Wendy Poling
Frequent Contributor

During the month of November we're continuing our theme of "being thankful".


This week I'm highlighting a list of 1001 things to be thankful for or to love about military life! Our Money Matters Community Manager here on the blog, Tara, along with her co-authors, is celebrating the release of their new book, 1001 Things to Love About Military Life. I just couldn't let this milestone go by without sharing a few highlights from the book (full disclosure I'm #501)!


1001 Things to Love About Military Life features a unique list of things to be grateful or thankful for both small and big! The authors and contributors have done an incredible job sharing personal stories, resources and amazing photographs that highlight the things that make military life so rewarding, amazing, and at times humorous. One of my favorite parts, they even left room for us readers to add our own favorite things!


Here are just a few of the 1001 things to love about military life:

# 18 - The opportunity to defend freedom
# 228 - Port Calls
# 446 - Watching the "paper chain" of deployment days getting shorter


Have you ever written a list of things you are thankful for or kept gratitude journal?


Many of you probably have. I've started and stopped journaling through the years and I can tell you when I'm faithfully writing in my gratitude journal, I'm more positive. I could never really explain it, but it turns out there is a researcher, Dr. Robert Emmons, who actually studied the affects of keeping a gratitude journal.


In Dr. Emmons happiness research he found, "in an experimental comparison, those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003)."




If writing down what we are grateful for can make us happier, then I need to start writing stuff down ALL THE TIME!! I've noticed a few friends listing 3-5 things they are thankful or grateful for in their Facebook status updates everyday. I think this is a great way to keep a gratitude journal!


Thank you to the authors, Tara, Star, Kathie, and Holly for reminding us, "there are indeed 1001 things to love about military life or more" and the importance of living in gratitude.


What do you love about military life? Share your thoughts here or in the comments section.


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1001 Things to Love About Military Life