This “Idea of the Week” comes from Greg McKeown, author of the book, “Essentialism.”  He writes about his keeping a “Gratitude Journal.”  For the past three years, I’ve kept one too.  Perhaps you’ll be moved to keep one if you don’t have one yet.

For many years I have kept a gratitude journal. It’s nothing extravagant. Just a few notes each day of what I am grateful for.

It’s a small habit that has become a ritual for me.

Every so often, especially when I have a particularly difficult day or week, I review my journal. And the same thing happens every time. I feel better.

Gratitude is a powerful, catalytic thing.

It places us in a positive state. And positive emotions open us to new perspectives and possibilities. Our openness encourages creative ideas and fosters social bonds.

And the benefits aren’t limited to just us. When we express gratitude to others, we see their faces light up. Their burdens become lighter, our relationship is strengthened, and we are both filled with positive energy.

Seemingly small moments of gratitude can change everything. 

No matter how you celebrate this season of gratitude, take a moment and share your appreciation with the most essential people in your life. I promise it will create a positive cycle for both of you.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust