Create a Chain of Gratitude

The simplest way to form a positive connection with the people and things around you is to ignite your sense of gratitude.  When trouble is bringing you down and life seems to not be flowing in your favor reverse the current by getting into a state of gratitude for all the blessings that are surrounding you.


Years ago a young comedian received this bit of advice from already famous comedian, Jerry Seinfeld.  Seinfeld’s advice was his method for success, his “Don’t Break the Chain” writing method.

Each January Seinfeld hung a large year-at-a-glance calendar on his wall.  For each day he wrote new material, he’d draw a big red “X” through that day on his calendar.  Drawing the “X”s became fun and rewarding for Seinfeld and eventually he had a chain of red “X”s on his calendar.

The idea was to never break the chain.

I love this idea and as a life coach see many ways to adapt this method to clients and of course have identified a way to use it as a “Don’t Break the Chain of Gratitude Tracker”.

Here is how to use Seinfeld’s advice to create your own “Don’t Break the Chain of Gratitude Tracker”:

Step 1:  Purchase your own month-in-a-glance or other calendar to hang on your wall where you will see it every day.

Step 2:  Each day make an X on that day if you acknowledged at least one event, person, thing, etc to be grateful for.

Step 3:  Also on that day write the name of the person who aided in bringing that blessing into your life.  You may not know all the names of those who support you and that is ok…you can write in “grocery store clerk” if need be.

For example, my guy is bringing over pizza for dinner and we are going to have our own little pizza party.  I am grateful for his thoughtfulness.  Today on my “Don’t Break the Chain of Gratitude Tracker” I will put a big red X and his name.

Today’s Simple Smile Igniter is to create your own “Don’t Break the Chain of Gratitude Tracker”.  Start using it today.

Over time you will see you have a Chain of Gratitude and a visual reminder of those who love, care for and support you in this life.


About Jodi Rosenberg

I am a life coach, corporate project manager, and generally happy person who has chosen to express myself through the written word with the intent of making life better for all of us.
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6 Responses to Create a Chain of Gratitude

  1. Susan says:

    What a great idea

  2. Susan says:

    Oops. I pressed ‘post’ before I’d finished commenting. But I really love this idea and am already scrabbling around for a suitable calendar! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  3. Dot Hurley says:

    I agree its a really good habit to get into. I’m following a personal develoment program at the moment which includes a daily journal. every day I have to list 10 things I’m grateful for. sometimes its a challenge to come up with that many, but I usually manage it. It has taught me to be more aware of the small things each day which contribute towards a positive experience

  4. Carmelo says:

    What a cool concept and action! Getting in the habit of appreciation is so vital to attracting even more good things into our lives. And, I would venture to say that when we do, it can’t help but spread those good things to others. We sort of become what we appreciate, don’t we?

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