Join me this week of Thanksgiving . . . as I focus on gratitude.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
—G.K. Chesterton

I subscribe to artist/author Austin Kleon‘s weekly newsletter, and recently he shared a little gratitude “mini-zine” he designed for Thanksgiving. (He started making little “zines” as a project during the pandemic; he has other versions available if you’re inspired to see more.) (Also . . . what is a “zine,” you might be asking? Well . . . it’s just a self-published, non-commercial print work produced in small batches. Like a magazine . . . only smaller.)

I thought it looked like a fun gratitude project, so I gave it a try!

Austin has a downloadable version of his gratitude mini-zine available here. The link also includes a short YouTube video that explains how to cut and fold the paper to turn it into a little zine . . . or there is a QR code right on (what will become) the back page of your mini-zine that will also get you to the video.

It’s a pretty easy process. You just download the pdf file, print it, and then cut and fold your way to creating your little gratitude mini-zine. It’s kind of . . . magical . . . the way a simple fold-and-cut situation can turn into a pretty nifty little “zine.” (There is also a version for children. Same link. Just keep scrolling — it’s at the bottom of the page.)

Even if you don’t print out the little mini-zine for yourself, you might be interested in the three gratitude exercises Austin includes within its pages (y’know . . . for your journal or something).

  • First, he begins by inviting us to create a simple list of 10 things we’re thankful for.
  • Next, he suggests we list 3 people we’re thankful for in our lives, and then to describe what each of those people taught us.
  • Last, he provides space for us to list VERBS (not nouns or objects) of what we love to DO, and then he goes further by asking us to figure out how we can spend more time doing these verbs.

Excellent exercises to ponder . . .
during a week of gratitude.