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There is a compelling symbiotic relationship between gratitude and grit – when we tap into one, we have more access to the other.
Gratitude invites us to move our intention inward and deepens our connection to what is nurturing and sustaining us now. Grit, on the other hand, helps us engage with the external challenges we face. The combination of these strengths keeps us moving and helps us tackle what might be challenging in our lives. Together these qualities expand our capacity to be adaptable and build resilience.
The good news is that both gratitude and grit are accessible to every person. We each have the raw ingredients of these qualities already in our natural habits and accumulated life experience.
This journal is designed to help you access both the gratitude and grit that are within you, so you can intentionally grow these qualities. The questions serve as springboards for your reflections on what is already going well, and they’ll help you discover where to give more focus when you need to persevere.
With some attention, reflection, and practice, you can build on qualities you already have and move toward greater well-being and resilience.
About the Authors
Vicki Enns is the Clinical Director of the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) and an individual, couple, and family therapist. She is the editor and contributing author of Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships and co-author of A Little Book About Trauma-Informed Workplaces. Vicki has a private practice where she specializes in the areas of trauma recovery and overall wellness for people. She believes regular self-awareness practices such as journaling and mindfulness can contribute to any person’s expanded sense of freedom, hopefulness, and choice.
“This resource skillfully offers a guided path for using the transformational practice of journal writing to cultivate both gratitude and resilience from within. The author shows you how to put pen to paper with the help of powerful and intentional prompts that are sure to help you build your gratitude and grit in authentic and empowering ways.”
– Lynda Monk, Director, International Association for Journal Writing
“This journal is a gentle invitation to take another step forward in cultivating the most significant relationship you will ever have – the one you take up with yourself. I am eager to share this resource with my clients as a guide for their journey toward realizing their fullest potential.”
– David Fung, Private Practitioner and Director of the Okanagan Learning Circle in Family Therapy
“Connecting the practice of expressing gratitude with the exploration of grit is an inspired concept. This guided journal helps the reader truly appreciate the strength and resilience that they cultivate as they explore their personal experiences of gratitude and grit.”
– Paige Gryba, Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist
“I love this journal! The idea of exploring gratitude and grit together makes so much sense. The guiding questions really helped me reach a deeper understanding of myself and strengthened my own inner wisdom and resilience.”
– Lindsay Storey-Iliffe, Social Worker, Student Support Services, Red River College