Gratitude Is What We Feel

The Thanksgiving holiday has passed. Of course, being grateful isn't for just one day a year. It's something that we can feel every day. But with the busyness of the season, it’s easy to skip anything “extra” in our often over-scheduled lives. I’m going to suggest you add something extra anyway: a gratitude journal.

It doesn’t need to be fancy. A small, inexpensive notebook works just fine. You’re going to keep it somewhere near where you sleep.

You’ll need a pencil or a fine-point felt pen (something with a little grip to it). Writing this out is more effective than typing. There’s a something that goes on in our brains when we actually write on paper that we don’t  seem to get using an electronic device.

The process is easy. Just before bed, you write down three things that you’re grateful for.

Here’s an example:

  1. My sister-in-law for suggesting a girl’s night/wine tasting.
  2. Fresh apples.
  3. A warm sweater on a cold day.

You do this just before bed, so that your subconscious will process it while you sleep. It’s okay that the items aren’t  always going to be big events. In fact, that’s better in some ways. A growing appreciation for the little things brings an understanding of just how blessed we are. And it’s okay if things are repeated from time to time. Eventually, you will see that you duplicate less and less. There are a lot of things we can all be grateful for!

Understand, this is not a “one and done” kind of thing. Plan on doing this until it becomes a habit. But over time, you will find that your attitude gentles, and becomes more positive. This is a different amount of time for everyone, and you may not notice at first. The people who live around you may notice before you do.

In time, finding three things to be grateful for every day, will help you to become grateful for everything, every day.