Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? At your wit’s end? It happens to all of us. Not so good days are part of life, and it’s our job to learn to accept them and let go. But that can be difficult sometimes, especially when it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders.
It’s time for an attitude adjustment. A change in perception if you will. It’s time to make gratitude a habit.
Studies have shown that being grateful can reduce stress, improve relationships, and even help you sleep better! Why wouldn’t we want to be more grateful?
I started keeping a gratitude journal a while back, and I find it helps me to stay centred and grounded at the beginning or end of my day. However, I found it quite challenging sometimes to come up with a list of things I’m grateful for all at once. I’d forget by the end of the day what gratitude-inducing things happened during the day, and if I tried to write it in the morning, well I had trouble coming up with stuff because the day was so young. So I’ve adapted my gratitude journal a bit.
Now, I simply write down my gratitudes in the moment. I keep a journal on my phone because it’s always with me, but you could use a small notebook or sticky notes or whatever suits you.
When something happens in your day that fills you with gratitude, you write it in your journal as you’re having that feeling (or at the next convenient time). At the end of the day, I guarantee you’ll have a pretty big list. You can review the list before you go to bed and sleep peacefully, awash in gratitude.
What do you think? Do you keep a gratitude journal? How does it work for you? What’s your process? Please share in the comments!