Our theme this month is “Expressing Gratitude” — a topic of conversation in our Connections Classes, Day Program, and our Health Lecture on Nov. 14th at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall (SGG) in Bluffton.  Please read the article below discovered by Cathee Stegall, Community Services Director, to consider the benefits of starting a gratitude journal.

Keeping a gratitude journal is a very straightforward exercise for your brain.

All you do is record things you recently experienced for which you are grateful. You can do this in a fancy paper journal, on a blog, with the help of an app, or on some stapled-together scrap paper. You can write, sketch, make lists, compose haikus, or do whatever else fits your style.

Record whatever you notice, however it suits you. There is no expectation as to how much you record, or what kinds of things you record. Your entries may vary from the obvious (having food and shelter) to the geeky (that awesome thing you just learned), from the mundane (getting the last piece of spinach quiche at the deli) to the grandiose (the beauty of the universe.)

Science suggests once a week. Really, you can’t do it wrong. But studies have found that some approaches bring better results. Studies have shown that the practice is typically more effective once a week than when you do it every day. The reason may be that you may find yourself repeating yourself a lot, or not having anything significant to record on a given day, which makes the practice seem dull. If you do it once a week, you might find yourself looking forward to it and having more interesting and meaningful things to record.


Copyright (c) 2012, Scott K. Crabtree

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