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I Got a Gripe This Thanksgiving, Ya’ll…


photo 1In the midst of my holiday happiness, I have a teeny gripe…

As I scroll through my Facebook news feed these days, it looks a little something like:

“Day 7 of 21 Days of Gratitude: I am thankful for blah blah blah blah blah…”


While I think it’s GREAT that my friends are taking time to acknowledge what they’re thankful for, it comes across as a FAD — a New Year’s Resolution that doesn’t stick.

[insert insults: “fakers! posers!” …kidding. I would never say that to/about my friends. :)]

What if we brought in thankfulness everyday of our lives and didn’t feel the need to broadcast it on social media like it was some 21-day diet?

So, what are 5 Easy Ways to Make Gratitude a Regular (even daily) Practice? 

1. Gratitude Journal Start a daily gratitude journal.

Write 3-5 things that you’re grateful for each day. Do this in the morning or evening and carry these feelings with you through the day or night. It will set you up for a great day and good night’s sleep.

You can use a regular ol’ notebook, a gorgeous or fun journal (depending on your personality!), or an app!

I love the Gratitude Journal app by Happy Tapping for the iPhone + iPad. You can change the font/background on a daily basis, add photos, and rate your day… and apparently, you can set an alarm reminder through the app (hmm I must set this up!)!

Tip: When you write what you are grateful for, also include WHY this makes you feel grateful. Law of Attraction works on emotion, so when you write how you feel, the more charge you’re putting out into The Universe to attract more fantastic things!

2. Good Things My coach recommended this to me recently, and I love it! It’s similar to the Gratitude Journal, but you work it as you like it ~ either as described below, or incorporate the idea into your journal.

If you have a family, bring this in for more family bonding! Either at dinner or before your kids go to sleep, have everyone name 3 Good Things that happened to them that day…and yes, talk about why this was a good thing that happened. :)

3. Meditation Do you regularly meditate? Incorporate your thankfulness as you slip into meditation. The warmth and smiles will bring you into a more ethereal state and perhaps bring more insights into your path.

4. Thank You Cards Thankful for friends, family, or someone new in your life? How about sending a note of thanks? — the good old fashioned way — a handwritten card, sent via U.S. Postal Mail. The gesture will be appreciated and the receiver will certainly feel the love.

5. The Magic Really serious about attracting more good things into your life? This book by Rhonda Byrne follows up her books, The Secret and The Power. Based on gratitude practices, she gives a daily tool to use for 30 days to bring more magic in your life!

Now, I’d love to hear from YOU!

What’s one gratitude practice you’d like to incorporate from this list? Or if you already practice, what do you do? There are so many different practices, and they’re ALL amazing ~ we’d love to hear about yours!

To my US.. readers: Have a safe, heartwarming, and delicious Thanksgiving! And those outside of the U.S., an extended love reach to you! xo


With love + charm,

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2 Comments on I Got a Gripe This Thanksgiving, Ya’ll…

  1. Mary Kate
    November 30, 2013 at 4:03 pm (9 years ago)

    Thanks for another great post, Charlene! I like the idea of that app, I’ll definitely check it out. Another gratitude practice I love is “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. She has a book (or 2) and a blog, but I signed up for the daily “moment of happiness” and get a daily email with a happiness quote! I find that it’s a great way to start the day, reading something inspirational or thought provoking.

    • Charlene Marie
      December 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm (9 years ago)

      I love that! Yes, daily inspirational emails are awesome! Thanks for sharing that tip! :) xo


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