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Me and the catHi, I'm Bec, a freelance graphic designer (that's me on the right...no, the far right).

I've struggled with depression for a number of years, and I have found that practising gratitude—that is, actively thinking about the things I am grateful for in my day—has helped to alleviate a lot of my symptoms.

Gratitude is an amazing thing: it can lower stress, help alleviate anxiety and depression, and promote contentment, acting as a counterbalance to our stress-filled world.

At first, I didn't want to believe that something so simple could be so effective. But  strengthening my gratitude muscles has made the dark times far fewer and far less intense. It has also made me notice the details of my life, and has caused me to realise how many wonderful things and people I come into contact with every day.

I developed a way to make daily gratitude a seamless part of my life and I want to share it with other people too, so they can enjoy the benefits of a life lived with gratitude. I designed it to be beautiful and fun—something I'd love to have with me and use all the time.

So here it is: the 2016 Everyday Gratitude Diary!

What's in the Diary?

What the diary might look like
Vital statistics

Size: A5
Cover: inky blue hardcover
Interior: black ink on 100 gsm matt white paper, with a ribbon bookmark
(note: the above is just a mockup as the diary hasn't been printed yet!)

Day to day
You can use it just like you would a normal day planner/diary. There's lots of blank space for appointments and To Dos. In addition, at the end of each day, there is a prompt and space for you to write down one thing you were grateful for that day. Even if you're having a crappy day, there’s sure to be at least one good thing in it!

Weekly layout
Monthly snapshot 
At the end and beginning of each month, there is space to stop and take stock. You get a chance to look back over the month and reflect on how you've been feeling and what you were most grateful for. You also get a chance look ahead and think about what things you're going to do to look after yourself this coming month: self-care is really important—especially as we get busier and busier. Maybe you could book a massage. Maybe plan a walk at a beach. Maybe plan to have coffee with friends.

Monthly snapshot
End of the year
Isn't it weird how a year goes by and you forget half the things that have happened? At the end of the diary there is a spot for you to reflect on and write down the things you were most grateful for throughout the year. Now you have a perfect little time capsule of all the things you did and were grateful for in 2016!

Yearly layout
Colouring in!
Scattered throughout the pages of the diary are illustrations by my good friend, Jessica Green. They're on a range of whimsical topics (a wombat tea party, anyone?), and might make you smile. But they've also been left as outlines so you can colour them in if you like. Grab those coloured pencils and make these drawings your own!

Illustrations


Why do I need this diary?

Using the diary daily will show you that practising gratitude is not hard, but it brings a wealth of benefits. Research shows that practising gratitude can lead to:

- A strengthened immune system and lower blood pressure
- Improved sleep
- Better resilience
- Stronger relationships

And grateful people are more helpful, altruistic and compassionate! 

The colouring-in is beneficial too—colouring-in for adults has been recently shown to stimulate creativity, help you relax and, yep, even relieve anxiety and depression symptoms.

If you love paper diaries...
You will love this one! It's going to be beautiful and one you will enjoy using.

But I don't use a paper diary!
Now, I know a lot of you might own smartphones and not use a paper diary anymore. Even if that’s the case, The Everyday Gratitude Diary is still for you: you can use it as more of a journal than an appointment diary. You might like to keep it by your bed and jot down the things that happened during the day before you go to sleep. The very act of writing makes you slow down, engages your brain and helps with contemplation.


我的故事

Me and the cat嗨~ 我是Bec,我是一名平面设计师 (右边的就是我… 不不不,我是说最右边的)

数年前我患有轻微抑郁症,我发现最好的治疗方法就是要有一颗感激的心。现在我每天都生活的很乐观,积极的思考并对我的生活、我的经历充满感激,这有效的改善了我当时的情绪和症状。

感恩真是太神奇了!它可以给人减压,有助于缓解焦虑和抑郁,使人感到知足。感恩是我们对抗这个充满恶意世界的原动力。

起初,我根本不愿相信如此简单的东西竟然有这么强大的力量,但是我积极的态度使我远离了生活中的黑暗面。不仅这样,这还让我发现了许多生活中美好的细节,使我意识到我每天接触的人和生活是多么的美好。

我开始记录我每天发生的事情并当然想去跟你们分享,希望你们也可以跟我一样感激生活,享受生活带来的美好。我用我的爱和全部的时间设计了一个美丽的东西。

就是这个:2016 感恩养成笔记!



日记里面有什么呢?

What the diary might look like
重要内容
尺寸:A5
封面:藏蓝色精装
内部:白色亚光纸以及丝带书签
(注:以上只是实物模型)

每天记录

可以用它在空白页上面写计划、写日记、提醒约会或是办事项。就算这一天你心已被塞满,相信你肯定也可以至少记录下至少一件有趣的事!

Weekly layout
每月快照

在每个月的月初和月末都会留有一个空白格给您做总结。使用者便可以回顾在过去一个月里的心情和经历,这可以帮助和激励使用者清楚的规划下个月想做的事情。自我认识和自我照顾极为重要,特别是在我们越来越忙的时候,更需要为自己减压,也许你需要为自己预定一次全身按摩,也许自己去海边走走或是跟几个朋友喝杯咖啡畅所欲言。


Monthly snapshot
一年最后

当一年结束后,你会不会觉得奇怪为何时光流逝飞快而且遗忘了很多事情呢?没关系!在这个日记的最后您可以畅所欲言,记录下在2016年里所经历的一切难忘美好的事物!


Yearly layout
上色涂彩!

日记里面的插画是由我的朋友杰西卡 格林所画。这里天马星空的想法和异想天开的插画想必可以给您带来一个好心情。我们为您画了模板,您给以自己给它涂上你喜欢的颜色。快拿起画笔来涂色吧!


Illustrations


为什么需要这个日记呢?


每天写日记会向你证明试着去感恩其实并不难而且还可以给你的人生带来财富。研究表明,一颗感恩的心态可以使你:


- 加强免疫系统,降低血压
- 改善睡眠质量
- 增强自我恢复能力
- 使人与人之前的感情和关系更紧密

一个懂得感恩的人会更加无私、乐于助人而且富有同情心!

着色涂彩过程也是受益颇多的 - 上色对于成年人来说,可以起到激发创造力,使人放松还有缓解焦虑抑郁状态的作用。

如果你喜欢用文字记录自己生活的话…
你将一定会爱上这个日记本!

若不喜欢写字记录!
我知道现在很多人与其手写,更喜欢使用智能手机。可即便如此,2016 幸福笔记依然是你的’好伙伴’:你可以把它当做日记本来用。你可以把它放在床头,在每天临睡前记录下当天发生的事情。写作可以使你放慢飞奔的脚步,给你的大脑’吸氧’从而对事情有更冷静的思考和更成熟的判断能力。



资金如何使用?

您的贡献将会帮助我:


- 印刷日记本 (这需要大部分份额的资金)
- 制作额外礼物 (贴纸,卡片,杯子和手提包)
- 给可爱的你们邮寄礼物
- 对不是Pozible用户的人,给美好笔记做一些宣传



我坚信我是个非常有爱心并想去回报社会的人,所以我决定将利润的5%捐献给黑狗研究所。那是一个在澳大利亚,世界领先并非盈利组织。



挑战

即便作为一个’女汉子’,去履行奖励也是需要付出很多努力的。目前我把发货时间定在10月,这样我会有充足的时间来完成订单。


外一个挑战就是邮寄 - 生活在澳大利亚也意味着把东西寄到这里或把东西从这里寄出去都要支付非常昂贵的价格。如果有海外订单 - 即便邮寄的费用非常昂贵但是我是真心的感谢!



我的其他工作

我是创造和制作关于对抗抑郁症动漫选集的成员之一。在2011年中,我们在Pozible筹集到足够的资金并推出了我们的书,实现了我们预计三年的目标。我们的书出版后得到了极好的反馈。


同时我也是一名自由平面设计师和作家 - 您可以在Rebecca Jee Creative找到我的一些作品。



感谢您从头读到尾!我真心的希望你能和我一样学会并感受感恩带给我们的收获 - 还等什么 快来预购专属于你的美好笔记吧!


How The Funds Will Be Used

Your contribution will help me to:

- print the diary (this will take the lion's share of the funding)
- produce the extra rewards (stickers, cards, mugs and totes)
- ship the rewards out to you lovely people
- do a bit of publicity so lots of non-Pozible people can get a copy of the Everyday Gratitude Diary too

I firmly believe in being big-hearted and giving back, so 5% of profits will be donated to the Black Dog Institute, which is an Australian not-for-profit organisation and world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

The Challenges

As a one-woman show, fulfilling the rewards is going to take a lot of effort. I've set the delivery date as October to give me plenty of time to get peoples' orders fulfilled in time for Christmas and the start of the new year. 

The other challenge is shipping - living in Australia means that getting anything shipped here or shipped out of here is super expensive. So to anyone from overseas who orders - many apologies for the high shipping costs but thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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A$5 +Virtual hugThank you! You are an excellent human and your encouragement makes me smile! (You can select this option and adjust the amount if you just want to help out but don't want an actual diary...)
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A$35 +All GoneDiary only - EARLYBIRDYou'll get one beautiful 2016 Everyday Gratitude Diary and my heartfelt thanks. This is the cheapest price but there's only a limited number! Note: you can order up to 3 copies at this price if you want extras to give as gifts. Shipping within Australia included. Everywhere else, add $30 for shipping.
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A$40 +Diary onlyYou'll get one copy of the 2016 Everyday Gratitude Diary and warm fuzzy feelings from me. Note: you can order multiple copies if you want to give some as gifts! Shipping within Australia included. Everywhere else, add $30 for shipping.
166 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$100 +Gratitude KitKick start your gratitude practice with all these fancy extras! You'll get: - 1 x 2016 Everyday Gratitude Diary - 5 x thank you postcards to send to people you're grateful for - 30 x cute stickers to use in your diary to mark great days, or to stick anywhere you like for a little pop of positivity - an Everyday Gratitude mug - all packaged in an exclusive Everyday Gratitude tote Note: you can order multiple kits! Shipping within Australia included. Everywhere else, add $50 for shipping.
18 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$170 +Treat yo' self (Sydney)Women of Sydney, this one is for you! You will get everything in the Gratitude Kit (see above) PLUS a voucher for a blissful 60 minute relaxation massage at The Garden Studio in South Hurstville, Sydney Note: The Garden Studio only offers massage to female clients in Sydney, so if you're a guy or don't live in Sydney, why not earn yourself some gratitude and give the voucher as a gift to someone else? See http://thegardenstudio.net.au for details about The Garden Studio.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015
A$200 +Share and share alikeThis makes a great gift and also kicks off your own gratitude practice! You'll get: 2 x copies of the Everyday Gratitude Diary 2 x mugs 2 x tote bags 2 x sets of cute stickers and 52 beautiful thank you cards with envelopes - send a card every week in 2016 and let people know you're grateful for them! Shipping included within Australia. Add $40 for international shipping.
5 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is October 2015