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Post Info TOPIC: Gratitude Lists


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I read an article in a major publication the other day about the psychological benefits of gratitude and had the question pop into my head, When did gratitude lists become a thing in AA? Were they from the early decadesor did they come from the treatment centers?

I've never kept lists, but I have come to enjoy gratitude as a meeting topic.

Glad to see there is research to back it up, wherever it came from.



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First of all, Welcome to MIP Arnold ... ... ... glad you found us ...

It's late here and I'm about to retire for the night, so I'm work'n with a tired brain here ... as I worked the steps years ago, gratitude was to become a big part of my recovery through spiritual growth ... the closer I got to finishing the steps, the more grateful I felt to have found AA and its program ... and, of course, this opened up a whole new world for me ... I stopped fighting anything or anybody, including myself, and I began to grow spiritually which was new to me ...

My sponsor had me make gratitude lists, which, when you write them down, make a big impact on just how you see things ... this goes a long way toward giving ones-self a positive attitude in life ... makes for a person that others don't mind being around ...

So ... When did the lists come around??? ... I really don't know, but I'm sure glad they're part of what makes us who we are ...



Love ya and God Bless,
Pappy



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A gratitude list is a powerful technique to get back to basics.

Bitching about my car troubles?

Asshole, (me) remember walking everywhere because you drank the bus fare money?



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Okay, here's one thing I'm grateful for: what I call DRY HANGOVERS. Sometimes, when our disease is discussed, I get this feeling of being hungover. It lasts less than a minute, but it sure adds fuel to the fire of alcohol avoidance.

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