Gratitude 365 App – Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life

Gratitude 365 app for the iPhoneGratitude journal app for the iPhone
 

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.

Tips

– 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.

Final reminder

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.

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Download the app and start your gratitude journal today

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  • congrats, Benny! The app looks beautfiul. Just downloaded it..can’t wait to get my gratitude on!

    • Thanks so much Sandy! Finally glad to have it done. If you could rate and review it, that’d be awesome. Need some support in the Canadian app store! 🙂

  • Congratulations, Benny, on another wonderful app! I am very excited about you bringing us another great app. I look forward to using it daily.

    • Thank you so much Carolyn! I look forward to hearing from people who use it daily and how it’s helped them.

  • Cathy

    What a great idea for an app. I’m downloading right now. Thanks 🙂

    • Thanks Cathy! Appreciate that.

  • Sarah

    Hi Benny,
    will this be available for android too?

    • Hi Sarah! Right now I don’t have plans for putting in on Android. It’s much more difficult to develop and test for Android and to be honest, the sales are just a fraction of the App store.

      • Sarah

        Thanks for the response. Good luck with this awesome looking app.

  • Awesome work Benny! This is a great idea that will benefit so many people.

    • Thank you so much Beau!! I really believe that as well.

  • Congrats Benny!! Just downloaded the app. Freakin’ Amazing! You did it again! Can’t wait to have you on the show so that you can share your story with our listeners. Chat soon!

    • Glad to hear you like it! Means a lot coming from another appreneur! Look forward to the chat!

  • Benny,
    This is a great idea for an APP. You are now officially an App making machine. It looks great. I wish i could download it but I’m an Android not an Apple.
    Have you started your third one yet?

    Congratulations, I wish you much much success. 🙂

    • Thanks Annie! I liked the idea, but more importantly the execution. Took awhile, but I think it’s worth the wait. I’ll forgive you since you’re not on Apple yet. We can still be friends. 🙂

      Working on more as we speak.

  • Congrats, Benny! Shared already with my peeps. Don’t have iPhone/Pad myself yet…yep, I’m one of those (scarlet “A”ndroid) people! 🙂 Sharing it all around, though. Great job! Looks super useful.

    • Thanks so much Steve. Really appreciate the support! Scarlet “A” people. That’s funny. Never heard that one before. That’s funny. 🙂

  • Wohoo this is amazing. Have not reinstalled a gratitude app on my new phone so yours is going to take pride of place. I do do this in my Penzu journal but not regularly enough so this will focus me on doing this daily – it totally does make you feel lucky to be alive when you list the things you’re grateful for. Did you put this in your change maker form? I think we need to focus on this actually!!!

  • I had been using a Gratitude Journal a while ago, but that had somehow slipped. Seeing this is a good reminder to get back into it again, because I found it did make a big difference to positivity in my day. Thanks!

    • Glad I could give you that reminder to start one again!

  • Yo Benny,
    I love that you are talking about a gratitude journal. A few years ago I was struggling with some things and I started doing something similar.

    Every night before I went to sleep I wrote down 5 things that I appreciated about the day. At first my list was kind of cliche and lame. “Nice weather” “Listened to a good song” but fairly quickly it started getting more detailed “I made a superb turkey sandwich” “That cute girl at starbucks smiled at me (I think)” “My sister busted out a hilarious joke”.

    But the most powerful thing about writing this list was when I would sit down on Sunday and read over my list. Since I had each day labeled and had 5 things from every day I had a total of 35 things to be grateful for. By the time I had finished the list I was left with one thought “Dang! I have a good life :)”. That among a variety of other things is what helped bring me out of a depression that I had a few years back.

    Also, when you see you that someone from Japan bought your app it was me :). I just got it! Though my debit card is from America so maybe it won’t pop up… But either which way you can now officially say you have international sales!

    • Thanks so much Izzy! You’re probably the only person to buy it from Japan so far! I’ll check my stats tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your experience with a gratitude journal. It’s amazing how shifting your attitude will do great things for you. Hope readers will read your comment and understand more the power of keeping a journal.

  • Wow! Congrats on your 2nd ap!
    I have been looking one like this for awhile.
    Is it ipod touch compatible as well?

    • Thank you Namoi! Yes it should be iPod touch compatible.

  • Jo

    Hi Benny,

    Great idea for an app! I just downloaded it onto my iphone but it won’t open. It looks like it is going to open but screen goes black and just goes back to my regular phone screen. Any ideas? I’m looking forward to getting started once I figure out what happened. Wishing you loads of success with this!

    • Thank you Jo! That’s strange it’s not opening up for you. It’s suppose to open and go to a black screen where it’ll show you how to use the app. Try to do a reset on your phone. Really easy. Hold down the power button AND the home button at the same time. Hold it down until the screen goes completely black. You’ll see the power off screen, but keep holding it. Only let go when you see a silver Apple logo. Then let the phone restart. Try the app again. I hope that works. If not, delete the app and reinstall it. Let me know if you can’t get it.

  • Hi Benny,

    Congrats on your second app. I hope you tear things up again on the Apple App Store like you did with your first app. Can’t wait to hear another success story.

    BTW, I am very surprised you are not porting both these apps to Android. I noticed you mentioned in a previous comment that:

    “It’s much more difficult to develop and test for Android and to be honest, the sales are just a fraction of the App store.”

    I just released my first app on Android and I will say that it was a joy to develop and deploy on their platform. Also any updates you make, go live within a few hours which means fixing bugs and deploying them to your users is quick.

    Another advantage is the ability to sell your apps through multiple channels like the Amazon Appstore. I was reluctant to do this at first but am happy I did because 58% of my sales come from Amazon.

    Lastly Android has 64% of the worldwide market share right now. Leaving Apple, RIM, Microsoft, and every other OS/phone developer to scrap-it-out over the remaining 36%.

    I would HIGHLY recommend that you consider porting to Android to maximize your earnings potential.

    If you have any questions feel free to email me.

    -Mark

    • Hi Mark! I just have heard some stories on forums about how Android sales pale in comparison to what they make on iOS. Also something about how there are so many different types of Android phones so when it comes time to testing it’s harder.

      I’m very intrigued by the Android market and have so many users who want my apps on the Android. It’s something I’ve wanted to at least try, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. But I will definitely be emailing you to talk to you more about it!! Thanks!!

      • Benny,

        It’s always going to be more challenging to develop on an open platform that supports a variety of hardware manufacturers, but the risk is well worth the reward.

        Remember the PC market in the 80’s, 90’s 00’s and even today. Microsoft crushed Apple because Apple’s OS only ran on Apple computers that only Apple made.

        Windows on the other hand had deeper market penetration (something like over 90% of all computers ran Windows) because they built their OS around a hardware architecture that any manufacturer can build.

        As a result, Windows became extremely popular.

        This is the same thing, just a different platform. Google is the new Microsoft in the smart phone space. You can’t and shouldn’t ignore them. 🙂

        If and when you are ready to port let me know and I will tell you what I know from my own experience.

        -Mark

  • Congratulations Benny! I am excited about this. So I have started to think, ‘Hmmm, what should I be putting there’. I admit, I have taken for granted many times the things that I have in front of me. It’s great to remember them especially when you feel life sucks!

    • Thank you Rob! When I first started my journal, I wondered too what I should put in there. So I put in little things. Things I always take for granted but when I think about not having it, life wouldn’t be the same.

  • I feel like I have been through some serious crap in the last 4 years and then I realize that there are people that have it worse than me. Then I feel bad, then I forget about it, then I feel like I have it bad, then I see that I still have it better than most, then I feel bad, etc. Good idea!

    • Definitely try out a gratitude journal for 30 days straight. It’s not a huge commitment. If you have an iPhone, you could use the app. If not, just a pen and notebook will do. We all have our ups and downs for sure, but when you’re feeling down, it’s really nice to look at your journal and be reminded of why life is good. Thanks for your comment Jason!

  • That looks like a great app. A gratitude journal is a great thing to maintain and it looks pretty easy with this app. Congratulations to you and looking forward to more interesting apps.

  • The app, itself, does more than just an iphone application. It’s a powerful way to change your life and keep yourself towards the bright future. Everyone knows about the 30 days trial, but no many people do something to change their lifestyles.

    Great work Benny 🙂

  • Useful and stylish app, I’ve bought it instantly as I’ve seen your post on Facebook. I left a review in the Hungarian AppStore as well.
    Btw Benny, could you ping me on twitter (#knyisztor)? There is something I’d like to share with you with regards to the app.

    • Thanks for your help my friend! I’ve passed that info to my developers.

  • I’ve replied to your really nice email and saw you wished me bad karma. I’ve proven that I’m clearly not stealing your designs. Maybe I should blog about this like you say and see who’s the wrong one here.

    My community knows me much better than you do, and they know I’m not the type that would do something like that.

    Certainly ask any reasonable person and they won’t see any design copying from your app. I’ll be nice and leave the links so if anyone is curious they can go check it out. Two different designs for sure. Have a nice day.

  • Man did I need this today. Stinking thinking is out there and it is really easy to engage in it and see the deflating energy take over your life.

    No gossiping. Then see the positive and opportunity in all things. Get people who don’t do the same thing out of your close inner circle.

  • Wowww, I loved it…. One of the best things that can help you to success is gratitude… I will download this app right now. I am really sure everything could be much better if everyone will appreciate all what we have everyday. THANKS FOR THIS!!!

  • Rich

    Hi Benny,

    A FANTASTIC app that both myself and partner are now using. It really can make a difference.

    Thank you 🙂

  • Alice

    Congratulations! I’m so excited about this.This is a REALLY fantastic app!!
    Both me and my brother are using your app. Thank you so much.

  • Great advice Benny. I don’t have a gratitude journal, however practice gratitude at least once a day by listing things to be grateful for. This is a good idea.

  • firdosh joy

    Hey Benny , this is really an awesome app just downloaded it. I can just say wow for this app. Anyways thanks Benny for this awesome app.

  • Lee

    Hi bunny excellent looking app I read in one of your comments that it is not on android. Shame but awesome idea. The power of positive thinking is such a huge boost to everyone. If you can tap into that then well done.

    Great app lee

  • Lee

    Hi benny I came back to this post as I told a friend about your app but couldn’t remember the name of it completely. Then reading in your comments about someone saying you stole the idea. There is always someone with sour grapes who is scared of competition. Good luck with the app.

    Lee

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  • K A

    I love this app! Is it possible to make a photo book that would include the pictures, dates, and text from my calendar?

    • Thanks! Glad you are enjoying it. We don’t have a way to do that now I’m sorry. We’ll explore ways to make that a possibility though sometime in the future.

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