Today, I read an article in the Wisconsin State Journal about the psychology of gratitude.
Explained in the article was a study that had subjects keep a daily “gratitude journal” of people, events and other things for which they were thankful. The idea was to measure the effect of keeping such a journal on one’s mind set with the theory that keeping a gratitude journal would positively impact a person’s attitude allowing them to feel happier than those who didn’t keep such a journal.
I thought this was great, and certainly its timeliness was no mistake.
I’ve blogged about something similar not too long ago in my post titled, Small Victories. In the post I described an exercise I often use at the end of each week where by I list all of the positive things (large and small) I’ve accomplished that week. The accomplishments are tasks that needed to be completed for my business or toward other goals that require a multitude of daily “to do’s.”. The idea was: rather than being disappointed by all of the “to do’s” I didn’t complete each week, I can reflect and concentrate on the things I did complete. It serves as a great personal motivator when you realize how much you are in fact completing toward your goals.
After reading that State Journal article, my wife, bought me my very own “gratitude journal.” Being that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and having some much needed time off for the holiday, I should have no problem beginning to fill the pages of that journal.
Posted by: Nick Ventuerlla