Who tells your story? MPS038

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Every single person’s story matters and can make a difference but it needs to be told! If you don’t tell your story, who will? Learn how you can easily and quickly get your story told through photos, words, and collages. Why should you tell your story?? I’ll share 5 research proven reasons that it will impact and change your life! Full transcripts below at http://modernphotosolutions.com/story

 

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Hey everyone. Welcome to Modern Photo Solutions. I’m Steph Clay, and I am so grateful that you are here with me today. Thank you for letting me be part of your day. This week has been a crazy week around my house. My husband was in the hospital for a couple of days. I posted on Instagram a page that I made and a little bit of information about it. Where on the day of the eclipse, on Monday, we found out that he needed to go into the hospital for some antibiotic treatments. So we viewed the eclipse from the hospital parking lot, then got him all checked in. He’s back home now, so that is good, and he’s doing well. Thank you for all of your well wishes and your prayers. I really appreciate that so much.

We had the eclipse and that was super exciting. I’ve seen so many pages that people are making, and posting, and sharing on social media. That’s, it’s really fun to see how everyone is documenting that epic event in history. So fun. I talked a little bit also this past week on an Instagram live that I did about something that I’m going to dive in deeper in this episode. I shared a shirt that I have that says “Who Tells Your Story.” I got that shirt made because of a song in Hamilton. If you are a Hamilton musical fan by any chance, you know exactly where I am going with this, but if you aren’t there is a song, it’s the very last song in the musical and on the soundtrack, and I don’t remember the exact name of it … Oh, I think it’s Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story actually. There’s a quote in it, there’s a line it I guess, where they say, “We don’t have any control over who lives, who dies, and who tells your story.”

Ever since the first time I heard it that’s always made me think. I think it’s a really powerful thought, and a powerful phrase and quote in the song because it’s very true. We don’t have control over who will tell our story once we’re gone. If we don’t tell it, who will tell it? It might still get told, but we won’t have control over how it gets told, and what gets told. We’re the ones that know the reasons that we do the things that we do. We know our motives. We know all of the extenuating circumstances for decisions that we make and the reasons that we do things. So we’re the ones that really can truly tell our stories most accurately, so we need to do it. It’s something that I’ve just felt so strongly that we have to do.

Sometimes I hear from people that they don’t have kids, or they don’t have this, or their life is X, Y, and Z, and so it just doesn’t matter. I whole heartedly disagree because I truly believe that every person’s story matters. We yearn to connect with one another and to be able to get to know each other. The only way that we can truly do that is through story. If we want people to understand us, and understand who we really are, it’s through telling stories. Even when we meet somebody and we ask each other questions, we’re trying to get a story. That’s what we’re going after. We want to know about people. It’s through story that we do that. It’s through telling our stories. So it’s something that we need to do.

I hope that I can help motivate you a little bit as I am motivating myself because as I’ve said before I’m right in this with you. I’m right in here figuring everything out. I don’t have all of the answers. I have figured out a lot of things that work for me, and have worked for me, and that changes and evolves. I’ve been at this, as I’ve mentioned before on previous shows, I’ve been at this since I was a little girl, five or six years old. I’ve been documenting my life, so I have figured out a lot of different solutions and processes, and things that work for me, but what works for me isn’t necessarily going to work for everybody. So I do try to share other systems and processes as well, but there’s a lot that I have figured out, but it’s not perfect. I haven’t, it’s not like I’m doing this perfectly all the time. In fact, I’m not doing it perfectly any of the time. For real, I’m not.

But this past week, especially with everything that we’ve had going on, and the past few months, everything that we’ve had going on medically in our family, it’s just been really crazy. So documenting my story hasn’t been the biggest priority. I have taken time to document some of the big things, getting back to school, and my son’s stay in the hospital, my Lyme disease, my husband’s medical stuff, the eclipse, us viewing the eclipse from the parking lot. There are some bigger things that I have taken a few minutes here or there to document, which I’m very grateful for because documenting my story is therapy for me. It truly is. It’s how I work through emotions surrounding events in my life.

Just by putting those pictures into a collage page in the Project Life app and doing a little bit of journaling, it helps me work through and figure out how I feel about things, which is really good to go. It’s also a release for me. A lot of times I’m able to let go of stuff. Once I’ve documented it, once I’ve journaled about it, I can let go of it and move on, which is always good. I am documenting the good stuff too. One of the big reasons that I do that is because I truly love reliving those happy times and those happy memories. Documenting those is one of the ways that I do that. I’m going to, in just a moment, replay for you the episode in January that I did on the five researched based reasons to tell your story. That is the number one, so I’m excited to revisit this because I wanted to revisit it myself and I thought it would be great for all of us to revisit it as well. The five reasons that have been researched and are proven that it’s really good for us to document our stories.

It’s something that I believe in, and I have been empowered by the way that I tell my story, and the changes that it’s made for me in my life. That’s in one of the lessons in The Heart of Photo Fabulous course, I share how … I think it’s a 12 minute video, which I think is the longest video in the course. There are 54 lessons in the course, and this one video I go through and share how documenting my story had a huge impact, a profound impact, on me and on my family when I was going through one of the most difficult challenges of my life that I’ve been through to this point. It’s surprised me how much it changed me, and in the ways that it changed me. That’s just a little teaser for one of the things that is in The Heart of Photo Fabulous class.

The course covers so much information, and registration is now, is once again open. You can find the course by going to Heart of Photo Fabulous, or sorry, modernphotosolutions.com. If you’re on iOS, you’ll want to go to modernphotosolutions.com/iOS. If you’re on Android, you will want to go to modernphotosolutions.com/android. Registration for that class is open through the 31st. In this class, just to give you an idea of some of the things that you will learn, because I think people have a little bit of misunderstanding about … When I say class, a lot of people think about classes that they’ve taken related to this industry. If they’ve taken photography classes or scrapbooking classes, or digital scrapbooking classes, memory keeping classes, journaling classes. A lot of people think that it’s going to be similar to that.

This course is very, very different from anything else that is on the market, which is exactly why it’s priced differently from anything else that is on the market. In this course, you will learn the system and the processes that I have used to get over 1,000 photo pages of my story told. I haven’t looked recently to see how many I have done. I did those first 1,000 pages within two years. I did just over 500 pages a year the first two years that the Project Life app was out. My pace has slowed down considerably because I started an online business. So yeah, my production on the pages has slowed down, but I am still getting my story told for sure. I am a busy working mom now, and I’m an entrepreneur, a business owner. Anyone that knows someone that owns a business, there’s always work to be done. It’s all about prioritizing. That is one of the things that I teach in the class too is how to find the time. It’s easier than you think. I promise you can do it.

You’ll also learn five different cloud storage solutions for your photos. iOS version has five. The Android version has four because in iOS version I go over iCloud as well. I teach you everything that you need to know about those cloud storage solutions for your phone. How to decide which one is for you, which ones you want to use for primary and backups, and have them setup automatically, and which ones you want to use for secondary. I also teach you how to set these up on your phone, and how to know when it’s safe to delete your photos off of your device, and how to know where they will be deleted. There is a very popular delete guide that’s a principle in this class so that you can look and say I’m deleting from here, what’s going to happen across all of my other cloud storage locations. Super helpful.

You will also learn how to use my favorite apps to put your photos, words, and designer touches into collage pages for your photo books and your albums. How to find the time, like I said, and how to get it done. I will also teach you where to start. This is a big roadblock for a lot of people because they’ve had something traumatic happen in their life. A lot of times when people have a divorce, they don’t know how to document that, and how to document going forward. I don’t specifically say this is how to do it with a divorce, I give you the tools that you need so that you can figure it out for yourself. You can figure out what is going to be telling the story for you that will be true and authentic, and that you can find joy from.

I will teach you how to get started and the workflow that I use to build my pages, and to be able to build them so quickly. What parts of your story that you want to tell, and what parts you want to leave out. I will give you tools to help you figure that out. I will also teach you where to buy more designer products that you can add to your pages, and how to add them to your device and to your pages. Then I also teach you how to download those products directly to your device. Through this you will also learn how to batch transfer older photos to your device so that you can work on them as well. Then lastly I teach you how to export these pages so that you can get them printed anywhere you want. That was one question that I got from somebody that said what is your solution for people that are international for printing. My solution is that I teach you how to export these pages so that you can then transfer them to your computer or directly upload from your device to any printer that you want to use to get your pages printed.

I wanted to share one testimonial from one of my students. She came and posted this on Instagram. This was completely unsolicited. It was just a post about registration being open and she posted this. “Such a great class. Don’t miss this opportunity. I found Steph’s Heart of Photo Fabulous class to be so helpful, especially as an Android user. After completing the class I now have a workflow for creating layouts that is productive and most importantly a new excitement to create layouts. Thank you Steph for putting all of this information together in your Heart of Photo Fabulous class.” So nice. I love hearing from my students, which I do hear from them quite often. I did send a newsletter out to my class members asking them to share how many pages they have completed since taking the class. The total I believe was 1142 or 1042, something like that. But when I posted that on Instagram, I had several more students come and post and say, “Hey I didn’t see that you were looking for this. My pages aren’t in that total.”

From those that posted, there were another I believe about 300 pages that we could add to that. I am going to be sending out another request in the Facebook group for students and via email so that we can include everyone’s pages in that total. That’s pretty fabulous though. Those are people that took my class starting in January, or starting in March, at the end of March and beginning of April. Those are the kinds of results they are seeing. Some people have finished hundreds of pages, and other people have, they commented and said I have 20 pages done, but that’s more pages than I completed in years before taking your course. Some people haven’t ever done any documenting at all, and they are finally … I’ve had people private message me on Instagram and say that they had never done anything before, but had wanted to, and now they’re getting it done. They have lots and lots of pages telling their story, telling their memories through photos and through words.

That’s super exciting for me. That’s why I do what I do because I’ve seen the power of telling our stories in my own life, and I’ve seen it in other people’s lives as well. I’ve seen it in my kid’s lives. I’ve seen the difference that this makes, for me individually, for my children individually, and for us together as a family. So let’s do this. Let’s jump in and get our story told. If you have a method that you’re using to tell your story that is successful for you, I would love to hear about it. Drop me an email and maybe we can have you come on the show and share it with our listeners as well because that’s what this podcast is about.

I wanted to share some reviews for this podcast as well from iTunes really quickly. I appreciate those of you that have taken the time to leave a review in iTunes. It’s great to be able to have some reviews in there as people are looking and trying to figure out if this is going to be a good podcast for them. This review is from KJ [Mertz [00:17:08]. She says, “I used to listen to Steph on her previous podcast and was thrilled that she is back. She always has so much great information on technology to share.” Thank you so much for that review. I appreciate it. This is from Pleading Teacher. She says, “Inspiring me to record my story. I first learned of Steph through her free course on the Google Photos app, and it was super helpful. I had never heard about Project Life before, but I have listened to a few podcast episodes and now I am super excited to get started.”

Then this last one is from Memory Maker Pic Taker. Love that user name. She says, “Love this podcast. I’ve been listening and,” I shouldn’t assume it’s a she, it could be a he. I only have 1% male listeners, but hey I should not just assume. “I’ve been listening to other podcasts Steph’s been a part of for years, but just discovered this gem. I learned several tips and tricks already and can’t wait to finish listening to the other episodes I missed.” Actually on my old podcast I did have a couple of truck drivers that would listen to the podcast so that they could be inspired to document their story. They got their wives listening as well, so that was kind of a fun story to hear from them. Like I said, that just circles us back to story. It’s so great for me to hear people’s stories, to be able to connect with all of you.

As I see you on Instagram, as you leave comments, and I go and look at your profiles and see your stories that you have in your life, the bits of events and memories that make up your life, I’m always so impressed and so inspired, really. I just, I always think I hope they’re getting these stories down because the challenges are important to get down so that people know, people that come after us, know what the challenges were and how we dealt with them. Also so that we can work through them. It really does help us work through those. I’ve always said that documenting is the cheapest therapy and the best therapy I’ve ever had.

So let’s jump into those five research based reasons to document our stories. Thank you so much.

The first thing that I want to talk about is some research that’s been done. You may
have heard about the Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. She discovered that
recalling happy times from the past increases happiness now. She actually suggests
in her YouTube videos on her YouTube channel, taking some photos and putting
together a photo book is a really great way to revisit those happy times and have
them increase your happiness right now. I love that suggestion, and that is, of
course, something that I’ve found in my own life as I’ve worked through different
projects.

I believe that it’s probably the main reason that I love documenting my Disney
vacations is because Disney is such a happy thing for me. I love, love Disney. If
you’re not a Disney fan, it’s only because you haven’t been to Disney with me. I
promise I have taken many anti-Disney people and turned them into converts, which
I’m very proud of, and they become Disney crazed just like me, and it’s really fun for
me to see. If you’re not a Disney fan, that’s the reason why. You just haven’t done it
right yet. All you need to do is do it the right way and then you’ll be a Disney fan.
When I’m at Disney I am like a child, and it is so fun.

Taking those photos from those vacations and being able to revisit them as I work
with them and create with them, and then to be able to pull that photo book out and
look at it at anytime brings me true happiness. It really does. I feel increased
happiness when I look through those. Really any vacation for me, documenting it
and looking through the books once they’re printed really does increase my
happiness. Vacations are some of my most happy times and my most connected
times with my family, too. That’s probably why those for sure are things that I
always try to document. I’m not as good about other events. Holidays I’m not as
good about, other things like that I’m not always as good about, but vacations for
sure I’m really good about. I think that’s why. I think it’s because they do increase
my happiness.

We’re on to number two now. Paul Zack has found that hearing a story, and I’ve
talked about this before on the podcast, hearing a story and narrative with a
beginning, middle, and an end cause our brains to release cortisol and oxytocin.
These chemicals trigger the uniquely human abilities to connect, empathize, and
make meaning. We all have a desire to tell our story. It’s in our DNA. And we have a
desire to hear other people’s stories, too. That is in our DNA as well. It is what helps
us connect with other people. To find those common grounds, those common
things, the threads that can bind us together. It is in our DNA. I know that I have
learned so much from people that have been willing to share their story with me, and
I have grown so much from these people and I’m so grateful for it.

This doesn’t mean that we go and share our most heartfelt and hardest stories that
we’ve been through with everybody. One of the things that I really appreciate that
Brene Brown teaches is that not everybody deserves to see our stretchmarks. We
have stretchmark friends that they’re going to see our stretchmarks and they’re still
going to stick around. They’re not going to run away from us. We don’t share
everything with everybody. That’s not what sharing our story is about. I am a firm
believer that I’m okay sharing scars, but I’m not okay sharing open wounds. I don’t
think that just anybody wants to see my open wounds either.

I am okay sharing what I’ve learned after I’ve been through a really hard thing and
sharing how I’ve grown, but I don’t necessarily want everyone to see the blood and
the guts when I’m going through it. I think that’s okay, too. I really think that’s a
healthy approach for life. People in my life that I’ve been close enough to that have
shared those stories with me, that I am a stretchmark friend for, and the people that
are a stretchmark friend for me, that I’ve been able to share these stories with, there
is a real connection, and we desire that as human beings.

I believe that telling our stories through photos and words, having that desire, I think
most people have that desire, too, because the photos do bring back memories and
they are a huge part of our story. That’s why you’re here, which is really exciting to
me.

Okay, the third thing. The more children know about their family’s history, the
stronger their sense of control over their lives, the higher their self-esteem, and the
more successfully they believe their family functioned. This is all found in an article
in Th New York Times that I will link to on the site, but it’s research that’s been done,
and it is fascinating research. These psychologists decided to see … One
psychologist was finding that in her research as she worked with kids that had
learning disabilities, the ones that seemed to be resilient and deal with this
challenge the best were the ones that seemed to know a lot about their family history and their family stories. Not just the facts of when people were born, but the
real stories in their family.

They did some research to find out if this really was a true thing, and asked
questions and compared. One of the things that they did was they went through and
asked 20 questions, and they are called the Do You Know Questions, the Do You
Know Scale. They asked these kids these questions, and these are questions the
only way they would know the answers to these questions is if somebody passed it
on to them in a story form. It wasn’t something that they could have experienced
firsthand at all. Some examples of the questions are: Do you know where your
grandparents grew up? Do you know where your mom anda dad went to high
school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something
really terrible that happened in your family? Do you know the story of your birth?
Those are some examples of the questions that they asked, and the Do You Know
Scale turned out to be the best single predictor of children’s emotional health and
happiness. Isn’t that really amazing and interesting?

They said that there seems to be three types of narratives that families will tell.
Here’s some examples of those narratives. The first narrative is what they call the
ascending narrative. Their example is, “Son, we came to this country. We had
nothing. Our family worked and were successful.” That’s the ascending family
narrative. The second common narrative is the descending family narrative. And it’s,
“Sweetheart, we used to have it all and then we lost everything.” That’s the family
narrative. Our family used to have it all and then we lost everything.

The third, the most helpful narrative, is the one that’s called the oscillating family
narrative, and it goes something like this, and this is from that article. “Dear, let me
tell you, we’ve had ups and downs in our family. We’ve built a family business. Your
grandfather was the pillar of the community. Your mother was on the Board at the
hospital. But we also had setbacks. You had an uncle that was once arrested. We
had a house burn down. Your father lost a job. No matter what happened, we always stuck together as a family.” It’s also including those hard challenges. Sometimes as
we’re telling our story and documenting them through photos and words, we skip
over those. Those are really, really important that we include these things.

One of the keys that they said is that each family will have different stories and
different key moments and memories that are shared. It’s not just the content of
what is known that’s the critical factor, but the process by which these things came
to be known. It’s through connecting. It’s through telling stories. It’s through sitting
down and having conversations. One of the things that I love about the documenting
that I do and the storytelling that I do is that my kids will sit down and look through
them, and it inspires questions in them. It triggers questions in their mind that they
want to ask, and they will ask me as they’re going through these books, and I will tell
them more stories based on their questions. That’s connection. That’s conversation.
And that’s a big part of what this study is saying. That it’s not just knowing the
facts.

I will link to the questions as well, the 20 questions that they asked. And they state,
it’s not just knowing the answers to these 20 questions. You could write all of these
answers down and have the kids memorize it, but what’s more important is the
connection that happens from the kids learning it. Sitting down and having a
conversation and passing these stories on is what’s the most important thing, the
kids being able to ask questions and having a conversation about it.
The fourth research-driven fact about telling our story that will change your life and
your family, is that telling and listening to person narratives increases physical and
mental health. This is also an article in The New York Times that I’ll link to on this
site.

I have always said that documenting my story and telling my story through photo
and words is the best therapy and the cheapest therapy that I’ve ever had, and I
believe that more and more every day, and I see that more and more in my own life every single day. The growth and discovery that comes from me taking time to tell
my story and look through my photos and put them together is invaluable. I couldn’t
get it any other way than by looking through my photos and realizing, you know
what? I didn’t spend very much time with this kid this week. I didn’t do enough of
this this week. I really need to work on this this week. It’s not beating myself up. It’s
just a matter of inventory and improvement, and trying to be a better person. I don’t
feel bad. I don’t feel guilty. I just realize that this is what I need to work on. Where if I
wasn’t doing that inventory and looking at it that way, I wouldn’t even notice. It’s
something that would not occur to me. It would not be brought to my
consciousness, and I wouldn’t be able to improve on it either.

Because I focus on gratitude, I’ve been able to work through some really difficult,
difficulty challenges and trials in my life and be able to face them, go through the,
and feel better about them and be a better person because of them, because of the
documenting that I’ve done and the focus on gratitude through my photos and my
words. It really is amazing. It’s something that I can’t even sing praises about
enough. If there are hard things going on in your life and you want a mental shift,
start telling your story. If you’re already telling your story, figure out a way that you
can tell it more often.

Do an inventory. How often are you telling your story? Are you doing it monthly,
weekly, daily, yearly? How often are you sitting down to really go through your
photos and tell your story? Tell the good stuff, the hard stuff, the real stuff, the
events, the birthdays, the celebrations, all of it, and figure out where you can make
some changes so that you can have this experience in your own life, the
improvement of physical and mental health. That’s an incredible finding. It’s really
incredible. And who doesn’t want improved personal physical and mental health? I
know I do.

Okay, the last, number five on my list, is telling our story causes reflection and
introspection. This is from Brene Brown’s Rising Strong. If you haven’t read Brene Brown’s books, I quote her a lot. I refer to her a lot. Her research is really amazing
and life changing. If you haven’t read any of her books, I highly recommend Daring
Greatly and Rising Strong, which are two of her more recent books. That ties in to
the last item as well, that personal narratives increase physical and mental health.

Telling our story causes reflection and introspection. I have seen that for sure in my
own life, especially as I do my daily pages and I’m able to reflect on my day more
fully and completely, and figure out maybe during that day what I should have done
different. I will be honest, there have been times when I have thought to myself,
“Man, I blew it today. I really did. And I regret the choices that I made today on how I
spent my time.” But doing that on a daily basis stops me from making the same
mistakes the next day, and I’m grateful for that. I’m grateful for the ability to make
the changes so quickly. I really appreciate the opportunity to reflect and have
introspection and figure out maybe what I can do different with my interactions and
my relationships, especially the ones that mean the most to me.

Okay, let’s run through the list and recap it really quick. These are five days to
change your life and your family by telling your story.
1. Recalling happy times increases happiness now.
2. Story is in our DNA and we need it to connect with other people.
3. All of that evidence about how children are more resilient and have a higher selfesteem
if they know their family’s story.
4. Telling and listening to personal narratives increases physical and mental health.
5. Telling our story causes reflection and introspection.

I wanted to talk just a little bit about my daily pages and how they have changed me
and changed my life. It’s been an incredible journey that I went on, and I started it
when I was going through one of the most difficult challenges and periods of time in
my life, and I decided to do this in December of 2014 because I wanted to have
something to look froward to each day, and I wanted to find something that I could
be grateful for each day. That’s how I approached it. I just wanted to have one thing.
One photo, one screenshot, one something each day that I could focus on. In a
previous podcast I talked about this. I continued it for the following year and for a
month or two into 2016.

The changes that I saw in my life and in my relationships were really very profound. I
gained a self-confidence that I hadn’t seen before, and a self-awareness of who I
really am. I strengthened relationships with the people that are most important to
me, and I was able to mend some relationships, repair some relationships, because I
was able to see where I had made mistakes and I had wronged some people and
done some things wrong and I needed to fix that and make amends for it. I became
more aware of the blessings and the gifts that I had in my life, and really was able to
see the hand of God in my life on a daily basis and understand what He expected of
me. I was able to see how my interactions with members of my family could be
strengthened and changed. I was able to see how I was spending my time and
maybe what I needed to do differently, where I might be wasting time.

I also was able to see some of the hard things I was doing on a daily basis. I was
really surprised to be able to look back and see that I was doing hard things every
single day. I was making hard choices and I was accomplishing big things, where
normally you look at your days and your weeks and you think that you’re not doing
that much, but when you look and examine day to day and can see, “I made this
decision about spending my time here or there, and I feel like I did a really good job,”
it is really rewarding to be able to see those challenges overcome and those good
decisions made.

I gained confidence from the fact that I was doing hard things all the time, even
though they aren’t things that a lot of people would think were hard. They were hard
to me, and I got through them. That had a huge impact on me, because the reality is,
as mundane and boring as a lot of us think our lives are, we are doing hard things
every day. We’re making big decisions every day, whether we’re deciding to call a
friend or text someone, and a lot of times we don’t know the impact, the long-lasting
impact that the little things might have in somebody else’s life. That is another thing
that I learned as I saw the impact that other people were having in my life. I am so
grateful, so grateful for people that continually give of their time and their talents to
me and to help me grow and improve and become a better person. That is
something that has come from that experience.

Brene Brown also teaches and has found in her research that everybody that she
interviewed that have been through traumatic, traumatic life events, survivors of
genocide and really things that I can’t even imagine in my life honestly, and she said
that everyone that she interviewed reported having joy, even genocide victims,
survivors that reported having joy. It was because they had gratitude. They had
gratitude. Their advice for us when she asked them was for us to not take the simple
things for granted. To have gratitude for the times that we are able to be with family
members and for the very simple things in life. Doing this daily documenting like I’ve
done has helped me be more grateful for the very little things in life. It’s changed me
as a person, and it’s changed me in all of the relationships that I have, and I’m so
grateful for it. It was an accident. I didn’t set out to have this happen. It was an
accident.

I’ve heard from a few of you that decided that you’re going to try this to and how it is
changing you as well, and that is so exciting to me. It’s changing how you see your
life, how you see your family for the better, and it’s so wonderful. I can’t wait to see
more of you hopefully jump on board. Is it necessary? No, it’s absolutely not
necessary. Do you need to do it for a long period of time? No, you do not. Even a week, I think, could make a big difference. Documenting gratitude daily for a week
could make a big difference, a month.

A year is an undertaking, but I didn’t intend to do it for a year, but when I stopped
doing it for a few days at the end of 2014 I really missed it, and that’s why I
continued it was because I could see and I could feel in my heart that it was
changing me. I didn’t know what it was doing, but I could feel in my heart it was
changing me, and I wanted to keep doing that, and that’s why I kept it up as long as I
did. I have been very unsuccessful in other projects that I’ve tried to do, including a
photo a day, but this has worked for me, and I think the biggest reason that it
worked for me is because I could feel changes happening.

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