I’ve read several self-help books by authors with psychology backgrounds that contend that people who focus daily on the things that make them thankful or grateful tend to be happier. (Authentic Happiness; The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die) For today’s exercise, do one of the following:

  • Free-write on this topic—whether it makes sense to you, why or why not, etc.
  • Journal your own list of what you have to feel grateful or thankful for.
  • Journal such a list (or write as an internal monologue) from the point of view of a fictional character, preferably a character from your own writing that you’d like to explore a bit more.
  • Examine how the presence or lack (or perceived presence or lack) of things to be grateful for can motivate a fictional character.

If you think of another variation on the theme to play with, feel free to post it as a comment!


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