Gratitude Fatigue

One Solution

Gratitude fatigue or burnout is something I’ve been talking about for several years. I’ve been coming up with solutions for you to try to keep your gratitude fresh. I’ve developed a plethora of tools to help you keep your gratitude game alive.

Unfortunately, these posts are scattered across 14 years of blogging. So recently I’ve been working on a project to renew these methods and bring them to you in a new light.

The first one of these is a video I recently uploaded to YouTube called gratitude chains

That idea came from a book called Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey (TED Books) by A. J. Jacobs.

The video I offer up below is from Marie Forleo. 

Marie talks about gratitude fatigue and does a beautiful job of illustrating just what gratitude fatigue is.

Her method of dealing with keeping your gratitude practice fresh is very simple.

Just like in gratitude chains you take one thing your grateful for. 

A gratitude chain follows outward like a chain to thank everyone you can think of who helped bring that item into your life.

Marie’s method is to detail in 5 sentences that one thing you are grateful for.

Enjoy the video.

Don't Dismiss A Journaling Practice

Video Notes

1 Gratitude is the number one super tool to transform your life. My belief is it’s the doorway to expanded awareness, increased joy and the well-being that comes from acknowledging just how grateful you all for everything in your life. 

2 Don’t just think about gratitude: journal it for:

  • Personal insights
  •  Discipline

The Exercise:

Pick one item you are grateful for.
Then write five detailed sentences about why you are grateful for that item.  

“One of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is to establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. When we are grateful, we affirm that sources of goodness exist in our lives. By writing each day, we magnify and expand on these sources of goodness. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with even mundane or ordinary events, personal attributes one has, or valued people one encounters has the potential to weave together a sustainable life theme of gratefulness just as it nourishes a fundamentally affirming life stance. ... Gratitude journaling promotes the savoring of positive life experiences and situations so that we can distill the maximum satisfaction and enjoyment from them. This promotes a shift in consciousness from what we are lacking to the abundance that surrounds us. Gratitude leads us to affirm and acknowledge the good things in our lives. ... And because you can’t be grateful and negative at the same time, it counteracts feelings of envy, anger, greed, and other states harmful to happiness.”

Robert Emmons

In one of those wonderful moments of serendipity, I order one of Robert Emmons’s books: Thanks!: How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier which I couldn’t get in a Kindle version so it’s on its way to me on the slow boat.

Here is the title Marie mentions: Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity

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What item are you going to use for your first time using this gratitude technique?

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