COLLEEN GOLAFSHAN’S THANK YOU GUIDE
Are you ready to start a better life now?
- Research shows gratitude affects most areas of our life.
- Your life will improve saying thank you.
- Write down your thanks with my Thank You Guide!
Say thank you now. Print off this guide (2 pages using 130% text option with the print button above, for best writing space). Use the suggestions to help record:
- Page 1 – Your thanks for each day.
- Page 2 – Your thanks for specific life events, especially the worst. Perhaps print separately (on cardboard). Review regularly.
WRITE/JOURNAL IN YOUR THANK YOU GUIDE each day!
Many people recommend keeping a daily gratitude journal, including Adriana Huffington. She’s quoted from her book Thrive by Lauren Jensen, referring to a study by researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Florida:
having participants write down a list of positive events at the close of a day — and why the events made them happy — lowered their self-reported stress levels and gave them a greater sense of calm at night.
Use these questions to say thank you for your day.
- I usually do this at the end of my day with other questions (ask me for more info).
- Which time or times will work best for you to do this?
1.What was the most rewarding part of my day or best about today?_____________________________________________________________________________________________________Who will I thank for this? Or share my thanks with? Say thank you now (for example, to God) or at least, start this process. ___________________________________________________________________________
2. What was the second most rewarding part of my day?____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Who will I thank for this? Or share my thanks with? Say thank you now (for example, to God) – at least, begin to. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
3.What was worst about today?____________________________________________________________________________________________________
What’s one or more reasons I can say thanks for this?____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Who will I thank for this? Or share my thanks with? Give thanks now (for example, to God). If you can’t, at least, start to work towards this. Ask for help if you need to. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
THANK YOU GUIDE BONUS TIP:
Each day set your alarm to 8am and 8pm to give thanks for at least 3 things.
I thank Kara Tipton for posting this challenge on Facebook, which I’ve enjoyed the last 4 months – saying thanks to God more regularly. If I miss at these times, I aim to catch up later. Which times are best for you to do this? Who will you choose to thank?
As I focus more on saying thank you, I enjoy life more.
I tend to notice more of life’s ‘little’ pleasures – special moments with friends or family, times I smile and laugh, the joy of walking along the ocean and hearing birds sing.
- I’m not only more content with what I’ve been blessed with,
- I’m also more focused to share my blessings. My life isn’t necessarily easier.
- I’m probably more realistic about the difficulties, but I’m using these to grow.
RECORD YOUR THANKS FOR DIFFICULT LIFE EVENTS
- For greatest long-term benefit: Think about the worst thing/s in your life.
- Start giving thanks for the worst now – or at least work towards doing this.
You’ll be amazed how your outlook will change. I’m so thankful for the leaps forward in my life doing this, following suggestions from a little book (title & whereabouts unknown) and a free phone consult with Tarryn Michie from MJB Seminars, Australia.
Record 20 reasons you give thanks for the worst event/s of your life.
- Print one page for each life event, perhaps on cardboard to review often.
- For best results, set aside at least 20 mins to completely focus on this.
- Write your 20 reasons in one focused sitting.
- Review these reasons with thanks regularly, sharing them with God or others.