As part of my pursuit of my "one little word
" this year, I've been trying to help myself realize all the little reasons I have to delight
in my life. I've always enjoyed other slicers' "Thankful Thursday" posts, but I've never written one of my own.
I love the way these posts often highlight big and little, serious and funny reasons to be happy. Shortly after I chose "delight
" for my word, someone (I don't remember who, sorry!) tweeted about an interesting app created just for this purpose: Gratitude 365
. It gives you a place each day to list things you're thankful for. I thought this could help me build a habit of looking for (and remembering!) the delight
ful little moments in each day.
Since I almost always play with my iPod touch in the evenings, it's really easy to remember to take a few minutes to list my gratitudes with the app. I can even add a little picture to highlight the most important gratitude, which is fun! (I think I would add more pictures if I had an iPod with a camera so I could take my own. I have to save pictures from the internet, which takes a little more time.)
|Today's gratitudes! |
Sometimes (especially here in March!), I miss a day, but there's a calendar view that makes it easy to go back and add gratitudes to any day. (It's also fun to see how many days each month I've remembered to write gratitudes!) If you add a picture for any day (which I mostly haven't taken the time to do here in March!), it shows up in the calendar, which makes the calendar really cute!
|Days with a dot (or a picture) are days I've written gratitudes!|
It's amazing how taking just a few minutes to think about what I'm thankful for makes me happier and less stressed at the end of the day. Even if I've had a hard day, I can find something good about it if I think for a few minutes. (Those are the days I most need to think about being grateful, anyway!) If I just tried to do this in a paper journal, I don't think I would keep up with it, but the app nudges me to do it and makes it more fun!
What are you thankful for today?
I have been keeping a gratitude journal for a couple of years now. Nothing major just a phrase, image or a line or two of sounds/images that touch me. It has helped me to get through some rough spots. I didn't know about this app. So thanks.ReplyDelete
I LOVE THIS. Will have to download this app ASAP. I look for things for which to be grateful daily, but this will help hold me accountable.ReplyDelete
That's why I like it, Julie! It "nudges" me a lot better than a notebook would. :-)Delete
This sounds great, Jennifer. I'm going to do it! Thanks very much for sharing your "delight"! It's always a pleasure to read your posts, so I think today I will say I am grateful for you! Thanks a bunch!ReplyDelete
I'm always grateful for your kind, thoughtful comments, Linda. Thank you!Delete
Ok, I got the app-it's very cool! But I had to write back to say I assume that tonight you will be grateful for the Buckeyes! Wow!Delete
I wonder if they have this app for the Kindle as I don't have an IPod. I'll have to check it out. Today I'm grateful for my granddaughters - their laughter, smiles, questions, hugs - they make me feel special. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I think you just gave me another reason I should have an apple product! Great idea; to write down each night what you are grateful for.... meanwhile, I might have to try a journal.ReplyDelete
I didn't know about this app, but am so excited to hear about it. I'm going to download it and give it a try.
I love that idea, Jennifer. I keep a gratitude journal, but I don't write in it as often as I'd like. Very fun. You remind me that when I look through the lens of appreciation and gratitude, my view changes. Sweet.ReplyDelete
I've kept gratitude journals in the past, but I love the idea of the app. It's a great tool to keep focused on those things that DELIGHT you.ReplyDelete