Thursday, April 3, 2014

How-to use a Gratitude Journal in your home

As most of you know I'm married but we don't have kids. My job is, for the most part, stress-free. We don't even have the responsibilities of caring for a house, yard, or small animal friend. But sometimes, no matter your situation or responsibilities, the man gets us down. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, stressed-out, or just plain cranky about things that really aren't that important in the grand scheme of things - like when the laundry hamper is overflowing or when I can doodle in the layer of dust on our living room end table. 

Do these things drive me up a wall and make me want to take a day off just to get personal work done? Yes. Are these life and death situations? No, obviously not. But it's easy to get caught up in these things or work or paying bills or grocery shopping and we fall into a habit of forgetting to think about the good stuff. The Good Stuff - like dates and your favorite home-cooked meal and rummaging through the clearance aisle in Target's home section and watching 12-year olds play hockey.

Both Parker and I are guilty of this. So I started thinking that maybe we need to somehow make it a new habit to recognize the good stuff by writing down one thing we are thankful for each day.

I created a Gratitude Journal via Tiny Prints with the idea that we would set it on the end table in our living room so that we can both contribute to it. Each day, at least one of us will write something that we are thankful for. I was a little nervous about getting Parker to join in but when I proposed the idea to him he actually really liked it because it will be so fun to look back on someday. No bribery required.

And it literally only takes like 30 seconds to write something in it. We just started using it at the beginning of the month so we only have 2 entries:

Today I'm thankful for date nights to 10 North Main because I've been excited about it all day.

Tonight I was thankful for a fantastic date :) and the "Good Food & Nice Drinks" from 10 North Main. PS: another 20-ounce prime rib order and another sitting member of the clean plate club!

Can you tell which entry was mine and which entry was his? :) I can already tell that one of my favorite parts will be picking it up to write an entry and reading any of his that I may not have seen yet.

If you're interested in starting a tradition like this in your home, Tiny Prints has multiple notepads, notebooks, and stationary to choose from, depending on how you want to use it. I personalized a notebook because my plan was to set it out somewhere so we can both write in it. Maybe you want to personalize stationary so you could leave a note for your spouse telling them why you were thankful for them that day.

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