Papercrafting Gratitude: Introducing Thankful Thursdays & The Be Thankful Project
Today I’d like to share a topic I hold near and dear to my heart, something that has helped me get through some really tough times.
That topic is gratitude.
How does gratitude help me get through tough times?
Well, let me share an example:
On a personal level, the last month has been quite challenging for me and I have found that focusing on what I am thankful for rather than on what is frustrating or saddening me has made it so much easier to stay positive and not get mired in all the frustrations and sadness (and resulting negativity).
I am normally a very positive person, but I’ll admit, that positivity has been challenged lately!
As I’ve worked through being mindful of what I’m thankful for, rather than focusing my energy on what’s bothering me or making life challenging right now, I realized just how much of a positive impact this can have on my mood and my life, and on those around me.
And, I thought others (you!) might benefit from this concept, this “practice,” if you will.
Yes, I consider focusing on being grateful a “practice” because it, well, takes practice.
Like most things though, it eventually becomes a “habit” and it’s then just part of who we are.
So, starting today, we’ll be focusing Thursdays on sharing what we’re thankful for and we invite you to do the same.
We’ll “practice” together!
We’re pleased to introduce
What will we be sharing on Thankful Thursdays?
Lots of ideas for documenting and sharing what each of us (you included!) are thankful for.
Think papercrafting projects such as Thank You cards, layouts about what and who you’re thankful for, art journaling featuring quotes about being thankful, mixed media projects featuring items and products you’re thankful for, capturing what you’re thankful for through the lens of your camera or phone, and a whole lot more!
How can you participate?
By sharing what you’re thankful for each week. Simple, right?
Whether you choose to do some papercrafting to share what you’re thankful for, or you simply want to leave a comment, or just read the comments and view the papercrafting projects created by others, we invite you to partake in what we hope will be a hugely positive life experience.
And, since there’s no time like the present, we’re kicking off this series with some thoughts on being thankful and some of the many benefits.
Being Thankful is Good For Our Health
Yes, feeling thankful is good for our health!
Well, it’s been proven that people who practice gratitude tend to engage in healthier behaviors and cope better with stress (reference: A Dose of Gratitude). I am a testament to the latter, for sure!
Secondly, being grateful means we are focusing on the positive, and that’s good for our mental health.
Being Thankful Leads to Abundance
I don’t know about you, but I am a firm believer that one must be grateful for what one has before one is likely to find more coming his/her way. Thoughts on this concept?
In my life this has proven to be true and I plan to focus more energy on documenting how grateful I am for all the blessings in my life (there are many, including you and PCC).
Being Thankful Blocks Out Negativity
I’ve heard that it’s impossible for one to be grateful and feel negative emotions at the same time.
Is there truth to this notion?
Not only is this apparently true, but there’s scientific evidence!
According to Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. (the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude; a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis; the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology; and, the author of Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier), “If you’re experiencing appreciation and gratitude, it’s impossible to feel envious or resentful at the same time.”
We’d love for you to share your thoughts
on any or all of the above.
Leave us a comment –
share how YOU practice being thankful.
We’d be thankful if you’d share!
Let’s Get Started!
Each and every week our team will be posting what we’re thankful for and inviting you to do the same.
Now, we know this might be a bit of a challenge for some of you, and that’s o.k. – we’re all here to help!
To start, I came across a wonderful list of 60 things to focus on being grateful for on Tiny Buddha – perhaps it will be just the kick-start some of you need to start focusing on – and recognizing and documenting – the things you’re thankful for.
And, we fully expect that your fellow papercrafters will share ideas that will resonate with you – feel free to use them as inspiration for your thankful endeavors.
We’re also pleased to introduce
The Be Thankful Project
What’s The Be Thankful Project?
We’ll be setting up and hosting a new page on our site titled The Be Thankful Project where we’ll include, in an alphabetical list, what everyone shares during Thankful Thursdays.
The entries will be updated each week and will include what we at PCC share as well as the thankful topics from all of the projects and comment submitted.
No, we won’t “call you out” by tying your name to what you share, just adding the share topic to the list so others can check it out and use it as inspiration for their own “being thankful” endeavors.
So, what do you think – are you in?
We want to hear from you!
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to lead the PCC community each and every day, grateful for my team mates and most grateful for all of you – we have succeeded because of all of you and for that I will be forever thankful.
And now, it’s time for my first Thankful Thursdays project…
Last night my husband and I had the opportunity to take a walk, something that is often challenging here in TX where the temps at this time of year can be (and already have been) quite hot.
Now, I must admit that we often talk about taking walks – and getting outside in the fresh air and exercising – but we rarely follow through on the suggestion to each other (somehow we rarely ever seem to be at a good breaking point from work at the same time – I know, lame excuse!).
Well, last night was the night to get off our butts and get outside!
As we walked around the neighborhood in the cooler-than-normal air (thankful for that!), I thought about how lucky I felt to not just be outside walking, but to be doing so with my life partner of 18 years.
As we wandered through an undeveloped area of our neighborhood, I enjoyed seeing the many different types of flowers that were growing along our path, flowers that bloomed because of all the rain we had last Fall and during the Winter months. No, the drought here in TX is not over, far from it, but we did get more rain than usual.
See, trying to be thankful for what we DID get, not focused on the fact that we still need a lot more rain!
And finally, I was so very appreciative of the beautiful colors created by the setting sun.
Although I’m no longer in California and close to the beach where I could watch the sun set every day, I can still watch the sunset here, if I make the effort to go outside and find it.
Again, being thankful that I can still see a sunset, even if it takes a bit more effort now.
As we rounded the last corner on our way home, the idea for Thankful Thursdays and The Be Thankful Project was born, and today I’m starting a papercrafting project to celebrate what I’m thankful for…each and every day.
I’ll be creating a Thankful For journal, a place to keep track of everything I’m grateful for on a daily basis.
What will YOU create
about what you’re thankful for?
Hopefully this new series will inspire you to focus on what you’re thankful for each and every day – or at least every Thursday! – and we’ll soon be seeing your thankful papercrafting creations gracing our posts.
We invite you to share what you’re thankful for by leaving a comment and/or sharing a link to a project documenting it.
There is no right or wrong way to do this…and there are no rules. Well, except one.
This community is filled with wonderful and kind people and we’re hopeful that this will never be an issue, but we need to share this one rule: we expect kindness from all participants as we all share what we’re thankful for.
O.k., who’s up first?
What do YOU have to be thankful for,
and how will you document and/or share it?
Thanks so much for joining us on this journey – we can’t wait to hear – and see – what you’re thankful for!
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