november gratitude challenge katherine keller

november gratitude challenge katherine kellerLast week I briefly mentioned that the holidays and I went through an emotional downward spiral together. What was supposed to be the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ had turned into my personal, hellish nightmare. I shared that one of the methods I used to stop myself from spinning out of control, was a personal, holiday bucket list.

The other thing I briefly mentioned, was that I started keeping a gratitude journal.

Let me be very honest and upfront when I say that I am not at all consistent throughout the year with my journal. I would love to make it a daily habit before bed, but sometimes I’m doing well to remember to put on P.J.’s before bed, let alone think or write.

A Holiday Must For Me

Even though I am consistently inconsistent with my gratitude journal, I am more likely to write in it during the holidays than any other time during the year.

Any time I feel the anxiety, depression, overwhelming feelings that the holidays tend to fire up inside of me, the gratitude journal becomes the fire extinguisher to help put it out.

“Keeping a gratitude journal is the single most important thing I’ve ever done.” – Oprah

Benefits of Gratitude

Keeping a gratitude journal has been shown to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Better quality sleep
  • Improve relationships with loved ones
  • Increase self confidence
  • Strengthen emotions
  • Higher focus at work & play
  • Boost your career

Journal App

For my journal, I use an app simply called, “My Gratitude Journal” in iTunes. There is also an app called “Gratitude Journal” for Android.

Obviously you don’t need to download an app on your phone to receive the benefits of a gratitude journal. Just grab a spiral notebook and a pen and begin writing.

Gratitude Challenge

To get you gratitude juices flowing, we have created a beautiful, printable Gratitude Challenge for November. Each day you will have a new topic to think about, and thank about.

Click here to download yours.

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