Gratitude Journal

April 26th, 2010 by admin in Gratitude, Intimacy, Relationship
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Years ago I had a roommate and we would leave each other messages on a notepad.  They started as simple messages about when we would be home and later became an ongoing dialogue.  We wrote about work, people we were dating, things that happened that day and things we wanted to happen.

When I was getting married, my friend gave me a page out of our old journals.  On it, I had written about my husband and my growing feelings back when we first started dating.  When I graduated with my Masters Degree in Counseling, I received a card and another page out of the journal.  This time I had written about being dissatisfied with my “day job” and wanting a more meaningful career.  What a gift to be reminded of how I felt then as I celebrated moving into my new career!

It’s easy to take our partners and our relationship for granted when we are busy.  Things that used to impress us or make us giddy become expected or ordinary.  However, it’s important to let each other know you care and are appreciative.  One way to do this is to start a gratitude journal together.  You can use the format my roommate and I used where we wrote when we had something to say.  Or you can try a more structured approach.  You can each commit to write something daily to each other.  You can start with one thing you are grateful for each day.  It can be very powerful to share loving, written words with your partner.  And it’s a gift to receive your own written testimonials as well.  This small act can impact how you feel about each other on a daily basis and give you special things to read for years to come.

What are you waiting for?  Go grab a journal and tell your partner how much she means to you!

One Response to “Gratitude Journal”

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