Hey [FIRST NAME GOES HERE],
Hope you're well this week. If you're struggling physically or emotionally, perhaps today's article about using a gratitude script will be at least incrementally helpful to you.
Here on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, it's been busy. Juggling physical therapy appointments with daily homework assignments on non-PT days is quite the shock for my body. Feels good to have some muscle soreness.
I'm also having fun building a new self-paced course for the digital journaling side of my list, and working on a wonderful cohort experience with my friend Ramses Oudt.
Today's focus, though, is gratitude. It's a bit of a Mad Libs practice I learned from a terrific tiny book.
Enjoy this excerpt from my ebook, Tame Your Monkey Mind: 7 Journaling Stacks for Engaging Your Rational Brain.
UP YOUR GRATITUDE GAME WITH A FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS SCRIPT
This practice is surprisingly effective and it comes straight from Dr. Robert A. Emmons' The Little Book of Gratitude.
Remember MadLibs: The World’s Greatest Word Game?
These were little tablets filled with quick stories made ridiculous when the holder of the tablet asked for “adjectives,” “verbs,” or “plural nouns.”
They were wonderful for road trips, as long as someone in the car was immune from motion sickness.
This script from The Little Book of Gratitude is a fill-in-the- blank system that helps us remember that, like the previous quote says, “we did not get to where we are in life by ourselves.”
The “Mad Libs for Gratitude” helps us to “live in truth.”
Copy and paste it digitally, or rewrite it in your notebook, filling in the blanks as you go.
Earth is a pretty traumatic place to live right now, isn't it?
If you're struggling with thoughts of self-harm or you're thinking about giving up, please do reach out to a mental health pro or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
If I can be of service to you by helping you with a journaling sequence to help you sort out a problem, hit reply. I'll do my best to offer some suggestions.
In the meantime, I'll be in touch in a week.