I had a really hard time with some of these exercises. Brain-stumped! Some of these exercises, I knew off the cuff because I usually wear my heart on my sleeve (Yes! Pun, intended!), which includes this exercise:
This exercise reminded me that I should tuck my optimism cards in all my pockets so I can pull them out in years to come:
This was a brain-stumper! Really, could be worse? Sounds so pessimistic, or as some friends would say, “realistic.” It turns out that this exercise had a cheerful twist – it’s bittersweet to take this perspective because the exercise mandates the gratitude journalist to take a sunshiney point-of-view (Yes, “sunshiney” is a Gina-ism):
I really like this app mainly because it reminds me every now and then (NOT everyday) to complete an excercise. One time I dismissed the notification because it came at an awkward moment. I could not drop what I was doing to get to it. When I dismissed the notification, I was prompted to complete the exercise two days later. That was kind of cool. So how is this coming along in helping me keep positive? Well, Tuesday night, I had a dream that someone significant in my life, who has now passed, told her drycleaner, who told my Mom, who is a drycleaner, with whom I was a backseat passenger in a car (so I overheard), that I’m a complainer! WOW (Quite long-winded, confusing, and sounds like hearsay to me, too). I believe the exercises are tapping into my subconscious and making me realize that I should be more thankful than pissy. Maybe.
Would you journal in an app, like the Bliss app, or journal your gratitude on paper?
The Developer of the Bliss App wrote back to me about synchronizing the App and Chrome Extension, which are in beta:
Hi, Thanks for the write up!
The Syncing functionality is still in beta – it works but you may have to close / reload the android app if exercises don’t show up.
Here’s a link to our website:
and android app:
Let me know if you have any other questions / requests