My Issue With Gratitude

November 29
My Issue With Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

How are you with gratitude? I can’t say I’m the best.

In the fall my Bible study group read Ann Voskamp’s 1000 Gifts. We were supposed to work on our own thankfulness journal, counting our way up to 1000 daily gifts, big or small. We were supposed to. I didn’t.

It wasn’t, and isn’t, so much because I’m not thankful for the life I have, it’s more than I have a hard time remembering the importance of literally counting my blessings, of consciously thinking about what I am thankful for, writing it down and meditating on it.

I think “Yeah, yeah, yeah that’s all good, but I don’t have time to dwell on these things, I have too much to do and when I have downtime I want to chill, not count.”

But the reality is that counting your blessings, counting your thanks, keeping a gratitude journal — whatever you want to call it — has actually been proven to change your attitude. In fact, Marie Forleo cites one study showing that a specific gratitude practice can make you “more elated, excited and alert… and less tired, sad and lethargic.” I’m generally a pretty positive person, but I’d love some elation, excitement and alertness.

I’ve already been working on implementing what Marie calls “NNT” — non-negotiable time. These are things that you do every day, no matter what. They’re non-negotiable. The first two things on my list were yoga and Bible study. So every day for the last two months I have done yoga. I’ll admit the Bible study slips every once in a while (Beth Moore Bible studies take a long time!).

Now I want to add another NNT — one entry into a thankfulness journal every day, again courtesy of Marie. I’ve learned that just thinking about gratitude isn’t enough — writing it down is important.

In honor of Thanksgiving I wanted to give you some thankfulness advice, but I think I’ve just talked myself out of that job.

So instead, I’m going to send you on your way with some posts from others about thankfulness, said better than I could.

“The Most Powerful Gratitude Practice You’re Not Doing” by Marie Forleo

“I Thank, Therefore I Am” by Michael Hyatt

[Update] “The Gratitude Advantage: Four Ways Giving Thanks Improves Your Life” by Michael Hyatt

1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp

I hope you had a happy holiday weekend, or if you’re in another country, a happy weekend.

xx Margaret

P.S. Am I the only one that struggles with gratitude? Do you? I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Reply Judy November 29 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Margaret, First let me say that, no you are not the only one who struggles with gratitude. In fact, I know very few people who don’t. If any. You are well on your way to overcoming that challenge by making good use of a gratitude journal. (A practice that I preach but have not yet undertaken…hmmm). Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! P.s. I loved 1000 Gifts:).

    • Reply November 29 at 10:41 pm

      That’s a relief Judy! Well I’ll let you know how the gratitude journal goes — but now that I’ve made it public I guess I really have to do it! I’ll let you know how it goes. Happy Thanksgiving!

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