The Fearless Files: Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Every week, I decided to post The Fearless Files, which will contain either a tip, a suggestion or anything great that I feel is worthy of being known about, talked about and filed away in your fearless files to be used when needed, which might be all the time, lol.

This morning, I was watching Oprah's interview with Lady Gaga and her mom on DVR. I have been traveling so I have lots to catch up on DVR. Now first off, I have to say, Lady Gaga's mother is fierce. The woman is beautiful, strong and just amazing. I want her hair. Seriously.

So Lady Gaga's mom tells Oprah that after watching an episode of her show, she started a gratitude journal. This got me thinking - I like Oprah but have not seen very episode. So I shamefully admit that I had never heard of the gratitude journal before. You learn something new everyday. So I googled it and found lots of information on it.

Basically, it's a journal that you write in daily and just write what you're grateful for on that day. It takes a few minutes but does wonders to your life. When you show your gratitude and appreciation for those people and things in your life that you already have, you become a magnet for positive energy and vibrations. People don't understand how important energy is. The energy that surrounds you affects your attitude towards life. And that is what determines how you live your life. If you're in the midst of a pity party and the words "can't", "won't", "don't", "not", and "no" are constantly in your vocabulary, no wonder your life is in a dire state! You're focusing on what you don't have and ignoring the greatness you already have. Even if it's one person or one thing, your life is not completely over. You're still breathing for a reason. Your life is yours to create. And it starts with a positive attitude...it starts with saying "I can!". The more you say that, the more you will believe it.

So I love the idea of a gratitude journal because it is a way to put your gratitude out to the world...send that positive energy out. It's one of the greatest things you can do for yourself. As Oprah says, get into the habit of appreciating things instead of focusing on what you don't have.

I'm starting mine today. A friend gave me the most beautiful notebook a while back that I have not used because I did not want to use it just to write any old thing. So this notebook is going to become my gratitude journal. And I plan to share my gratitude journal with my descendants (including my nieces and my goddaughter). Gotta keep that gratitude going!

My gratitude journal. Isn't the cover awesome? :)

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