How to Make August Amazing: The Real Science of Happy











{Print August’s Joy Dare}


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Just hit 1000 gifts in my journal! It is transforming my thinking … my being!  {Jill S}

Thank you for making the Joy Dare Collection of monthly gift available to print. I keep the current month next to my phone at work. It helps me through the day to keep focused on things I am grateful to God for. {Melonie G}

I have 1003 blessings on paper! This habit has really worked a huge change in my heart and has opened my eyes even more to God’s grace and his multiple undeserved blessings. God has captured me with His cords of love. {Gloria J.}

I am a teacher in an inner-city school in Grand Rapids, MI. This year we journaled everyday things that we were thankful for! My students looked forward to this everyday! Can you believe it??!! 7,274 gifts!!! I teach 3rd grade! Most of them are either 8 or 9 years old. If I got busy and forgot this part of the morning, they were sure to let me know. If I had a substitute teacher for the day, I did double the next!  {Renee  C.}



The Real Science of Happy:

{While neither of these first two are perfect framings, with explicit worthy focus on Christ, the Giver and the Gift — they nonetheless make the heart about explode:}
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The Happy Experiment:

How to Make Today the Best Day:

Always, Regardless:

1. The Facts on the Certainty of His Command:

In every thing give thanks:

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

~1 Thess. 5:18

2. The Facts on the Science of Happy:

Keep a gratitude list and you:

1. Have a relative absence of stress and depression. (Woods et al., 2008)

2. Make progress towards important personal goals (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

3. Report higher levels of determination and energy (Emmons and McCullough, 2003)

4. Feel closer in their relationships and desire to build stronger relationships (Algoe and Haidt, 2009)

5. Increase your happiness by 25% — (Who wouldn’t want a quarter more happiness!) (McCullough et al., 2002)

Who doesn’t want all that? Just three gifts a day.
… that habit of discontentment, it can only be driven out by hammering in iron that is even sharper —

The sleek pin of gratitude.” ….

~ {One Thousand Gifts}

Related: 15 Ways to Raise More Grateful Kids

How to Count Gifts?
~ Print out August’s Joy Dare {or the whole year (thus far) of Joy Dares}  — put on your fridge, have it at the dinner table, over the kitchen sink. Have a family scavenger hunt for His gifts everyday 00  and enter to win a Nikon D90 camera

~ Check out the free #1000gifts App … for iPhone or iPad… the new (free) #1000gifts app is like your own mobile gratitude journal to snap photos and record notes of your gifts from the Giver. So many so loving it. And more fun things to come. Free! Happy August!

~ Blog your 1000 gifts, or tag #1000 gifts on Instagram, or join us on Mondays and link up to the list on your blog, or record a legacy of your 1000 gifts in the new numbered journal

And, if you’d like to be entered into the monthly draw for a JOY BASKET  (including a $100 Amazon gift card), share your gifts everyday in the Facebook Gratitude community (everyday we post 3 prompts of what gifts you could look for #JOYDARE!) ... and come the end of the year and counting 1000 gifts (after recording only 3 gifts a day/1000 gifts) … be back here to enter for a Nikon D90 camera…  Give thanks to Him in the assembly…