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Happiness & Productivity through Gratitude | J.Lynn Designery

It's easy to take the things around us for granted.

Like our homes, our belongings, our families, our pets...we become so comfortable in the things that are that we never think twice about how those things came into our lives, and we certainly don't try to imagine life without them. Why would we?

I recently went on a HONY binge (haven't we all been there at one point or another, wiping the tears, laughing suddenly, smiling out of pure authentic joy for another person's happiness?), and came away feeling absolutely filled to the brim with gratitude.

The new HONY video series very simply and beautifully allows strangers on the streets of New York to tell a piece of their story.

Similar to the photo series, but with stunning cinematography and in a format that allows you to feel all of the feels and truly connect with that person in the screen. (Don't say I didn't warn you.)

Anyway, this binge and these feelings of endless gratitude are exactly why I added the "Grateful for..." design addition to the weekly layout of the 2018 Refresh Weekly Planner. This new section is designed to do just that: highlight something for which you are especially grateful every single week.

Having started a gratitude journal earlier this year, I continue to see the importance and value in writing down the things we're grateful for every single day. It's not enough to simply know they exist in the back of our minds; the power is in acknowledging what those things are and taking a moment to truly appreciate them.

Through this simple act, I've found greater happiness in the things that are in my life and even greater productivity by using those things as fuel for making an impact through my work.

If you're investing in a Refresh planner for 2018, I highly encourage you to use this gratitude space every week — acknowledge the things that fill you up and move through each week with greater joy and productivity.

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