My second app is live in the App store and it’s a potential life changer for you.
It’s called Gratitude 365 (download in the app store)
I wanted to focus on gratitude because of how it can change us. Especially when we’re not feeling so great and generally unhappy.
When life sucks, we tend to focus on only the bad things. The more we think about what we don’t have, what we wish we had, and what we hate, the more that cycle continues.
I know how frustrating that is.
You can begin to stop that cycle of negativity by changing what you give attention to every day.
Last year I wrote about doing a 30 day gratitude experiment. If you’ve never done one and are looking to start changing your life, I highly recommend you to try it.
Gratitude shifts your mind from focusing on what you don’t have, to what you do have. The more you think about what you have, the more you will create abundance, property, well-being, and happiness.
You can begin by starting a gratitude journal.
What is a gratitude journal?
A gratitude journal is a way to consciously call attention to the things for which you are thankful each day.
Why should I keep a gratitude journal?
A group of scientists did a gratitude experiment:
“The first group kept a diary of the events that occurred during the day… the second group recorded their unpleasant experiences, [and] the last group made a daily list of things for which they were grateful.
The results of the study indicated that daily gratitude exercises resulted in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism and energy. Additionally, the gratitude group experienced less depression and stress, was more likely to help others, exercised more regularly and made more progress toward personal goals. According to the findings, people who feel grateful are also more likely to feel loved.
McCollough and Emmons also noted that gratitude encouraged a positive cycle of reciprocal kindness among people since one act of gratitude encourages another… McCullough suggests that anyone can increase their sense of well-being and create positive social effects just from counting their blessings.”
Let me recap that for you.
- less depression and stress
- more likely to help others
- exercised more regularly
- made more progress toward personal goals
Need more reasons why?
-Research has proved that practicing gratitude reduces fear, anxiety, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Bottom line, gratitude can extend your life.
-Your relationships will improve because instead of focusing on the 20 percent of what that person doesn’t fulfill, you’re focusing on the 80 perfect that is wonderful and perfect about that person. Failed marriages can be restored through gratitude. Parents and children can form a closer bond. Your relationships will deepen.
-Focusing on what you do have instead what you don’t will increase your wealth. You will focus your mind on abundance and discover new opportunities. You will see the potential all around you. You will attract people in your life to help you. Gratitude can make you wealthy.
Do I have to write in my journal every day?
No. The important thing is that you make a great effort and not miss too many days.
How long does it take?
You can spend as little as five minutes a day. Of course the more you put in, the more you get out of it.
How to Start the Practice of Gratitude
Start each entry with, “I am grateful for …”
In the morning spend five minutes writing down what you are thankful for. You can focus on things like a good night’s sleep, a comfortable bed, a roof over your head, two good legs for walking, or being able to see the sunshine in the morning. Make it about anything you want.
There is no wrong answer.
Then at night before bed, spend five more minutes writing what you’re grateful for. It could be something that happened during the day. It could be any fond memory.
Sometimes you might not think of something new to write. It’s okay to write something you’ve written before.
If you need more ideas, don’t just think of the obvious things every day. Think of the subtle things like the smell of chocolate, or a great hug you got.
The best part is that doing this is free. All you need is a notebook, journal, or an app to help you.
- Wake up and decide that you’re going to be looking for things to be grateful for. Start the day by being in the right state of mind.
- Really feel how grateful you are for what you’re writing it down. Don’t just write without any emotion.
- If you only write in your journal once a day, do it at the end of the night. It’s best to reflect on the day you had.
- With the Gratitude 365 app, add a photo of something you’re grateful for that day.
- Go back and review your past days. It can help you when you’re feeling down and need a boost.
- Don’t forget to focus on the people in your life. Besides writing why you’re thankful for them, pick up the phone, send an email, or write them a letter. They’ll love the surprise.
Gratitude 365 – The best gratitude journal app in the App store
If you’re like me, the first thing you grab in the morning in your iPhone. It’s the last thing you use before bed as well.
So having a gratitude app can help you get into the habit of writing what you’re thankful for.
Features of Gratitude 365
- Create a daily entry and list anything you are thankful for that day
- Choose a photo for that day
- View your photos a beautiful calendar
- Tracks how many days you’ve been thankful
- Shows how many total gratitudes you’ve written
- Email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr the photo calendar
- Backup and restore your entries
- Set a password to protect your journal
- Simple and beautiful user interface that let’s you just focus on your gratitudes
If you don’t have an iPhone, just get a pen and any notebook. The important part is to just start.
If you use gratitude a little, it’ll change your life a little. If you use it a lot, your life will change even more.
I know I have many readers who are unhappy and feel stuck in life. I highly recommend you start a gratitude journal for at least 30 days.
Thanks to everyone!
Finally, just want to say thanks to all of you. It’s been one year since Photo 365 was released. Thanks to everyone who supported and shared the app. Thanks to you for being a part of the Get Busy Living community as well. I’m very grateful for it!
Please help spread the word about this app. Share this post with your social network. Tell your friends or family about it.
Maybe starting a gratitude journal is what someone needs in their life right now.