Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has—as opposed to, for example, a consumer-driven emphasis on what one wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness—and especially expression of it to others—is associated with increased energy, optimism, and empathy.
A Pockitude™ is a gratitude recorded in a pocket-sized journal. It’s choosing to focus on the better things, the things that remind you why it’s great to be alive. See for yourself the change in your attitude, and how you will begin to discover the good in things, people, and places. With a quick jot, you get a shift in your attitude.
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I know, I know. I’ve heard all the arguments for journaling. It’s reflective. You learn about yourself. It keeps your life in perspective. But frankly, it just wasn’t doing it for me. Whenever I write, I want it to be moving toward something. Even if I know I’ll chop a lot in the editing process, it at least feels like progress. Journaling never felt like progress. I could never do it consistently, and if I had to write one more feeling about myself, I would have thrown up. So instead, I tried something different…