LifeJournal™ Newsletter – July 2007


LifeJournal Newsletter – July, 2007
A college friend of mine is a well-known figure in the cooking world–an editor of a culinary magazine, a host of a cooking show on the Food Network, and the author of several cookbooks.  I hadn’t seen her in a dozen years and we were recently catching up on our lives.  During that conversation, she told me that she was at a loss about what career she wanted to pursue after she had graduated from the liberal arts university we had attended more than 30 years ago. As she had been a “foodie” early in the 1970s, I laughed and told her that I always knew that she would work in the gourmet food industry. She looked at me in surprise and said, “Well, maybe you knew it, but I didn’t.”

I’ve thought about that comment since and smiled to myself in recognition. For years I’ve had a mental image that describes how I feel about how clearly I am able to see myself: It’s me walking around with a cardboard box over my head!

Thinking about oneself is by definition viewing oneself subjectively. How does one make best decisions, move forward wisely, and generally improve one’s life? I believe it’s key to listen to one’s inner voice and what better place to create the space for it than in a journal?  Start writing and reviewing your journal and begin to peak out from the cardboard box that is covering your head!This month’s article focuses on gratitude journals: what it is, whether it is really beneficial, and how to keep one within LifeJournal. The article presents my thoughts based on some reading and listening of psychologists whose work is based on solid scientific research. After reading some research, I believe strongly that keeping a gratitude journal is a practical and effective way to shift one’s life away from frustration and whining to appreciation and thanks.

I also wanted to share information about a new software application that I think you’ll enjoy:  See below for details.

Enjoy your summer!

Ruth Folit
Chronicles Software Company

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A Gratitude Journal

“Counting your blessings” is a time-honored recipe to brighten your attitude. Is it just an empty platitude or does it really do some good?  And if it does help, is there a way to incorporate it into a routine?

Last week I listened to an interview by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, a leading proponent of positive psychology and professor at Harvard University. One of his messages was to focus on what is right in your life, a behavior, he claims, which is more productive than dwelling on what is wrong in your life.

I wondered if there was any research-based evidence that this kind of behavior really was helpful. I found an article published in 2003 called “Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subject Well-Being in Daily Life” authored by Robert Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami.  The study looks at the link between gratitude and happiness, specifically comparing the effects of how different sets of  participants who were asked either to write about one’s blessings, to write about one’s hassles, or to write about neutral life events.




I received this email in response to last month’s newsletter:

“I wanted to respond to the current [June2007] newsletter article about “What To Write About.” Often, throughout each day, so many noteworthy events happen, it’s difficult to retain the detail for my evening ritual of adding to my journal. I’ve gotten into the habit of carrying a small digital recorder that easily fits in my shirt pocket. I simply push “record” whenever there is something I want to remember and play the entries back at night during my journal time. As for what I write, I follow the example found in your article mentioning Anais Nin and write about whatever touched my heart that day. A wonderful way to end the day. T

Thank you for such an important and life enhancing program such as LifeJournal. Memories are meant to be safe-guarded and then passed on. Your program makes it so wonderfully simple.”
–Tim Jacques

Great New Software for Those who Love Words

I recently came across a tool that I think anyone who loves words would enjoy.  It’s a visual thesaurus that is not only useful, but has an innovative interface that makes it fun to use.


Go to and try it out for yourself.  You can demo it before you buy it.

End Quotes:
Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.”
       –Tal Ben-Shahar

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”
–Italian proverb

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