Why Practice Gratitude
Why not? Life is a blessing and every moment unnoticed and not celebrated is a waste.
If you imagine people never getting up from bed to see the light of day, you would realize just how lucky you are. Also, you don’t have to buy a bottle of canned oxygen to breathe fresh air, to scamper for food in a mountain of rubbish, nor to be subjected every day to the terrifying sound of bullets and real threat to life.
Life is great and there is just so much to be thankful for.
People who express gratitude, whether openly or in subtle or covert ways, radiate positivity and cheerfulness. They tend to be calm, peaceful, content, and joyful, knowing that blessings abound and are there for the taking.
God gave you 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “Thank You?” ~William A. Ward
So, why practice gratitude?
What do you think?
Get Yourself a Gratitude Journal
If saying “thanks” is an ordeal because you have so much to attend to, it’s a clear signal for you to stop what you’re doing.
Take a moment to breathe. It would unburden you of stress.
Be mindful of what’s happening in your surroundings and, more importantly, your life.
If you have a piece of paper or notebook, go on… write the things that you are grateful for, both big and small, important or not, Earth-shaking or trivial.
If you have a gratitude journal, all the better (though not necessary)! You could easily use the journaling prompts in it.
Keeping a gratitude journal is nothing complicated. It doesn’t have to be methodical or structured. Although it is more focused on practicing daily gratitude, it functions in the same way as most other journals.
The bottom line with keeping a gratitude journal is having a tool to express thankfulness.
5 Simple Steps to Practice Thankfulness Every Day
If starting a gratitude journal is something strange, here’s a brief on how to do it:
Step #1 – Ask Yourself: What are you grateful for today?
Think about events, people, challenges, learnings, or insights that have moved or enriched you.
Step #2 – Write down your thoughts on paper.
It doesn't matter what you use to write on - standard notebook, fancy journal, tablet, print paper, calendar, post-it notes, scratch paper, or receipt. Personally, I use my cell phone and save to draft. What is important is getting into the habit of expressing gratitude each day. Of course, there is nothing like keeping a journal that you can go back to time and again.
Step #3 – Keep a daily regular schedule.
Set a time each day to write on your gratitude journal. It may be on your work break, lunch, before bed... you decide. Your important keywords are daily, regular and schedule.
Step #3 – Express gratitude any way you want.
Draw, illustrate or color. You may even write a poem or song. If that's how you want to say thanks, do it.
Step #5 – Protect your privacy.
At the end of the day, keep your journal in a safe place. What you write in there is yours to keep. It's best to keep it private and secure.
Aren't those steps simple?
Go ahead – pause, breathe, reflect and write!
A piece of paper and pen along with a grateful heart are all it takes.