November 20, 2011

Gratitude Printable


As Thanksgiving approaches, we tend to reflect on our existence and think of what makes us grateful. I’ve found that doing this makes it really easy to redirect your mind to positive thinking, which in turn puts pep in your step. This is why therapists and doctors recommend keeping a gratitude journal, or advise to think of the things that make you grateful as you fall asleep.

 It’s been proven (Wikipedia says so, so it must be true) that "grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships," (Wikipedia, I'm going against all of my college education and seriously quoting the most uncredible source available).

Can I get a hallelujah?

It seems so simple. But the act of actually doing it is extremely difficult, especially if you tend towards depression. Through the years I’ve found different techniques that help, but they always seem to flitter out. I do it for a night or two, and then the next thing I know it’s Thanksgiving and I’m wondering what ever happened to that gratitude plan I had.

In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m going to use this week to develop a game plan. A plan that goes beyond telling the family during Thursday night’s dinner what I’m grateful for (eesh, the anxiety-ridden competition that your Mom always wins). We’re going to figure out a way to become those awesome grateful people who “have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self acceptance,” (Wikipedia, which by the way had a credible source, I checked).
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Lets first start with a printable. I found this quote in a book I got from Starbucks awhile back that I turn to for inspiration. It gives the sense that gratitude goes so much deeper than just being thankful. The memory of the heart? Doesn't it just make you think of those things your grateful for with a little more feeling?

Print it out, put it somewhere you’ll see it as a nice little reminder to be grateful today and one step closer to being happier, less stressed and all those other great things.

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{I'd like to thank Persnickety Prints for their adorable digital embellishment I used in this printable.}

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love it! And your statement!!

{amy k.} said...

that print is adorable! and i'm super excited about my silhouette- thanks for the congrats! :)

Vicky said...

What a thoughtful printable. Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving! I am a new Fb and Twitter follower visiting from Too Cute Tuesday. Vicky from Mess For Less

Mynnette said...

LOVE THIS!!! Fabulous work! :) I'd love it if you'd take a peek at my offering: http://www.mynnettesuni-verse.blogspot.com/