Being Great(ful)!

Being Great(ful)!

Many of us celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving and show our appreciation for all things we are thankful for! Here's a great crafty idea for you:

Create a Gratitude Journal around Thanksgiving and continue being grateful all year round! Here's how you do it: Each night, write down 5 things that you are thankful for. You can write silly or funny things. Write down things that you love, like yummy foods you have tried, your pets that snuggle with you, maybe a good grade in class! You can write song lyrics, famous quotes, even people who make your day better. No matter what, don't forget to write in your Gratitude Journal. It's easy to get caught up in the craziness of everyday life – school, family, friends, extra-curricular activities, OMG!

However, if we don't stop to say "thank you" for all of the blessings we are given, we can miss out on the beauty that surrounds us. Beauty isn't just a word that describes pretty things. Beauty is a feeling and an emotion; beauty is that 'thing' inside of us that makes us who we are! Why not search for the beauty in your life & create a Gratitude Journal?

It's a very simple and fun way to record what you're truly thankful for. After a while, you'll feel a difference inside and will actively search for things during your day to write about in your journal at night. Pretty soon, your negative thoughts will turn into positive thoughts and you'll be happier and healthier – plus, since gratitude lights up your eyes and brings a smile to your face, you'll be much prettier since your inner beauty is shining through! Here's how to create your Gratitude Journal:

  • Get or make a journal with blank pages and clearly identify the outside of it as your "Gratitude Journal"
  • 10 minutes before bedtime each night, write down 5 things that you are thankful for that day. You can keep things quick and simple (use a pen or pencil) or have some extra fun (use markers, crayons, puffy paint, pictures, etc.)
  • Decorate your journal! Add jewels, glitter, photos, doodles and more to add your personality
  • Keep your Gratitude Journal in a safe place. Remember, it's not something to show off or flaunt. It's personal – kind of like a diary!

Keep up with this daily practice of gratitude & just see what happens…positive thoughts bring more positive things to you! If you enjoyed the idea of the Gratitude Journal, make sure to check out the upcoming crafts & projects in BYOU Magazine! Wednesday Nov. 21 through Sunday Nov. 25, we will be running a BLACK FRIDAY blowout special on magazine subscriptions! It's only $11 for an entire year when you use promo-code BlackFri11 at checkout. (Regularly $17.97/yr) Subscribe online at

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