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Updated on September 16, 2014

Keep a Gratitude Journal!

Keeping a Journal is a great way to remind yourself of your sincere intentions and to keep track of your progress or your slip ups. Without a place to report to, it is simply too easy to forget you ever had any inspiration for change . Writing down your short-term goals can help you break out of bad habits or reach a little higher for something you desire. The very best way to start is to write down the things you are grateful for. This simple act has the power to circulate the energy of gratitude in your life and bring you even more things, events, ideas, people and experiences to be grateful for.

Scientific Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier

Did you know that there is a crucial component of happiness that is often overlooked? In the pages of this eminently readable book, Robert Emmons -- editor in chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology -- draws on the first major study of the subject of gratitude, of "wanting what we have," and shows that a systematic cultivation of this underexamined emotion can measurably change people's lives. Readers will discover how:

People who regularly practice grateful thinking can increase their "set-point" for happiness by as much as 25 percent.

Such increases can be sustained over a period of months -- challenging the previously held notion that our set-points for happiness are frozen at birth.

Keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks results in better sleep and more energy.

Emmons also reaches beyond science to bolster the case for gratitude by weaving in the writings of philosophers, novelists, and theologians. Like no other book has before, Thanks! inspires readers to embrace gratitude and all the benefits it can bring into our lives.

A Journal to Help You Become Who You Really Are

A journal and a guide to exploring dreams, aspirations, and emotions, Soul Catcher invites you to ask questions, seek answers, and listen to your own guiding spirit as you make the choices that shape your life. It allows you to envision the future as you create it through your actions in the present. Beautifully illustrated, this journal has a spiral, lay-flat binding that makes it easy to write in whenever and wherever you feel inspired

A Place to Tell Yourself the Truth!

Keeping a journal for an extended period of time lets you learn the truth about yourself. Do certain problems occur again and again at work, at home or in your relationships? Do you notice when you are in a pattern of behavior that you just can't break out of? A Journal can reflect back to you how your motivation waxes and wanes, or how many projects you let fizzle out after a brief burst of excitement. Your journal is actually a gift to your future self! Keeping a journal today means you can look back in five years, ten years or in old age at what you were thinking and dreaming about. Here is where you secretly keep the past version of yourself.

Take Flight and Write in This Luminous Goddess Journal

The Spirit of Flight is personified as a luminous goddess surrounded by dynamic elements from nature. Enjoy this beautiful, oversized journal from critically acclaimed fantasy artist Josephine Wall. This detailed image from one of her best known works of art has been debossed and treated with gold foil highlights to create a one of a kind journal. 192 lined pages. 7-1/4'' wide x 9'' high.

Keep a Gratitude Journal

Start a daily practice of writing down all of the things you are grateful for. When you write in your journal, don't dwell on things that went wrong. Focus on the positive aspects of your day or week, even when you have to dig hard to find something. Writing down what you are grateful for can truly change your life as it brings your focus to the miracles everywhere around us. It might take a while for you to notice the effect, but you'll soon be seeing faster change in your life because we tend to move towards what we're focusing on.

The 1000 Journals Project: Traveling Exhibition

This exhibition celebrates The 1000 Journals Project, an ongoing collaborative and participatory experiment that follows 1,000 blank journals as they journey around the world. Each journal is stamped with a message inviting participants to draw, paste, rip, or write on its pages, and then pass it on when finished. Exchanged by friends and strangers or left in bus shelters and other unexpected places, the books have accumulated a rich tapestry of stories, drawings, and personal reflections. Collectively, the journals have traveled to more than 40 countries and all 50 states. Co-curated by anonymous project creator Someguy and Stephanie Pau of the SFMOMA Education Department, this presentation features a selection of journals that have returned to San Francisco. In keeping with the spirit of the project, journals and art supplies will be available to visitors, offering an open invitation to participate in this exciting social-art experiment.

Voyeuristic. Inspirational. Entertaining. - One thousand blank journals are currently circulating throughout the world.

These journals beckon contributors who find them by chance on trains, in cafes, and anonymously left on doorsteps. Artist Someguy shares more than 250 of the best entries: a collage of African countries repositioned into a new continent; the musings of a teen trapped in a drug- ravaged community; a student's humorous personal ad for his ideal girlfriend .

Angel Catcher Journal

Angel Catcher: A Journal of Loss and Remembrance

Over the past decade, people have looked to the Angel Catcher as a unique and sensitive guide to help overcome the loss of a loved one. This grieving journal not only helps through the loss, but also celebrates the life of the person who has passed away. With room for photographs, headings to inspire reflection, and space to record thoughts and memories, this keepsake book will capture forever the treasured memories of a loved one. With a powerful message of hope, it is a way to catch--and hold--an angel.

An Angel Catcher for Kids to Remember Loved Ones


Angel Catcher for Kids - A Journal to Help You Remember the Person You Love Who Died

This Angel catcher journal for kids can assist a child in dealing with the painful and often confusing process of grieving. The journal accomplishes this by inviting the child to record precious memories of the special person who has died.

There are guided prompts to help the child express their feelings in a healthy way. There is also room for photographs and many blank pages for creative use. This journal will be a keepsake and a treasure for life.

Go Ahead! Wreck This Journal! - Flickr photo:Surfacing by Kymberlee della Luce

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement to start writing on a pristine white

sheet of paper. It feels just too intimidating to boldly make our mark. The answer

to this quandary is to get a journal that makes it all ok; The "Wreck This Journal"


Inspiring Empty Books to Draw You In - Get Creative!

Here's a Great Journal for Kids!

My Magical World Journal
My Magical World Journal

Every child has a magical world, and keeping track of it in this journal could be the beginning of an inspired story that lasts a lifetime. The hardcover is actually 3-D!


And For the Person Who Doesn't Like Resolutions...

Thank you for your thoughtful comments! - My readers were the first to let me know that this lens was picked as Lens of the Day for New Year's Eve!

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      MichaelAncara 5 years ago

      Why Your New Year's Resolutions Will Fail

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      MichaelAncara 5 years ago

      Great lens!

      But have a look at this article as well: Why Your New Year's Resolutions Will Fail

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I love the idea of keeping a new year's gratitude journal. This may be my new year's resolution.

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      Hearty Cindy Penaranda 5 years ago from Ormoc City

      this is a pretty great idea

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Journaling is a great way to make resolutions REAL! ...and have fun at the same time.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      I like the thought of a journal not just for me but for our child. Angel blessed.

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      squid-pinkchic18 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very helpful. I featured this on my lens titled "New Yearâs Resolution Ideas". Thanks for sharing!

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      AmyGSTL 8 years ago

      What a wonderful focus for a journal -- gratitude! Thanks for gathering all of these wonderful resources into your lens.

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Well done. I can't tell you how many journals I have started. Whew!


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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      You are one of January 2009 graduates! Come by and answer few questions to show the way to those who will follow! Wish you many, many more great lenses!

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      Mountainside-Crochet 8 years ago

      I've actually started a Gratitude Journal many times, and somehow...... But, eventually I return. This lovely lens is a good reminder it's now 'time to return'. I'm grateful for your wonderful words of encouragement.

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      Hi BK, Been trying to work my way thru the FSContestents to ck all the lens and I was delighted to find your excellent lens. I've been blessed most of my days to have been taught to understand the joy of learning an "attitude of gratitude". The journal is a great idea and I'm sure it has served you well! Congrats on LOTD also. Stars and faved. BTW one of my favorite moments of gratitude was enjoying R&R on Maui way back in 1971 when there was only one chain hotel there...The Holiday Inn out at Kapalua. I stayed w/some friends I met on a sailboat near the old hotel @ Lahania. Rented a car and drove to Hana... didn't want to leave... You have a beautiful place to live, write and sing! Went back several yrs ago... couldn't believe the commercial growth and changes!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely - I find there is nothing as tempting as a beautiful blank book! Besides, wouldn't we all be better off if we focused on what was good in our lives instead of complaining on what is going wrong? Thank you for sharing:)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have said many times that I wanted to start a Gratitude Journal but never have. Your lens is very inspirational. Thank you.

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      EducatorWithaHe 8 years ago

      I love this lens! Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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      Delia 8 years ago

      very nice lens...I have a hard time keeping a journal, I only write if something troubles me...a bad habit...5*

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      keithranney 8 years ago

      Nice lens. I like the "My Magical World Journal" - very "Harry Potter meets the Muppets."

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      keithranney 8 years ago

      Nice lens. I like the "My Magical World Journal" - very "Harry Potter meets the Muppets."

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      This lens entered Fresh Squid Contest for February as one of featured lenses on Fresh Squid group in January! Come by and vote!

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      marvinschult 8 years ago

      Few days ago in Costa Rica, that place where I was born, suffer an earhtquake. After our autorithies discover a lot of trauma and danger of mental health in a lot of people. Let me suggest that like a tool for recovery post earthtquake.

      Thanks and wish the best for this New Year and keep in your journal.


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      purplelady 8 years ago

      Your lens inspired me to start journaling as one of my New Years resolutions. I was given a journal when I retired in 2001 and had misplaced it when we moved. I found it a couple of weeks ago and then I found your lens. Seems to go together as a sign of something; perhaps that maybe this time I will actually keep one of my resolutions and also keep writing longer in a journal. Great lens worth 5Journals and a lensroll.

      Perhaps you would like to voice your opinion in my Hey Monkey Brain lens:

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow! Talk about the "journey of a thousand journals"! Very entertaining and informative lens. Thanks.

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      cannedguds lm 8 years ago

      Frankly speaking, I have stopped writing New Year's resolution since I don't know when. Only at this time that I'm planning to write some again after reading your lens. Thanks for the awakening! You inspired me to write again resolutions and you know what my first and foremost resolution for this year is? .... to make more Squidoo lens! Thanks for sharing this! Hope you can also visit some of my lenses!

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Wonderful lens! This lens is featured on Fresh Squid group page for next month! Welcome aboard! Hope to see many great lenses made by you in future!

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      You are so right. If it's not put in writing , it won't stick. I like your refreshing approach. Thank you!

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      Brainplug 8 years ago

      I resolved not to make any resolutions. ;) Good work on the lens!

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Great inspiration - I'll have to get back to journalling and creating my New Year Resolutions - so often my goals are achieved when I write them down.

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      AnnDuncan 8 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of the Day! Journaling is near and dear to my heart. I consider my journals part of my legacy to my family and (almost!) daily write of my challenges, of what I find that inspires me, etc, and especially, what I am grateful for.

      Currently I'm going through The Artist's Way workbook, which, among other assignments, requires a daily first-thing-in-the-morning 3 pages of stream of consciousness journaling. This is a different kind of journaling, more of a brain dump, (ie. where I'm free to whine) to free me up for the day as well as to focus my thinking.

      I am glad to see your lens encouraging journaling, whatever the journaling style.


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      BeautifulGreenB 8 years ago

      It's true you are your toughest critic, so what better way to stay on track than to have to answer to...yourself! Well done, thanks for the inspiration and ideas!

      BTW: what's YOUR New Year's resolution?

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      osageorange 8 years ago

      The old news years resolution. Why not put off until tomorrow what should be done today. I would normally love this but it just another promise that nobody keeps. How about this instead. New day resolution. Every second of everyday I will try harder. I will try to be a better person everyday. I will try to quick smoking and drinking everyday. I will try to treat every person I meet with respect everyday. There is no need to wait until a new year to try to do better. A new year may be to late to try. Start today and everyday to be better!!

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      VSP 8 years ago

      I used to write reguarly in a prayer journal. This lens is a good reminder for me to get back to that. Thanks

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      Kyanisunrise 8 years ago

      Great lens!! A great list of books. There are many resources to help build your life of dreams. I also have a lens on 2009 New Year resolutions. Check it out!!!

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      BlueWaterVision 8 years ago

      I began keeping a gratitude journal last year. Mine is leather bound and beautiful. Getting a journal that feels good to you is important. It has really changed my outlook and how I approach things. A great reminder for me to get in gear...again. I am grateful for your squid!

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I enjoyed reading about the 1000 Journals Project: Traveling Exhibition. Wouldn't it be nice to have been the person the journals were purchased through. I keep a journal .. I always find it entertaining to read 10 year down the road. Amazing what is brought back to memory.

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      gods_grace_notes 8 years ago

      Writing is one of my favorite past times, and journals remind me to get off the computer sometimes, and actually pick up a pen again!

      I love the idea of secretly keeping the past versions of yourself... absolutely inspirational!

      Congrats on LOTD,


      : )

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      Thanks for the Gratitude Journal idea! 5* and congrats on lod! How wonderful to have 66 * ratings. My highest is 19 * ratings for It has been that for 3 weeks. Just can't seem to budge.

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      dtoll 8 years ago

      Thank you for the reminder - I actually got a new journal for xmas from my daughter and I need to start writing. Hope to see more of your inspirations - don't ever stop!!

      Happy holidays !!!

      P.S. Great Lense !!!

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      I start a new journal every year. Sometimes it's nice to look back and see how much has changed over the course of the past year - and hopefully for the better! I enjoyed your lens.

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      elishadavis 8 years ago

      Nice lens. Yes, i guess keeping a journal on your New year's resolution is important. So we could see if we are on the right track or not, or if we have achieved it or not yet.

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      ChristopherScot1 8 years ago

      Great lens to help us all with our new year's resolutions.

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      tarastillhere 8 years ago

      great amount of information:) great job on lens

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of The Day - You're in for some fun!

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      ShaunKillian 8 years ago

      Hi Paris

      Thanks for putting this lens together.

      I work for an executive education organization who conduct research into what it means to lead well and how leadership can be developed. We regularly use journaling with our excutive coaching clients, and I will bookmark your page to share with them.

      Did you know that there is hard research showing that keeping a journal is linked to successfully turning good intentions into new habits. You and your readers may be interested in an article we did on the neuroscience of journaling some time ago. It why journaling works and can be accessed at

      Thanks again for the time you put into this.



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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Concerning New Year's Resolutions: Journaling is Ok, but I find when I share a commitment with other people I am more likely to follow through with it. I can easily ignore something I write in a journal.

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      DimitriPreacher 8 years ago

      Not bad :)

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      PaulaFarris 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

      Journaling is a valuable asset to your life. Knowing what happened last week, last month, or even January 1st of last year can show you how much you have grown and the obstacles you have overcome.

      For ideas on how to fill your journals see my lens

      Paula Farris

      "The Recovered Nonachiever!"

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Keeping a journal is a great idea. I do write my resolutions down but have never kept a journal. Congrats on LotD award! 5 stars. Bear hugs, Frankster aka Bearmeister aka Cat-Woman

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very inspirational! Who knew there were so many kinds of journals? Can't wait to see the traveling journals at SFMOMA! I'm so not good at keeping journals - can't tell you how many I've started and abandoned (like the infamous New Year's resolutions). Perhaps I'll try again...

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      Kathryn Grace 8 years ago from San Francisco

      This lens is a joy to this little journalist's heart. Lovely wrought. Congrats on LOTD.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Lens! Makes me want to start journaling:-) I didn't realize there was such a selection of journals to choose from.

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      somebody100 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your lens with us. Congratulations on being nominated lens of the day. I agree with you that writing down your resolutions helps you keep track of your progress. Where did you get your images? I have been looking for images for my lenses. Thank you for sharing.

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      packman57 8 years ago

      Congrat's on LOTD! Great advice. Thanks

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      LiveYourDreams 8 years ago

      Thank you for this nice insight into resolutions. It's odd that I am not actually a big fan of New Year's resolutions but you got my attention and I continued to read. You made me thing about something that I had previously just dismissed and I thank you for that.

      I don't have anything similar to yours but feel free to stop by and see what I have squidooed.



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      wayfarer lm 8 years ago

      Nicely done! Some good information and links!

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      site-builder 8 years ago

      Excellent LOT-D Lens. The real reasons to keep a journal. Thank You for making this inspiring lens.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      You are so right ~ putting it all down is the best way to hold yourself accountable :o) I have opted to take the idiot-friendly/foolproof approach, however, and made a New Year's Resolution several years ago never to make another New Year's Resolution (it's working pretty good for me so far... :o) Great lens! 5*


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      steamtown 8 years ago

      Great Reminder Lens It is an excellent idea to write down your goals. It keeps a person focused

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Really like this Lens, so possitive and inspiring, just what we want at the moment, especially like the Gratitude Journal will definitely be doing this. Thanks.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD!

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      KCMindGeek 8 years ago

      Congratulations on being the first LOTD in 2009!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      My resolution this year is to write faithfully in my journal. I always start...but somehow forget after a month or so. Thanks for a good read!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Well shopped!

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Great lens and a great idea. I am going tokeep a journal from this year for sure. Obviously, any resolutions in writing will help us visiualise those and keep us on track. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congrats on LOTD. Great job here.

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      iron1 8 years ago

      Congrats On LOTD :) Nice work 5*****

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      For the last few years I have not had any trouble at all keeping my New Year's resolutions. Why? I made a resolution to never make another resolution on New Years and that one I have kept.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Excellent ideas here! Happy New Year!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Congrats on LOTD!

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      GreenRevolution 8 years ago

      Very cool lens! I think that keeping a journal is a great way to help keep our New Year's resolutions. The gratitude journal is also a great idea. Thanks for sharing your tips to make 2009 the best year ever!

      Happy New Year and congrats on achieving LOTD!

      5 *****



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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day


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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I always write down my resolutions... It doesn't always help, but....

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day.


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      restlesslimbs lm 8 years ago

      This is a fun lens. I am a journal addict and most of them stay empty but I still buy them. I didn't know about The 1000 Journals Project; it sounds interesting.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Congratulations on winning LoTD! I would like to ask you to join Fresh Squid group! It would be great to have you in our group! And happy new year!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a thought provoking lens with some simple to apply suggestions. I am reaching for my journal....Congratulations on Lens of the Day and a Happy New Year!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Congratulations on lens of the day! I love New Year's and enjoyed the beautiful journals. Lensrolling to Goals or Resolutions?

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      tally lm 8 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day!!!

      I just love this lens!! And it is on one of my favorites journaling. Very informative and colorful

      and this is so through. I said the say thing you have got to write in.

      Warm Regards,


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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      Welcome to Squidoo, and congratulations on LOTD!

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      Congrats on making LotD! :o)

      I think journaling everything from resolutions to life is a great 5* idea!

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      AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

      Keeping a list of what I want to accomplish always ensures that it gets done, even it it is later than planned. A journal is just a step up from that, I'm going to start one tomorrow! Great lens, 5 stars and congrats on LOTD! Oh...and...Happy New Year!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day (LOTD) and Hapy New Year! - Kathy

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD, very timely and well done. Welcome to Squidoo!!!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Wow - these are some beautiful diaries. Congrats on LOTD :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My New Years Resolution is to do what ever it takes to get my website idea funded and up & running. It's a great idea to help people find work as the credit crunch bites into the construction trade.

      Find bathroom / kitchen fitters & wall and floor tilers

      Happy New Year too you!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Ah, beautiful journals! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Mayflowerblood 8 years ago

      Awesome! looks like I am going to have to get in gear. =]

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      pkmcr 8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Very good idea as one can keep track of progress through the year. Congratulations on LOTD

      Take care


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      myvirtuallady lm 8 years ago

      Great Lens about Keeping New Year's Resolutions and nice journals. 5stars and ...Congratulations !

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Inspiring, interesting, unique - a magnificent "Lens of the Day"! 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing! :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Congrats on LOTD.

      I often advised patients to journal if they were trying to lose weight or trying to quit smoking (both frequent New Year's Resolutions). Writing things down makes it more real. Writing it down is also a good way to keep track of triggers for why you eat or why you smoke and then help you work on finding other ways to respond to the triggers.

      I'm inspired now to break out a journal for 2009.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day, Happy New Year!

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! It looks like my rein is over, and you are crowned the new ruler. Look forward to getting a lot of wonderful comments. The 1000 journels project looks very interesting, I would love to read it.