Gratitude journal
three good things

Jun 19, 2019

Ampleforth Society Council

Tonight we held the inaugural meeting of the Ampleforth Society Council at the In & Out in London. For some time, as lead trustee of the Society, I have felt our constitution imposes on us a duty, and provides the authority, to play an active role in helping Ampleforth College, Monastery and affiliated organisations to thrive and flourish.

With my fellow trustees, we decided the best way to do this would be to form the Ampleforth Society Council, a group of wise, experienced and influential people to provide guidance and expertise.

It was therefore a pleasure and a joy to see the Council take off this evening, and agree to develop a plan for presentation to a larger Council meeting on 10 July. I am truly grateful to all those who have helped and advised me and my fellow trustees in bringing this crazy idea to fruition. We have talked to many people, discussing ideas and options over the past months and I now feel a weight lifted from my shoulders that better men and women than I have agreed to make the running on this.

As if to emphasise the point, LNER pulled the stops out last night and managed to get my 22:00 train from King’s Cross to York 20 minutes early. Makes up for last Saturday’s fiasco, so thanks to a train driver with a heavy foot on the accelerator.

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of
recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to
higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions as well as
a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

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