Several times over the past few years I began to keep a gratitude journal. I bought a special notebook and pen and kept them by my bed. I wrote for a few days. Then I would forget for a day. Then I would stop completely.

Last year I made a commitment to myself to write in my journal for 21 days. I have read that it takes about 3 weeks to form a new habit or to break an unwanted habit.

The 21 days passed months ago. I still write every night before going to sleep. A few times I forgot and turned off the light. It only took a minute or two to realize that something didn’t feel right.

The light came back on and I was writing about all that I was thankful for.

This has truly been an amazing experience. The more I write, the more gratitude I feel.

What I am noticing more and more is my appreciation for the simple things that can so easily be ignored.

I challenge you to try it for 21 days. Just three weeks. It only takes 5 minutes, but it could change your life.

Author's Bio: 

Sandy Clendenen lost her husband and best friend in 1999, after twenty-one years of marriage. Her grief process was lengthy and complex. Sandy felt stuck in layers of unresolved grief. As part of her heaing, Sandy filled numerous journals with her thoughts and feelings. A review of these journals several years later revealed insights into the grief process which Sandy is now committed to sharing with other grievers. Sandy attended seminary for 3 years. She also received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Sandy has also worked in various areas of hands on healing. Sandy incorporates her vast personal experience and education into her grief coaching products and services.

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