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Happy Thanksgiving: Keep A Gratitude Journal

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Happy Thanksgiving you guys! I plan to celebrate it with a combo of Mama Geek’s chicken soup and rainbow colored pills which suppose to knock me out for many hours and, therefore, cure my flu, which I got after drinking too much sea water in Gili. Ugh! I promise to share more about Gili once I recovered. For now, let’s talk about something more fitting for the day of thanks: gratitude.

Five Minutes Gratitude Journal

Have you heard of the Five Minutes Journal? It’s a daily journal with quotes and questions which you can fill in twice a day. The questions are the same: what are you grateful for, what would make today awesome and, in the evening, what are the most amazing things happened that day. It also comes with a weekly challenge.

I read about it many moons ago on another blog and felt like my ungrateful ass would benefit from it, so I ordered one for me. My first entry was on March14 and I wrote that I am grateful for my parents. 110 nonconsecutive days later, I finished the journal. My last thought about the journal? Gosh, I should have written more regularly. It really helps. I wouldn’t say it helps all the time, especially not in the times when I rushed through it, but it made a noticeable difference in my life. So much so that I ordered the second journal. Maybe one day I will share it with my kids, though I am not sure whether they would want to read I am grateful for PJs for 28 times.

Today, I reread my entries.

Some of the things I am grateful for

Steak // ATM filled with money (?) // Free dinner // My dad’s smile // Westin hotel bed // Kindle // Cheese & Cider // Harry Potter iPhone case // Indian dessert // Free rides // Disney pens // KOI bubble milk tea’s bubble stock is back // Attracting free Starbucks with my mind // Blog readers // Thai fried fish // My purple bag which I have been using all the time for the past two years // Reading old diary // My farewell lunch // An unplanned White Rabbit restaurant // Waking up in New Zealand // Instax // Come Dine With Me // Being appreciated // Mickey shoes // glittery photo frame // Sweater // Stickers // Go-Jek // Melbourne // Getting my visa approved // My friends’ birthdays // Podcasts (it started with Serial and now continues to faith based one) // Apple watch // Being tucked in // Treat Yo Self! Day.

Recurring ones

Hulk // My parents // My job (which was quite surprising since I had to drag myself to work on my last job, but apparently I was still feeling grateful, which maybe is why I got the job I truly love now) // Travels  // Bubble Tea // My hair // Rainy Days // PJs // Compliments // People kindness // And this blog. I should write more of this type of Happy Things every month in the blog.

How about you? Do you keep a gratitude journal of some sort? Share with me your way to stay positive and grateful.

Btw, this isn’t a sponsored post. I just feel like sharing here because as I said, it made a difference in my life. Maybe it would do the same in yours. Once more, Happy Thanksgiving you guys. I am thankful that you read this blog, that you keep coming back and that we get to know each other through it. Have a blessed day everyone.

Read more: The 100 things I am grateful for in 2014 & 50 things that make me happy.  Things to ponder about on this day #ReclaimThanksgiving and making your own holiday tradition. The time I practiced gratitude and the time I flew home for Thanksgiving,

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  • Thank you for sharing my post! Girl, I’m really loving your blog! xx

    • Foreign Geek

      Aww, thank you for saying that, the feeling is mutual 🙂

  • I love the sound of the journal!

    • Foreign Geek

      Check it out Amanda. It made a real difference in my daily life.

  • Such a great idea to keep a journal!

    • Foreign Geek

      Thanks Kaelene. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you!

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  • Argh, I don’t do that but I feel I should! I once started one day and my next entry was 19 days later. It’s not that I don’t have anything to be grateful about – there’s plenty of stuff, people and experiences and random kindnesses (haha can this even be in plural?), but I just don’t have the habit. I was thinking of incorporating it into my daily routine in 2016, but like this year, I don’t want to commit to things I cannot fulfill, so… let’s see.

    Anyway, I’m so glad that you got to jot down so many entries, even if on nonconsecutive days! I should be more persistent 🙂

    Tihana // Wandering Polka Dot

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