I wouldn't ask the probationers to keep a gratitude journal if I didn't think it would make a difference. Emails like this one feel so good:
Good morning Judge!
I’m checking in for the month of September this morning. This past month has been amazing; I got a promotion at work and I am now the plant foreman at my location and have been expressing my gratitude through my journal. I like to write in the mornings because I enjoy the ritual of waking up at 4am and enjoying a cup of coffee with my journal before work. I am full of joy and excitement for the future instead of anxiety for once. I have had no problems this month, I am so happy and grateful for my life recently. I hope this email finds you well!