Have you ever wondered what the secret to happiness is? Did you ever feel like it might be right under your nose, but you weren’t sure what you could be missing? Many people believe that happiness is a mindset- but how do you create more of it other than just ‘deciding to be happy?’ (which is, by the way, an important place to start).
Enter gratitude journal.
Have you ever tried one? Heard of one?
It can also be called ‘highs and lows’ (minus the lows), ‘three things’, and prayers. Ultimately they all work the same- you give thanks for all of the things in your life for which you are grateful. You can thank your god, the universe, those around you- it doesn’t matter who or what you imagine bestows all of this greatness upon you. You must simply feel thankful.
“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot” -Hausa Proverb
It is often surprising to people how this little habit can change so much of one’s outlook on life. Regardless of whether you tend to be a ‘glass half empty’ or ‘glass half full’ kind of person, a gratitude journal has the power to change that. It is expansive. And once you start to change your energy to a more positive vibration you will not only appreciate more, but also have the uncanny ability to attract more goodness into your life. (ie. you will be one of those people who it just ‘feels good’ to be around and good things just ‘happen to!’)
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here are just a few tips I have for getting started:
1. Be thoughtful- enjoy every moment pondering the great things of your life. (Don’t just list things things that you know you SHOULD be grateful for!)
2. Focus on people more than things- although it is fine to include both, people will inevitably bring you more lasting joy than your new cell phone or new car. (Even if it IS super awesome!)
3. Don’t set limits- you don’t have to list a certain number of things each day. Keep it free and easy, low stress, and allow it to be enjoyable!
So what do you say? Are you going to try it?
I’d love to hear what you learn!