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A Gratitude Journal. “Joy is the fruit of gratitude .” Ann Voskamp , One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. A Gratitude Journal. Participants who kept a gratitude journal: felt better about their lives as a whole were more optimistic about the future

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A Gratitude Journal

“Joy is the fruit of gratitude.”Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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A Gratitude Journal

  • Participants who kept a gratitude journal:
  • felt better about their lives as a whole
  • were more optimistic about the future
  • were a full 25 percent happier than the other participants
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A Gratitude Journal

  • they sleep 1/2 hour more per evening
  • exercise 33 percent more each week
  • felt more joyful, enthusiastic, interested, attentive, energetic, excited, determined, and strong
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Six Practices of Gratitude

Our fifth practice of gratitude is…

Fifteen Benedictions

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Fifteen Benedictions

In Judaism,

there is a practice of praying

what the Jews call the

“Eighteen Benedictions.”

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Fifteen Benedictions

All of these Benedictions

begin with or include the phrase

“Bless you O God…”

or “Blessed are Thou, O God…”

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1 Chronicles 29:10-13 is an example…

“Blessed are you, O LORD,

the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power

and the glory and the victory and the majesty,

for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.…And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”

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Fifteen Benedictions

Ortberg challenges us

to adapt this form of prayer

by taking time three times each day,

morning, noon, and night,

and making up our own Benedictions.

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Fifteen Benedictions

If we did five in the morning,

five at noon,

and five at night,

we would have “Fifteen Benedictions.”

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Fifteen Benedictions

These could all begin,

“I bless you O God…,”

and then you fill in the blank

with something you are grateful for

in that portion of your day.

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Gratitude in grief

A soul that traces the brushstrokes of God

in each moment

lives in irrepressible gratitude.

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Gratitude in grief

“The Lord gave,

and the Lord has taken away;

blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Job 1:21

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The table of thanksgiving

“Gratitude in its deepest sense

means to live life as a gift

to be received thankfully.  

 And true gratitude embraces all of life:

the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not-so-holy. “

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The table of thanksgiving

We do this

because we become aware of God\'s life,

God\'s presence

in the middle of all that happens.“

Henri Nouwen, Turn My Mourning Into Dancing

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