Gratitude means thankfulness, appreciation and acknowledging everything you receive. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Multiple studies have shown the correlation between gratitude and increased wellbeing. People who are more grateful tend to have higher levels of wellbeing. Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed and more satisfied with their lives and their relationships.
People tend to take for granted the good that is already present in their lives. What are some things you might take for granted? Maybe it’s the roof over your head, a reliable car, good health or a loving family. Maybe it’s something as simple as a smile from a stranger, flowers blooming in the spring or children laughing while playing outdoors. Miracles, large and small, greet us everyday; we have so much for which to be thankful.
I encourage all of you to keep a daily gratitude journal. A gratitude journal is a conscious way to call attention to the things for which you are grateful. Notice how your gratitude journal shifts your focus to a more positive outlook.The following suggestions can help you start a gratitude journal and a whole new outlook on life.
- Choose a blank notebook or journal to write in daily. Personalize your journal with clippings, photos and quotes. Keep it close by with a pen readily available.
- Look for things throughout the day for which you are grateful and take mental notes.
- Write at least 3 things for which you are especially grateful for. Remember to include all things no matter how big or small.
- Re-read your journal often as a reminder of all the many blessings in your life.