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It’s habits that can imprison you and it’s habits that can free you.

But  when thanks to God becomes a habit —  so joy in God becomes your life.

And  with this habit of keeping a gratitude list?  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?

So! Print out each month’s Joy Dare!

1. Each day of the month has a prompt to look for three gifts.

2. Print it out for the fridge, for the kids, for your family gratitude journal — and take the dare to live in fullness of joy — right where you are!

3. Joy is a function of gratitude — and gratitude is a function of perspective. So take these prompts to help you see and change perspective — give thanks — and live all His joy!

4. Use the daily joy dare prompts — to help you count your own One Thousand Gifts:

Print the whole year’s collection of Joy Dare’s RIGHT HERE…

Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!

And if you take the Joy Dare and count your own 1000 gifts —

Might we enter your name at the end of 2014, when all the gifts are counted and much praise given to our God — enter you for a draw of the same model of camera that’s sitting here on our counter?A Nikon D90 {& 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G Zoom Lens included.}

{To enter, thanks for all 1000 gifts must be counted in 2014. If you are already counting? Well, you’re ahead in practice, seeing, giving thanks in all things! Just keep going and count another 1000 from where you are right now!

Open our eyes, Lord — the whole earth is full of your glory!}


 Where/how to chronicle your #1000gifts? Any way that works best for you:

in a private journal, with the free app, on your blog and join us in linking up here on the blog every Monday, on the free Year of Graces calendar, or on facebook or twitter (#1000gifts).

I’ll be sharing thanks to God each day, Lord willing, on my personal facebook page and on the One Thousand Gifts facebook page — the community there is profoundly encouraging. You are more than welcome to join us!

And yes, we will post a new Joy Dare Calendar here on the blog, the first of every month, Lord willing — you can use the Joy Dare Calendar for each month — or not at all.

The point is? Just count any 3 gifts a day — to count 1000 gifts in a year. That’s all. Any way that works for you! Just count your blessings!

Win the Monthly Joy Dare Basket:

Share your gifts each day on Twitter {label with #1000gifts #JoyDare so we can find you!}, and in the gratitude community at Facebook . Each month someone will be randomly selected for a gift card @ Amazon {100$} & joy-in-a-box {signed copies of One Thousand Giftsthe photographic gift book, One Thousand Gifts Devotional, and The Greatest Gift.}

Give thanks to Him in the assembly!

Print the whole year’s collection of Joy Dare’s right HERE …

Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!