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Feb 14, 2019 09:03:40

Things I'm grateful for

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 267 words | 410🔥 | 410💌

Brandon Wilson

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I was going to eviscerate Valentine's Day today, but in the spirit of gratitude for the topic of the week I will play nice.

One of my habit goals this year is to have a daily gratitude journal. After meditating in the morning, I take a few minutes to write down what I'm grateful for every morning. I'm not going to get into all the reasons why this is a good idea, but I do want to share what the experience has done for me so far.

My default brain mode is usually laced with sarcasm. I look for the joke and making light of most situations. It's good to laugh a lot, but it's also a thin line to cross into bitterness. Maybe it's the prehistoric lizard-brain that is still rooted in fear and imagining the worst things that could happen.

After writing daily in my gratitude journal for about a month and a half, I feel like my thinking and behavior are starting to shift. Starting the day with gratitude shifts me into being appreciative of what I have and seeing how good my life is. I am happy for other people instead of jealous. I wish the best for people and not the worst. I start the day thinking about how I can add value to others. I could go on and on.

The point is that gratitude is powerful and important. If you have a practice like this, I'd like to hear about your experience. If not, I would highly recommend that you incorporate some type of gratitude practice in your life. 

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    @brandonwilson Isn't it a beautiful (Valentine) love letter, to yourself! <3
    I find some friendly resonance here?
    [[https://200wordsaday.com/words/resisting-our-preconceived-opinions-59575c4e72412c43e] @keenencharles
    and a nice kind of reflection :-)))
    <<I think that being a purely sarcastic asshole gets old pretty quick>> from @timsubiaco

    You guys are awesome <3

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Feb 17, 2019 15:13:35
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      @brandonwilson @lucjah really enjoyed both posts. Think I need to give this gratitude journal a try.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | Feb 18, 2019 08:19:24
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    @brandonwilson I try to capture one second a day and compile a video at the end of the month to have a look back. https://1se.co/

    Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Feb 15, 2019 15:37:53
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      @itsabhinaya That's a great idea!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 15, 2019 08:55:36
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      @brandonwilson @itsabhinaya It's really an amazing app to try... It has got my impression on the first use.. I think I am going to use it daily to capture my life moments. Thanks for recommending it.

      Navin avatar Navin | Feb 16, 2019 03:55:38
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      @navinnavi yay! If you ever share it publicly, I would love to see it.

      Abhinaya Konduru avatar Abhinaya Konduru | Feb 16, 2019 15:11:42
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      @brandonwilson @itsabhinaya Sure I will do it...Planned to mash after a month.

      Navin avatar Navin | Feb 17, 2019 18:08:17
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    @brandonwilson Nice one, Brandon. This is a habit that I really want to cultivate. Now that we have "private" posts in 200WaD, I should get into the habit of gratitude journalling in 200WaD itself.

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Feb 15, 2019 11:09:52
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      @santhoshguru That would be a good use of the private post feature unless you want to share with everyone. I personally like the aspect of physically writing sometimes.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 15, 2019 08:56:05
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    @brandonwilson It's really true. Even I recommend everyone should do it daily. My experience in feeling gratitude started two months ago. I got to know about this after reading the book "The Secret". I do it daily before sleep recalling all that good happened in that day and feeling gratitude for giving me such a wonderful day. Moreover, I say to myself instantly when I have done some job/work that I should be grateful for. Feeling this way changes you, changes you feeling for others and most importantly it changes how you feel about you.

    Navin avatar Navin | Feb 15, 2019 04:49:36
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      @navinnavi I'm glad to hear you have a gratitude practice, and that you have found it most beneficial!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 15, 2019 08:56:33
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    @brandonwilson It's great to hear your experience. I've been struggling to implement the habit but I'll give it another try.

    Julia Saxena avatar Julia Saxena | Feb 14, 2019 17:42:30
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      @juliasaxena It might be tough to do as a stand-alone habit, but maybe you can chain it together as part of other habits you already practice.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 14, 2019 09:56:41
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      @brandonwilson @juliasaxena Yeah to start it's a good practice to chain it with some routine job you are already doing.

      Navin avatar Navin | Feb 15, 2019 04:51:26
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