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For over a year now, I have maintained a morning spiritual ritual to help me start my day.  Part of that is that I’ve kept a gratitude journal every day since January 1, 2013.  Nothing big, just a list of 5 things every day that I am grateful for.  It sounds simple enough, so I figured it would be an easy incorporation, but I quickly found out that it wasn’t as simple as I had thought.  For the longest time, I tried to focus on big things, small every day things, and things I don’t always think of.  My goal was to come up with 5 new things every day that I hadn’t already written down.  That worked really well for a few months, but became harder as time went on.  So then I just tried to think of things that I dealt with every day to be grateful for, but even then it could be challenging, especially if I was rushed or coming off of a bad day previously or not getting enough sleep at night.  Still, the practice was important to me, and I feel that overall it has helped me to have a better outlook on life.  It’s helped me to remember to focus on the positive and to not take things for granted as much.  So I fully believe in the importance of a gratitude practice, but I can also appreciate how difficult it can be.

I’ve seen so many different suggestions — write them down in the morning to prepare for the day, or write them down at night to be in a positive frame of mind before bed and wake up the next morning feeling ready to take on the next 24 hours; focus on big things or to focus on seemingly small and insignificant things.  I’ve seen various lists, challenges, and books to help cultivate a practice.  There are lots of great ideas out there, but the truth is, there literally is no wrong way to do a gratitude practice; you just have to find what works for you and stick with it.  Still, I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to get some guidance?  Wouldn’t it be nice to have some direction, something to help you focus your thoughts, something to help you stay accountable to the commitment of this practice?  Unable to find what I was looking for and figuring that other people would feel the same way, I decided to create my own program.  With that, I am so excited to announce…….

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For more information and to sign up, please visit http://gratitudeoutsidethebox.wordpress.com.

Thank you for allowing me to share this dream with you all!  I hope that it can help you bring the practice of gratitude into your life!

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