5 Reasons I Started A Gratitude Journal And You Should, Too

5 Reasons I Started A Gratitude Journal And You Should, Too

It's so easy to take things for granted.
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How often do you stop to actively appreciate the people and things that make your life possible?

It's so easy to become all too familiar with these aspects of your life and fail to see the true value in them. We fall into a routine, mindlessly go about our day to day activities, and expect people to be there for us when we need help.

Especially when you’re in a depressive or anxious state of mind, it’s so easy to see all of the negatives in life. I’ve read and heard many people talk about this “tunnel vision.” Engulfed in thoughts that lead you to believe that you are not adequate enough for your tasks at hand, you don’t matter, and you will never succeed are the epitome of self-destruction and self-hatred. This negative energy transfers into your relationship with friends, family, work, school, etc.

If you are constantly experiencing this detrimental self-talk, no wonder everything sucks. This is something I’ve come to realize myself. Journaling about the things I’m grateful for allows me to take a step back, get out of my head, and marvel at all the beauty in my life.

1. It guides my positive thinking

Instead of getting discouraged or envious when I see someone with more or my idea of "better" than me, I'm able to look at all the things I do have. It's such a liberating feeling to let go of this constant jealousy towards others and be able to appreciate what you can call your own. I am more enthusiastic about my own life.

2. I go through my day more mindfully

It’s so easy to get distracted by my thoughts throughout the day, to the point where I don’t hear the person who is talking to me, or I will fail to notice the way the sun fills me with energy. Rushing around throughout the day and avoiding potential pain has the power to make you ungrateful and dull. When I know I will be giving myself the time to reflect on all the things I have to be grateful for, it sets my mind up to be in tune with what’s going on around me.

3. I can see problems as opportunities

The mind loves to play tricks on itself. Going into a confrontation with the mindset that you will be rejected or that it will not play out in your favor sets you up for failure. Being grateful does not involve going into a situation with the mindset that it will bring about pain, rather it allows you to appreciate the opportunity at hand.

4. It strengthens my personal relationships

There are plenty of things that I can be grateful for, like my guitar, for example. But I would rather thank my dad for gifting me the guitar. Writing down the ways in which my friends and family have helped and guided me fills me with an appreciation for them. In turn, it shines a light on what I can do to show that I acknowledge their support and be able to help them in return.

5.) It provides a greater sense of self

Showing gratitude to the people and things that surround me fills me with wonder about my own abilities. I can be confident about the ability I have to recognize the meaning of waking up every morning. It provides an opportunity to show love and compassion. It gives me a purpose, to strive to better myself for others around me.

Taking the time to write down the things your grateful will impact your overall happiness. It will allow you to clearly see all the little gift that life has to offer. It floods your mind and body with positive energy.

You should read over these tips and start your gratitude journal today!!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

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7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

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Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

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9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

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10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

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A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

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Alex Smith And The Great Coincidence

Alex Smith's injury gave Joe Theismann the replay he wished to never see on November 18th.

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If you are any sort of sports fan or strong relationship with one, you may have witnessed what now seems to be an unrealistic repeat of history. November 18th, 2018- exactly 33 years after Joe Theismann's great injury-to the day, Alex Smith's leg snapped and Joe Theismann witnessed the replay he never wished to see.

A major family movie in my home growing up was The Blind Side. At the beginning of the movie is the famous tackle of Lawrence Taylor towards Theismann. This play has always stuck out as one that no one wishes to see again. The thoughts afterward are scary regarding your career and family members can only be worrisome.

This possible life-changing play has more than just the date in similarities. Both Theismann and Smith were taken down at the 40-yard line. Not only that, but the final score of both games ended out 23-21. This incident may be the one to convince you that history finds a way to repeat itself even when it's an unnatural occurrence. To add to the similarities, both quarterbacks finished their seasons with 301 attempts.

Theismann's injury occurred at a point in time when technology was still advancing and learning more ways to improve recoveries. In 2018, technology has reached advancement and athletic training specialists have expressed they hope to get Smith on a path where his football career may not be put to an abrupt stop.

At the moment, details of the injury are as follows. Smith broke his tibia and fibula, but because of the bone breaking through the skin, he also suffered a spiral fracture in his leg. Although Smith is predicted to be sidelined six – eight months, Dr. David Chao, who was previously the team doctor for the Chargers, does not see this injury as being career-ending.

The six – eight months off for recovery could bring frustration and hard-times, but also come reap some benefits. Taking time away from a passion within your life can be difficult but with it also allows for more time with those who love you support you. His wife and two sons will have more opportunity to spend with their father and their home life can help had positivity to this hardship.

I hope for a smooth and graceful recovery to Smith and pray technology has improved enough to get him back on the field if that is what he desires.

I also hope history stops repeating itself and keeps accidents in the past, to remain in the past.

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