Online Gratitude Course: An Overview and a Welcome

Thank You for taking this online Gratitude Course.

I am excited about sharing it and I hope you think the material covered is valuable.  Gratitude is a feel good topic; everyone wants to be more grateful and to learn more about gratitude.  But I have to warn you that it can also be hard work. It is something that you have to practice every day.  Some days you’ll really want to practice and other days you won’t care and yet, if you intend to develop an attitude of gratitude, you’ll still have to do it.  It takes a strong commitment and some even suggest that it necessitates a life-long commitment, like a VOW.    What we know for sure is that gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives.  Gratitude, in and of itself, changes everything.

My initial goal is to give you a quick overview of the course so you know what to expect and are ready to begin.

Here is the plan:

You can take the course at your own pace. I initially sent the information out weekly so I maintained that same structure for the online course but you can change it to Month 1, Month 2, etc if you’d like.  The course is open to any one but I do encourage you to take the course  in the sequence outlined.  You can take as long as you want for each week’s lesson but still take them in order for it to make the most sense.

Week 1:  (Lesson 1) –Gratitude as the memory of the heart  — How to develop an an Attitude of Gratitude

Week 2: (Lesson 2) — Gratitude as a form of prayer — How to pray always

Week 3:  (Lesson 3)  — Gratitude turns what we have into enough — How to stop yearning for the greener grass on the other side that really isn’t any better than on this side of the road

Week 4: (Lesson 4) — Some Research on Gratitude and why we should care — How to get you to yearn for GRATITUDE with all your heart.

In order to wet your appetite I’ll close with this song of gratitude to the God who gives us all things and the God who with extravagant love cares for us each and every day of our lives.  After the video I’ll include just a few logistic details about the course so you’re comfortable with the process.

 Some Logistics:

  • During the week (or month if you choose) you will have suggested actions and reflections. You can comment about these on the blog or on any content within the blog, i.e. what was most helpful? what touched you the most? what new information can you add? etc. As you scroll down the page to the very bottom you will see an open area for your comments; it will say LEAVE A REPLY. Once you complete your comment you can click SUBMIT.  It won’t appear right away.  In order to keep the site clear and secure I have set it up so that I release comments after I review them.  I hope you can bear with my scrupulosity around site security.
  • I will be using other resources throughout the course, e.g. YouTube Clips, links to poetry, links to documents on the website.  If you have difficulty with any of them just let me know.  To get a full screen view of the YouTube Clip click on the square box at the bottom right of the YouTube clip,  to get back to normal view just hit that same square box or tap on the Escape key (the ESC key at the top left of your keyboard).

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10 Responses to Online Gratitude Course: An Overview and a Welcome

  1. Marge January 31, 2017 at 9:47 am #

    I am so looking forward to spending this time with you and everyone who signed up. I know I am in need of a reminder about being grateful. Thank you so much!

  2. Sr. Patticia Wickenheiser January 31, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    Sorry, I made a mistake as I skimmed over the instructions. I now am able to use the password correctly.
    Sr. Pat

    • Sr. Julia Keegan January 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

      Pat, thanks for your persistence. I learned my first lesson from the Pilot for my next course — only use one word as a password

  3. Dianne January 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm #

    Wow, in the middle of my work day, stopped and went into this space and listened to the offering of Karen Drucker’s song and video “thank you for this day”. Totally heped me to remember how grateful I really am. It was so beautiful. I am grateful to be with all of you!

  4. Pat Kane January 31, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    I have been looking forward to this course and know that it will help me
    to be more grateful for all the wonderful gifts and graces God showers
    me with each day. Thank you, Julie for this opportunity.

  5. Marie Catherine Spellman February 7, 2017 at 9:28 am #

    Julie i am very happy to be able to share in your program. I know it will b helpful. Smc

  6. Barbara February 9, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    Dear Julia, Thank you for this wonderful experience. This is my first time blog, and I am enjoying it so much. I needed this spiritual lift, for there is much to be gratfull for. But there are a lot of challenges I am going through at this time. Thank you again, looking forward to this week’s message.

  7. Kathleen Parisi February 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    Dear Julie,

    WOW! What an array of beauty, color, and clarity of heart with a heart beat. Your welcoming words and support for the process made my journey a refreshing experience of love and gratitude. With great peace and anticipation–I send a thank you hug! Kathy

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