Writing “Thank You” in your Journal

Yesterday, if you took my example of what to write about, you probably mentioned some of the things you did during the day (or you planned on doing if you wrote in the morning). You may have identified some feelings, for example if something made you happy or angry. You basically wrote what came to mind.

Now, let’s push our thoughts to focus on the happy moments of our day, on things that made us feel joy, contentment, love or pride. These are things you want to be thankful for.

On the top of your page, write the header of your choice: Thank Yous, I am Thankful for, I feel Gratitude for… whichever attracts you most. If you always use the same header, you will be able to go back and see what you have been grateful for over the last weeks, months or even years. Of course, don’t forget to add the date below or to one side.

I often get the question: Who does one thank? You don’t need to identify who you will thank for these. The simple acknowledgement that these things made you happy is Gratitude. A more religious individual will want to thank God (each religion will name The Lord differently). Others may want to thank the Universal Energy or the Energy within themselves.  I want to make it clear that it doesn’t matter which you choose to thank, as long as you feel Gratitude.

As you write the items you feel thankful for in a list, stop at each point and feel the soft breeze of happiness within you. That’s your Focal Smile! 

This is a great way to start writing when you don’t know what to write.  It is meaningful, it makes you think and identify things that you may have taken for granted, it fills you with positive energy and encourages you to keep writing more.

You should consider having a “Thank You” page every now and then, maybe as regularly as once a week at least. With its uplifting nature, it can help direct your writing in a positive way. In addition, the positive feeling of Gratitude is addictive so you’ll eventually want to come back to your journal often and enumerate more things to be grateful for. 

Try it out and tell me how it feels!

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2 Responses to “Writing “Thank You” in your Journal”

  1. Romy Macias says:

    I like to keep what I call a Gratitude Journal, which is another name for “Thank You” Journal.

    You’re so right about giving meaning to your writing by starting with gratitude.

    Just today I spoke to a small group from a company from town. When I suggested writing “Ten Things I’m Grateful For” each night before going to sleep, one of the attendees responded: “I’ll have to come up with TEN things.” I told her there was an INFINITE things to be grateful for. This got her opening to seeing beyond the surface.

    Thanks again for your insightful post and the opportunity to share our experiences!

    -Romy Macias

    • Carmen Marie says:

      Thank you so much for your great comment Romy and for sharing with me and my readers!
      Indeed it is all about Gratitude and as I call it Thank You pages in our Journal, I hope that my readers who don’t know how powerful this simple tool is, will give it a try and expand their understanding of all the things we can be grateful for in our lives. You must be proud of your input in the lives of your guests!
      Thanks again! :) -Carmen

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