I’ve been keeping a daily journal of five things I’m grateful for, on a daily basis, for almost a year now thanks to Alyson B. Stanfield and her awesome “Blast Off” online program for artists.  The act of setting it down on paper itself is something that only takes a minute, but has long-lasting impact. It was a gentle reminder to me to acknowledge the things in my life that make it worth living.

It’s helped me a lot. Forming this kind of habit has set me on a positive note every day. Reviewing those precious things I’m grateful for is a WOW moment. Spanning everything from “the miracle of a blade of grass” to “my beautiful son”, it’s been a reflective moment for me each day to honour and cherish the miracles, big and small that are all around us.

Like anything worthwhile in life, I am of the opinion that something so wonderful needs to be shared and I’m always curious about what my fellow human beings are thankful for in their lives. While it’s amazing for me personally to sit quietly in a comfy chair with journal and fountain pen in hand each day and mark these five small miracles (often there are so many more)…I think it’s a good idea to share them out with the world, and so I’ve started a category here on the blog entitled, “5 Daily Gratitudes” and a corresponding Twitter stream with the hashtag #5DailyGratitudes where I’ll post my dailies and invite you to join me.

I’d love nothing more than to see what you are grateful for in your life. Multiplied, we are mighty!

Like Louis Armstrong says….What a wonderful world…

Participate In
“5 Daily Gratitudes – Twitter & Blog Challenge”:

On This Blog

1) Subscribe to this blog feed by entering your email in the little box at the top right corner.
2) Look for an email (almost) every day from me that will list my 5 Daily Gratitudes.
3) Click on the link, and comment with your 5 Daily Gratitudes.
4) Or write your 5 Daily Gratitudes on your own blog and share it with us here.
4) Savour all the wonder that we have as human beings, in our world.

On Twitter

1) Join Twitter (if you haven’t already.)
2) Tweet your 5 Daily Gratitudes, and be SURE TO INCLUDE with the hashtag #5DailyGratitudes and optionally @JanTanton at the end of it (so I see it right away).
3) Have a look at the stream and see all the wonderful wonders of wonderment we have as a collective.

On Facebook

1) Join me on Facebook by “liking” my page.
2) Look for the 5 Daily Gratitudes Posting of the Day.
3) Comment on the post by entering your own 5 Daily Gratitudes.
4) Love it and reflect!

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Why Living A Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

My 2012 Daily Gratitude Journal

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. January 7, 2012 – I’m grateful for:
    Flannel Sheets
    Popcorn
    Vanessa Redgrave
    Long hair on little girls
    Chickens

  2. January 8, 2012 – I’m thankful for:
    Gesso
    children on holidays
    holding hands with anyone in public
    red iron oxide
    fountain pens.
    #5DailyGratitudes #gratitude

  3. January 9, 2012 – I’m grateful for:

    Teenagers that get up for school
    financial planning
    bran buds
    Leonardo da Vinci
    daisys

  4. January 10, 2012 – I’m grateful for:

    Snowy winter mountain mornings
    Coffee with friends
    paper snowflakes
    fragrant candles
    hair elastics

  5. January 11, 2012 – I’m super thankful for:

    Sharp scissors
    artist friends
    accountant friends
    sentimental greeting cards
    period costumes.

    #5dailyGratitudes

  6. January 12, 2012 – Oh boy…I’m so grateful for:
    Crazy fuzzy mittens and hats
    Men with babies
    Bacon
    Baskets with surprises
    Fleece
    #5DailyGratitudes
    #gratitude

  7. January 13, 2012 – Wow, first Friday the 13th of the year. I’m uber-grateful for:
    Little girls in pink
    Gluesticks
    Worn Pebbles from the beach
    iPhones
    Tipis

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