A year-long, page-per-day gratitude journal
If you want to increase your happiness and re-wire your brain to be naturally more joyful, and as long as you’re not offended by the occasional f-bomb, then this is the journal for you. Shelly’s Gratitude, Joy & Bad*ssery journal! Filled with beauty, joy, and bad*ssery. Canadian bound, 392 pages printed in full colour. Imagined by Shelly Davies, stunningly designed by CaylahRoseCreates, printed in New Zealand, and inspired by bad*ss girlfriends around the world.
So why a gratitude journal?
We live in a world where we think you have to be successful to be happy. Get that partner, those kids, that job house car clothes what-the-f*ck-ever. We’ve got it all wrong.
The good news is that research and neuroscience has given us some pretty good evidence that it’s wrong. The good news is that you and I can grab what research and neuroscience have told us and run that sh*t like a badass! So here’s what you need to know to have SERIOUS influence over your ability to be happy and find success (whatever that looks like for you). Spoiler – it involves daily writing in a gratitude journal.
1. Neuroplasticity – we have the ability to train our brains to rewire themselves.
2. The Science of Happiness – it’s an actual science not just bullsh*t that some self-proclaimed guru is quoting on Facebook.
3. Positive Psychology – I’m a huge fan of Shaun Achor and you should watch his TED talk about happiness and success. His work tells us:
- As a society, we keep happiness over the cognitive horizon (I’ll be happy when)
- Happiness is a predictor of success. In other words, make yourself happy, and success will follow
- Daily gratitude literally rewires our brains to BE MORE HAPPY
The gratitude journal in my life
People think I’m lucky or something. ‘Wow, what an amazing life Shelly has. I wish I had some of that.’
What’s really going on is that I’m committed to joy (and bad*ssery). Like SERIOUSLY COMMITTED. And since I know I can rewire my brain to make it more happy, and that doing that work will contribute to all the outcomes I’m after, I’m gonna f*cking do it, you guys.
That’s right, every day (almost). Every day I spend just a few moments listing things I’m grateful for. Sometimes they’re deep and philosophical. Sometimes they’re superficial. I am regularly grateful for cheese. And pottering in the kitchen (not sure when I turned 87). I might even be grateful for multiple orgasms (aren’t you???).
So this book is your gratitude place. There are no rules. No filters. No shoulds. Use bullets or write paragraphs – it makes no difference! Spend 15 minutes or 30 seconds. Even on your worst days you can write, I’m f*cking grateful I’m alive and there’s bread in the cupboard, OK? Carry this gratitude journal like your life depends on it – cos your happiness actually does.
I’m so glad you’re here. I’m so excited you want joy in your life and you know you can actually make that happen. You, my friend, are a bad*ss, and I love you.