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Happiness Journal

New York Times Best Selling author Elizabeth Gilbert has spoken openly about a practice she started within her own life.  Although the idea is very basic, I feel the simple practice has the potential to greatly affect your life.

Basically, at the end of each day, take a moment to REFLECT and WRITE DOWN the moment during your day when you were the happiest.

This practice not only allows you to be more aware and grateful for your blessings, but it also draws attention to the things that truly bring you joy where you can begin to duplicate these moments, actions, thoughts or activities in your life on a daily basis.



As we hung-out with our family in Mississippi, I didn’t need to wait until the end of the day to know that the moments I was enjoying mid-afternoon would, hands-down, would be the highlight of my ENTIRE day.


Country roads…

Warm breeze…

Catching lizards…

My arms wrapped tightly around my 5-year old daughter as we screamed and bounced with each new bump Ross hit while driving us around on the 4-wheeler…

No emails.  No phone calls.  No computer.  No technology. 


Oh, and did I forget to mention a peaceful and inviting front porch swing?!?!?


Ruthie couldn’t ride the 4-wheeler, but she COULD swing with her sister!

Just a few more snapshots…

Here’s the BOOK I’ve been using each day to document happiness or joy each day:

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April 16, 2013 - 9:46 pm

misty - These are perfect, Christy. The moments captured as well as the processing.

April 28, 2013 - 2:19 am

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August 28, 2013 - 10:39 pm

Madi’s Senior Photos » Christy Martin Photography - […] I’ve blogged before about the importance of taking a few seconds to reflect on the time durin…  Not only does this habit promote gratefulness, it’s also a great way to really identify the common factors that bring you joy.  So on Sunday, after teaching the 4-year olds at church (which I LOVE), having a delicious meal (that I didn’t have to cook) and a gorgeous day with my family, want to know what my FAVORITE part of the ENTIRE day was?!? […]

June 27, 2015 - 12:14 am

Robbie, Marcy & Tinsley » Christy Martin Photography - […] was an amazing session.  The kind of session that I ended-up writing about in my Happiness Journal when I returned home from […]

November 2, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Kidstir (TIPS for Creating Memories in your Kitchen!) » Christy Martin Photography - […] 3.  Think of ALL the BENEFITS! * Cooking together provides HOURS and HOURS of Quality Time with your child each week!  Whether we listen to music, talk about our day, work quietly side-by-side or dream about our favorite dish, many nights, cooking with Rayna goes down as one of the best part of my day! […]

February 11, 2017 - 4:26 pm

Cohen » Christy Martin Photography - […] had wonderful seasons where I experienced true JOY every single day. I’ve also had seasons where I was numb; yet terrified I would never, ever feel joy again. […]

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