Every day since May 27, 2015-exactly a year ago, I have been writing what I've been grateful for on daily basis via Google doc. This started when my then boyfriend decided this would be a worthwhile endeavor. Since separating, we have still continued writing our "daily gratitudes" or DGs. 167 pages later- it's been a year of DGs.
What's it like to write what you are grateful everyday for 365 days? One, it offers perspective. By truly "counting your blessings" and cataloguing them, I think it serves as a positive reminder of what all I have to be thankful in life for. Even for the more bad days, it's nice to think about the positives within the bad days. Two, the unexpected outcome of the DGs is how it enables you to keep in touch with a person- even if you may be halfway across the world- 14 hours apart time wise. Because you get to see what's been going on in another's daily life, through the framework of gratitude, you feel that you are still very much a part of the person's daily life. Additionally, there's something therapeutic about sharing what you are grateful on a daily basis. Third, by doing a DG with a partner, it promotes accountability. Because I feel that the DGs are a partner-driven effort, I feel more of a motivation to logging them on a daily basis.
Overall, this was a worthwhile endeavor. I'd highly recommend doing DGs- whether it's with a friend, partner, or family member.