About the Workbooks
Whether you are flourishing with joy or fighting an overwhelming battle, there is always something to be grateful for.
Understanding that this can sometimes be easier said than done, I wanted to design something that could help people fully commit to gratitude while staying on track with their goals, dreams, and everyday routines at the same time. Rather than thinking of gratitude and goal-setting as two separate processes, Planned Gratitude sets a framework that helps you find balance, motivation, and productivity through the combination of purposeful goals and meaningful gratitude. My hope is that this workbook will help you take advantage of more opportunities in your life and allow you to be grateful for your present situations. Planned Gratitude was designed to help you learn how to acknowledge your thoughts, accept changes as they occur, value what you already have, and make the most of each day.
How does Planned Gratitude work?
In the world of positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, value life experiences, improve health and attitude, and build strong relationships. Gratitude helps people focus on what they have instead of what they lack. Planned Gratitude combines the benefits of gratitude with goal setting to help you flourish a life of happiness, productivity, and wellness.
career + learning
Simply journaling for five minutes a day about what you are grateful for will help you find meaning and purpose in your work. Gratitude has been proven to reduce impatience and improve decision-making. Finding things to be grateful for, even in stressful work environments, can decrease negative side effects and increase productivity. By creating goals around your career, you are purposefully planning for positive growth.
Put on your oxygen mask first! It’s critically important. Everyone comes across some kind of turbulence in life. You must help yourself before you help others. Taking care of yourself can be tricky, especially in a world with readily available ways to distract yourself from uncomfortable feelings (happy hours, shopping malls, casinos, and 24-hour restaurants, to name a few). Gratitude can help you feel better about your complicated life situations. Intentional planning for self-wellness and emotional well-being will fill the empty hole you feel inside and allow to you gain control of your feelings and impulses and feel more joy than you ever dreamed possible.
time + money
When you are appreciative of what you have, you are less likely to get fixated on materialistic things you don’t need. Focusing on the positive through daily, purposeful gratitude will allow you to find what matters in your life. You will be able to focus your energy and earnings on things that mean the most and will decrease the temptation to waste time on things that don’t really matter. The more you identify important moments in life, the less likely you are to miss them.
Gratitude will help you see the value of certain people in your life. In romantic relationships, acknowledging what you appreciate about your partner will increase your feelings of gratefulness. When you feel more grateful, you signal these feelings to your partner through behaviors. These behaviors allow your partner to feel appreciated. An appreciated partner is a grateful partner. Starting to make sense? This cycle of appreciation ultimately strengthens relationships and allows you and your partner to effectively maintain the relationship. However, not all relationships should be held on to. Gratitude can also help you realize when you are in an unhealthy relationship. Similar to romantic relationships, gratitude can improve your friendships and family connections. By expressing your grateful feelings, you are more likely to work through problems and difficult times with your friends and family.
You are in control of how your mind and body feels. Taking five minutes a day to write down what you are grateful for has been proven to increase sleep quality, boost the immune system, and reduce blood pressure. Have you ever made a plan to have better nutrition or increase your level of physical exercise? Being grateful will actually help you stick to your health goals. Gratitude will also improve your overall attitude. When you feel more grateful, you feel less irritated and express less negative emotions, including symptoms of depression. Creating goals around your health and attitude will reduce your temptations of envy, facilitate positive emotions, and increase your self-esteem.
health + attitude
Who is Planned Gratitude for?
Whether you are a working professional, full-time mom, dream-chasing entrepreneur, or diligent student, Planned Gratitude will help you learn how to live a happier, more productive, and fulfilling life through the practice of gratitude.
Setting goals does not need to be as hard as we make it.
Without a structure for setting goals, it is inevitable that we will end up with piles of sticky notes and to-do lists that clutter our desks and minds. Planned Gratitude was designed for yearly goal setting through an effortless system that allows you to create your goals, track your progress, and identify areas for change with ease. Not only does Planned Gratitude provide a system that organizes everything in one place, but your creation of goals are meaningful and purposeful, and are connected to areas of your life that hold significant importance to you.
How does gratitude fit with my goals?
Rather than thinking of gratitude and goal-setting as two separate processes, Planned Gratitude sets a framework that helps you find balance, motivation, and productivity through the combination of purposeful goals and meaningful gratitude. While it can be difficult to focus on gratitude when you are overwhelmed with day-to-day stress, Planned Gratitude holds you accountable and serves as a powerful motivator to take action on your goals. Planned Gratitude guides you to overcome fears and barriers and replace them with gratitude and grace. Ultimately, Planned Gratitude can help you seek out the good in your life and, in return, have a positive effect on your productivity and outlook. By being intentional with goals and gratitude, you can create the life you love.