Over the past year, I've had a few friends who recommend The Five-Minute Journal, but I have to admit it never really caught my interest. Okay, here's ONE MORE THINGthat's promising to revolutionize my life, I thought. But, honestly, after using it for just one week, I'm in love. I keep it by my bed and it's the first thing I do in the morning and last thing I do at night, and in just that short time it really has impacted how I feel about my day. So far it's the only gratitude practice I've stuck with EVER. (ps. Dani and I are giving one away as part of the #Gratitude30/#MVcoloryoursoul daily challenge!) *Amazon affiliate link
Marie Forleo on an Oft-Overlooked Element of Your Gratitude Practice
I LOVE this super simple AND super practical tip from Marie Forleo on how to make your gratitude practice even more impactful by making each thing you're grateful for HIGHLY specific. I've implemented this in my own practice and it actually has made a huge difference for me, because the more granular you allow yourself to be in the things you're grateful for, the more you start to see the sheer multitude of things there are to be grateful for.
Gratitude in ACTION! This video beautifully illustrates the powerful difference between thinking of someone you're grateful for and actually turning that gratitude into action. Watch as these people write a letter about someone they're grateful for and then take that one step further and actually read that letter to the recipient. I have to admit I found myself a little misty eyed at certain parts.
The thing I love about everything Brene Brown says is that it is rooted in actual research. Her theories are tested and they emerge through the work she does with real people. So when she says that the real positive effects of gratitude occur when you turn it into a practice, I believe her! I also love that she shares the simple ways her family has integrated gratitude into their evening ritual, and the impact that has made on their lives as a whole.
Effortless Inspiration Series: Gratitude by Dani DiPirro
Dani over at PositivelyPresent.com has a new series of books out called Effortless Inspiration, a 4-book series on different topics with one being Gratitude. Dani was nice enough to send me a copy and I'm keeping my Gratitude book on my desk all month long filled with inspiring quotes and easy exercises to bring more gratitude into your life. This month, instead of going to my usual Twitter or Instagram break in between tasks, I'm trying to replace that habit with a quick flip through this book to stay mindful of the positive influence more gratitude can have on my daily mood.
I found this playlist over on TED.com and while I haven't had a chance to watch all 7 talks yet, I definitely plan to set aside time this month to enjoy each one and get a more well-rounded view on how these smart folks view gratitude!