Recently we read a book called “The Compound Effect: Multiplying Your Success One Simple Step at a Time“. It was written by Darren Hardy.
In his book he mentioned about how his relationship has improved from his daily journal. In his own words “I will share my experience that had literally changed my marriage. One Thanksgiving, I decided to keep a Thanks Giving Journal for my wife. Every day for an entire year I logged at least one thing I appreciated about her – the way she interacted with her friends, how she cared for our dogs, the fresh bed she prepared, a succulent meal she whipped up, or the beautiful way she styled her hair that day – whatever. I looked for the things my wife was doing that touched me, or revealed attributes, characteristics, or qualities I appreciated. I wrote them all down secretly for the entire year. By the end of the year, I’d filled an entire journal.
When I gave it to her the following Thanksgiving, she cried, calling it the best gift she’d ever received. (Even better than the BMW I’d given her for her birthday!). The funny thing was that the person most affected by this gift was me. All that journaling forced me to focus on my wife’s positives aspects. I was consciously looking for all the things she was doing “right.” That heartfelt focus overwhelmed anything I might have otherwise complained about. I fell deeply in love with her all over again (maybe even more than ever, as I was seeing subtleties in her nature and behavior instead of her more obvious qualities). My appreciation, gratitude, and intention to find the best in her was something I held in my heart and eyes each day. This caused me to show up differently in my marriage, which, of course, made her respond differently to me. Soon, I had even more things to write in my Thanks Giving journal! As a result of choosing to take a mere five minutes every day or so to document all the reasons why I was grateful for her, we experienced one of the best years of our marriage, and it’s only gotten better.”
Just pick someone like your spouse, a child, a parent or any one and take 5 minutes at the end of the day to record one thing you are grateful for about that person. Again, the person that will be most impacted by this exercise will be YOU.
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