Friday, January 11, 2013

Best of my days.

There are a lot of things that I'll never forget about college. One of those is the tendency one a favorite professor to talk about keeping a thankful journal. I had him for several classes {perk of a small school} and he mentioned it in every class and encouraged every student to think about starting a regular gratitude journal. As a psychology professor, he loved the healthy implications it can have. As a lover of Jesus, he saw the value in counting blessings and giving credit to God for them.

Ever since then, I've been keeping a gratitude journal off an on for years.
{lots of research shows the benefits...check out this article}

So, I'm back on the gratitude bandwagon. I've started journaling again and want to make more of an effort to blog about it weekly...more for me than for you probably :)

1. sweet, sweet friends. This handmade journal from one of my favorites is actually want spurred me to start being more intentional about my gratitude journaling again.
2. Winter has been really wonderful this year. A season I usually hate has become strangely welcome this year.
3. Our vacation with 15 college friends, even though its months away, has me feeling very thankful. For friendships, being intentional, and knowing a full week of fun is on its way.
4. I have some pretty neat packages heading out in the mail soon...and I'm thankful that I am able to bless back some amazing people with them!
5. Quiet mornings. I made a bit of a resolve to have more of these this month...and its been panning out pretty nicely so far. There is nothing like starting your day of with Jesus. Nothing.
6. Despite what I said about winter, these little peeks of spring this week have been so fun! Always a mood lifter :)

What are you thankful for? Have you ever kept a thankful journal?
Here's a great tool if you want to start!


Jenny Strickland said...

Keeping a journal of any kind is such a great thing to do! I ust had a friend send me a journal so I have started back up! On days that I journal I feel less stressed!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

meme-and-he said...

Professor Snyder :)
I'll never forget, either.
I always talk about how amazing it is that there is actual research done on the benefits of keeping a thankful journal. Amazing.

Megan said...

I love this idea! It's so heavy on my heart lately to really count my blessings and stop taking this life for granted!