I reached out to my mom this week to talk with her about some challenges I’d been struggling with. We talked for a good hour. She really listened and tried to understand my situation. In her response she gave me some new perspectives and things to think about. I’m grateful for the love and support she showed! 

How about you? What are you grateful for this week? 

Especially in tough times it’s easy to identify what doesn’t go as we’d like. For example, when a parent, sibling, or friend does something that upsets or hurts you, you might remember it at the end of the day. But what about when that same person says or does something thoughtful, or something just went as well as you could have hoped? Unfortunately we sometimes take good events for granted, especially if they’re not out of the ordinary. Practicing gratitude can change this. Making your own gratitude journal brings that much more beauty and fun to this practice!

What You’ll Need:
Paper (more sheets = more pages!)
Markers, crayons, pens, paint, or other medium to decorate
Photos or other collage materials

Step 1:
Fold your paper in half to form a booklet. The shape and size of your journal is up to you!

Step 2:
Use your stapler to staple booklet near fold so that the pages do not fall out.

Step 3:
Decorate the front of your journal with your supplies. You may like to give it a title, draw pictures, make a collage…whatever you like to make it unique and special to you!

Step 4:
Use your journal! Reflecting on and writing down things that you are grateful for about once a week can help you develop a healthy habit of recognizing the everyday “gifts” you receive.

Project created by BAC Faculty Deb Hicks