was your weekend? We had the funkiest weather and woke up to snow yesterday morning. And while it never warmed up to the 70+ degrees we’ve become used to, the weather did make for a perfect day to stay inside curled up with a good book.  And I’m very happy to say I did just that!

I picked up The Gratitude Diaries on the suggestion of another blogger and am so glad I did.  I loved following Janice Kaplan’s year of gratitude and she definitely inspired me to approach life with a more grateful attitude.  She approached the act of being grateful very scientifically and sought advice from numerous experts, learning the many different approaches to and positive benefits of expressing gratitude on a regular basis.

Kaplan focuses on a different aspect of her life each month: her marriage, her children, her job, her health and so on. Along the way she finds reasons to be grateful, even in the unlikeliest of circumstances. She also discovers that by being grateful, those around her also start to view their lives with more grateful eyes.

My favorite chapter was definitely the one where she focuses on her marriage. Although much longer than mine, I felt like her concerns echoed mine. By all accounts, her husband was fantastic, but she found herself focusing too much on his quirks and voicing her complaints more often than her appreciation.  I often hear the words coming out of my mouth as negative, but can’t stop them. And while I don’t think I’m a bad wife by any means, I can certainly work to be a more grateful one.

For me, one of the biggest takeaways was that just feeling grateful isn’t enough to gain the health benefits. You need to actively express it, either out loud or in writing.  I have taken that piece of advice to heart and am trying to more actively express gratitude throughout the day, especially to the people around me.

So in that same vein, I would like to tell you all how grateful I am for you! I started this blog on a whim and am so exceptionally grateful for it to have turned into something bigger than I could have ever hoped for. Thank you sweet readers for coming on this journey with me.

What are you grateful for today?

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