I first started keeping an appreciation journal in high school. I was going through a rough patch and didn’t feel very good about myself or what was happening in my life.  The way I felt was beginning to affect my health.  Back then we didn’t think of teenagers as being depressed but looking back that probably would have described me quite well.  My Father, and this was so unlike him, suggested that each night before I go to bed I would write ten things that I was thankful for.  Throughout my life, I have kept appreciation journals on and off,  and for me, I can certainly tell a difference when I do.

My Appreciation Journal:

I choose a journal that feels comfortable to write in – not too big and not too small.  I love writing with various color pens.  Each night I write 3 to 5 things that have happened during the day for which I am thankful.  Somedays have been rough and I’m breathing is about all I could find to be thankful for.


I appreciate the wonderful group of women that interacted with me today as I spoke on Reinventing Your Holidays with Love.

I appreciate the young woman client I had today who is now excited about the possibilities that lay before her.

I especially appreciate a quiet evening on the couch with my dog beside me after a busy past few days.

Appreciation Journal: Your Turn

Find a journal or notebook that you enjoy.  I prefer to keep my appreciation journal at night.  Each night I write three things that I appreciate that happened that day. Remember focusing on appreciation each day changes our happiness set point and our overall satisfaction with life.

  1. I appreciate___________________
  2. I appreciate___________________
  3. I appreciate___________________

Keep an appreciation journal for thirty days and see if it makes a difference in your life.

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