Homework: Gratitude Journal

Homework: Gratitude JournalWhen I was 13 years old I didn’t like myself or my life. I’m sure most 13 year olds feel that way at some point, but I felt like I was alone and didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

My mom noticed and enrolled me in a class at her church called “I AM” with other sad teens. At first I thought it was cheesy. We had to go around the room each week and say one thing we loved about ourselves…BARF!! We also had to keep a journal and each night write 3 things that were good from that day. How awful right? It was hard at first but over time it got easier to see the good in myself and in my life. And the more good I found, the more good showed up.

I am so glad I learned at an early age the importance of gratitude. Even through dark times in high school, college, and as an adult, I have always found something to be thankful for. And when things seemed the toughest, I would go back to my “I AM” homework and write down 3 things every day that are good in my life.

I have a gratitude journal that I pull out anytime I feel stuck, frustrated, sad, or angry. I force myself to write 3 things a day I am grateful for. Guess that “I AM” stuff wasn’t so terrible after all! And actually, I haven’t had to pull it out in over a year!! How awesome is that!!

In the meantime I am still grateful every single day and share my gratitude daily. I typically think of at least 10 things I am grateful for before I even get out of bed in the morning and another 10 before I go to bed at night.

Last year I participated in a 30 day gratitude challenge on facebook and afterward decided to continue for a year. I started a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/IHeartGratitude) where I post daily. I love getting notifications that others are posting because it reminds me to post again! Talk about an upward spiral!!

I also post daily on my fan page (www.facebook.com/KirstenMcCaySmith). I set a goal of 1,000 days of gratitude and I am on day 329. I am grateful I have had something to be grateful for every single day for almost a year!

So here is your homework…

Start a gratitude journal (private or public) and post in it daily. If life is rough for you right now, start private, start with 1 thing a day, it can be as little as being grateful you woke up this morning. If you want to challenge yourself even more, go for 3 gratitudes each day! And for the ultimate challenge (and reward) post your gratitude publicly. Share with the world that you are grateful. It will inspire others to be grateful and the more collective gratitude we have in the world, the more amazing our world (and your life) will be.

I double dog dare you to try it for 30 days and see what happens. Or join me for a thousand days on my fan page.

And PS…I am grateful for YOU!!!

See you next week!


  1. I am grateful that I have connected with you and have you as a friend.

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