How do you Acknowledge your Gratitude?

Do we really need to keep a gratitude journal to show our gratitude?  I recently turned on my Kindle and decided to get back into reading Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project.  I discovered the book at Christmas time and found it helpful to get me over my holiday blues.  While I loved the book, it was too much to read all at once, so I decided to read it bit at a time.  This time, when I turned on the Kindle, I noticed I was in the section about writing a gratitude journal.  I chuckled as I recently blogged about my experience in starting one of my own.

Gretchen wrote about her experience in writing a gratitude journal where she felt that after a while, it was forced.  As I read this, I realized that I might be forcing my own gratitude journal.  While I do agree it has helped me feel much more positive about life, I will acknowledge that some days, I feel like I am writing “because I am supposed to” rather than because I am actually acknowledging that which I am grateful for.  She offered some alternatives, which I thought were interesting.  My favorite one is where she sits in a quiet place and thinks about that which she is grateful for, allowing it to consume her mind, body and spirit.  As I write this blog, I am imagining how this type of acknowledgement must feel, and I notice I am feeling very soothed.

I wonder – Do we need to write a gratitude journal?  Perhaps there are other ways to acknowledge our gratitude and the good things that exist or come into our lives.  At the end of the day, we just want to feel good, right?

Now I ask you – How do you acknowledge your gratitude?  Please share.

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About georgiegirlconfections

I've always dreamed of starting my own business one day. My struggle wasn't about how to do it, but instead, what I wanted to do. I realized how much I love baking - it is what I turn to when I am bored or stressed. There are so many things to create and so many ways in which to create them. I look forward to sharing my favorite treats with you.
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One Response to How do you Acknowledge your Gratitude?

  1. Kathy says:

    I definitely felt toward the end that I was forcing mine a bit. Instead, I started seeing my gratitude as I went through the day. I don't necessarily need to write it down, but I do need to acknowledge it. And somehow that not only feels less forced, it's a lot more immediate and harder to forget by the end of the day!

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