World Gratitude Day

One of the things I frequently get comments on and questions about is my daily gratitude journal. I thought there  could be no better day than World Gratitude Day to talk more about how this practice started and what is has meant to me.

The roots of World Gratitude Day was started in 1965 at the International East-West Center in Hawaii  during a Thanksgiving Dinner. At the dinner, attendees pledged to hold a Gratitude Gathering the following September 21st in their home countries. This grew to be an annual event.”
As a teenager I had a tendency to focus on the negative, life was generally good but I found the little things and focused in on them. College introduced me to a whole new world of people who weren’t so self focused and I realized…I didn’t want to live or think that way forever!  After our wedding…I was hurt, but happy, but sad, but excited. I mean I had this amazing man, but are you kidding me that was a disaster and a day that I was going to have to tell people about for years to come. 

My confusion was my inner self wanting to find a place of feeling good about the situation. At this point I had also dislocated my knee, so my standard refuge of running wasn’t entirely available.  Hence, I started to seek out uplifting books, audio books, podcasts and anything else I could that would provide some clarity.  One thing which jumped out over and over again was that “what you think about you get” and you can start to change this process by simply remembering every day all the good things that you have.

Initially it was a notebook next to my bed…but I didn’t always remember to use it. I would read a book and drift to sleep without picking up my pen. So I started to do it in the morning…but then I was able to run again and would burst out the door without picking up my pen.

Eventually I realized that another thing which I chose to do daily was blog.  Why not include my daily gratitude there as a reminder that no matter what else is happening I am open to the wonderful things that life has to offer.  One of my personal goals was to work very hard not to simply write the same things every day, so especially because I was posting it on the blog I felt more accountable to really think of all the things in life for which I could show gratitude.

I have continued to be surprised and overjoyed by the ongoing comments about my gratitude journal. A number of bloggers have written to say they started the practice on their own site, others to say it is a reminder to them each day that there is always something worthwhile happening…

In the English language, the word “present” has three distinct meanings:  “here”, “now” and “a gift”.  For me this is exactly what the Gratitude Journal has done…allowed me each day to take a few moments to remember to enjoy the present.

What are you grateful for today? How can you spread world gratitude day to those around you?
Gratitude Journal
Sept 21
I am grateful for opportunities to share
I am grateful for those who invent “world holidays”Signature
I am grateful for Oprah
I am grateful for beautiful journals
I am grateful for my wedding ring

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  1. says

    This is great! Gratitude can be very powerful – I try to take a few moments every night before falling asleep to reflect on what I'm grateful for that day. Really can change your perspective on things!

  2. says

    Honestly, I love that you do this Amanda, it always reminds me to be grateful each day! I have a calendar I'm using right now to write down 5 good things each day, but forgot this past week. Darn it.Grateful for my loving husband – number one :)

  3. says

    I like your gratitude journal. I read it and it and always smile because you find so many things to be greatful for that we normally take for granted in our daily lives. I went through a Personal Leadership class through work a few years ago and we were required to write down 20 things that we "appreciate" and bring them to class everyday. I found that this made me think about the small things like "I appreciate my alarm going off in the morning". While I don't want to get up, I appreciate that it goes off. Everyday. And sets me up to do what I need to do…run, work, etc. I also started telling PEOPLE alot more that I appreciated the things they do. Especially my husband! When he does little things for me, I try to let him know that I am greatful and not take it for granted! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. says

    I love your gratitude journal!!! I started one, oh many moons ago, when I was a pre-teen in a church youth group. The habit has stuck and I try every day to write at least ONE thing I am grateful for! I am grateful today for you positive outlook on life and for your inspiration in my running!! THANK YOU!

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