Gratitude Stories: Simple moments of gratitude

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Submitted by JK Hairston

I really thought my life was ok and that I was generally a positive person before making Gratitude an almost daily habit.
I was wrong. I started using the Gratitude App because I wanted to become more intentional about expressing gratitude. I started by
doing the daily challenges. Because I wanted to develop more of an intentional practice of gratitude. I thought the app was fun and
I enjoyed posting pictures to the app, yet after I started, I realized that it was not only fun to have a photo journal of the meaningful and fun moments of my life, I realized that I began to remember these moments in my mind the next day or days later. I was amazed to find that I was now creating new joyful memories that I can experience again and again throughout the week. So my life is becoming more and more joyful as I focus my mind on joyful moments each and every day. I even think of moments now and look forward to writing about them in my gratitude journal. As a psychiatrist, I have been astonished about how joyful I can be reflecting upon simple moments of gratitude.
I also noticed that when I am not experiencing the joy that practicing gratitude will buoy my spirits within moments.
Thank you so much for creating a platform for this experience. I am truly grateful.

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