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When I commit to the “Blog Profiles” I write, I am generally inspired by the seasons and/or current events. My original idea was to profile “gratitude” blogs in advance of Thanksgiving and to help put this year in perspective.
Then this month brought some additional misfortune (as if 2020 wasn’t bad enough) and the idea of visiting gratitude blogs was not on the top of my list.
Still, as anyone who regularly uses gratitude for their personal wellbeing knows, these are the times when it helps the most. With that on my mind, here are some of the gratitude “blogs we love.”
Author Julie Boyer, who also wrote a book titled Wake Up with Gratitude, has taken her work online with a website and blog. The honesty in her blog posts like “Why Am I So F*ing Tired?” really got my attention. The rawness of the post and Boyer’s commitment to still show gratitude is motivating, considering she wrote the post in April and it is still applicable 6+ months later.
The blog is a good source of easy ways to be grateful, especially helpful given it’s November. The short poem in the post “A Recipe for Simple Gratitude” is a quick gratitude practice in and of itself.
Reading this blog can really help you set a thankful tone for the holiday season.
Follow @juliecmboyer on Twitter.
The Gratefulness.org blog is like having a warm cup of tea with a wise grandmother; it soothes, comforts, warms, and still informs your soul. The Gratefulness community, linked to Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, aims to “inspire and guide a commitment to grateful living.”
The mission is carried out with misty images and “reflections” rather than comments on each page. In posts like “Waking Up to What Is: Grateful in the Face of It All,” you are left with thought-provoking takeaways like, “Gratefulness does not require that I substitute happiness for the richness and teachings of struggle.” Even as I started this blog post, I was equating gratefulness and happiness (at least cheerfulness), so reading that gave me some perspective. I am grateful for the richness and teaching of struggle.
Expect lots of introspection when reading this blog.
Follow @GratefulnessOrg on Twitter.
Habitual Gratitude is a gratitude blog that puts into practice what the Gratefulness blog is guiding. Blogger Lisa Valentine, who is also inspired by Brother David Steindl-Rast, provides a daily jolt of gratitude from her life. The posts are usually a quick read and are her personal experience of gratitude.
The posts on Habitual Gratitude are an incarnation of the gratitude process, which the audience has the benefit of experiencing firsthand. A timely representation of the process can be seen in the post “Exercising . . . Rights and Body.” Being grateful for the right to vote but knowing that with rights comes responsibilities is that self-examination found in the gratitude practice.
Follow @HabitgratLisa on Twitter.