Do you keep a gratitude journal?
I try to write down at least five things each day that I’m thankful for. Some days are easier than others, but the taking the time to stop and reflect on my day and what I have (versus what I don’t) makes a huge difference. On the days that I’m too busy or tired, I can feel the difference in my attitude and overall demeanor.
Keeping a Gratitude Journal
- Choose a journal that works for you – a formal journal might work best or a Word file on your computer. You could even utilize the Notes section of your smart phone or download a virtual journal.
- Be specific with what you’re thankful for. Rather than “I’m thankful for my family” focus on the why for that particular day – “I’m thankful that my children made it through dinner time without arguing”
- List 3-5 items – decide on a goal that will work best for you and try to be as consistent as possible. This is a great habit to form and will do wonders for your demeanor and outlook on your daily life.
- Look at ways to turn not-so-good events into positives for you. Find ways to be grateful during the storms of life, the disappointments and the dark moments that come.
This week I’m thankful for the growth of my extended family! One of my younger cousins gave birth to twins and a week later they are home and healthy! I’m thankful for my personal growth – the process may not always be fun, but it’s necessary. I’m thankful for the bond between my children. They are definitely a close-knit trio and I pray that continues as they get older. I’m thankful for my upcoming three-day weekend 🙂 I’m heading to Charleston to celebrate our 40th year of coming together for an annual family reunion on my father’s side of the family. Fun times, fun times, fun times!
What are you thankful for this week?
Do you regularly list out what you’re thankful for?