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Gratitude

By Carisa Carlton

 30-Days of Gratitude

began on September 5, 2017

One of my hobbies is taking classes. Instead of playing games, I enroll in all sorts of online courses. I especially like Coursera because their format matches my idea of logical organization, and they offer a wide variety of topics. Last week I signed up for “A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment.”  One of the assignments is to write a letter of gratitude to someone, then call that person and read the letter to them. So, I did it, and it made me feel really good, so I thought, “Why stop there?” I decided to challenge myself to 30-days of gratitude writing.

Every day for 30 days, I am going to wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual, write a letter of gratitude to someone, then read the letter to the recipient. If one letter made me feel good, I am curious to know how I will feel after 30 days.

One thing to note is that I am not spending more than 30 minutes or so writing these letters. They are first drafts. Of course, I could perfect them with multiple revisions, but perfection in my gratitude is not my objective. Notice, too, the lack of SEO strategy.

Here are my gratitude letters. Every day for 30 days, I will add another. I hope you share your thoughts by calling me at 323-999-1376 or writing to me at mscarisa at gmail.com.

Day 1: September 5, 2017:  Toni

Day 2: September 6, 2017: Stefan

Day 3: September 7, 2017: Carol

Day 4: September 8, 2017: Dr. C

Day 5: September 9, 2017: Gavin

Day 6: September 10, 2017: Marie

The 30-Days of Gratitude letter writing is not an easy journey. You have to be devoted to filtering out negative thoughts. Publishing first drafts as the final draft is a process of focusing on communicating clearly and taking a step toward that goal everyday. The results in happiness are felt immediately on day one. After day five, everything seemed brighter to me. I was able to see the beauty in every person and I was able to see bad behaviors as simple unhappiness. I became clearer about what I value in others. And I realized my value to others.

Day 7: September 11, 2017: Violet

After a sleepless night and a full day in court, I can still express my gratitude on schedule. The order in which I wrote these letters are not a reflection of hierarchy. I just write with the flow.

Day 8: September 12, 2017: Mom

My 30-Days of gratitude is delayed by a few days. This has been an intense journey. I prevailed in court today.  But I know there’s more adversity to come my way. I gain power to achieve a higher awareness from reading and re-reading my own letters. It has established within me the core power to rely on others and trust that my friends and family are there for me. This gratitude journey gives me smiles and hope. I’ll start writing letters again. Let’s see how long this takes me to offload a major assault to the womb.

Day 9: September 19, 2017: Adi

Another secret to peaceful living is to sit someplace pleasing to your soul and memorize every aspect of that moment from the feel of your skin, the colors around you, and the smell of something that sets your soul free. Think about the gravity you feel with the earth under you.  Let your eyes absorb the light. Then just sit there and memorize that moment of joy and peace around you. Whenever something goes crazy in your life, remember that moment. When I sat in the boorish courthouse hallways, I was able to imagine myself back to the Ritz Carlton seaside heaven.

Day 10: September 20, 2017: Eric

My first gratitude letter was based on…

An Experiment in Gratitude | The Science of Happiness