Sunday, November 20, 2011

This Thanksgiving: Start a Gratitude Journal

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s time to start a gratitude journal. All you need to get started is:

·         A regular notebook

·         A pin

·         Something to be grateful for (and all of us have many somethings to be grateful for).
Alternately, you can use:

·         A computer

·         Word Processing software

·         Something to be grateful for
I prefer to handwrite everything I’m grateful for in a notebook. It feels more like a journal that way.

Using a Gratitude Journal

Each day, start a new page in your gratitude journal (and date it). From morning until you retire for the night, list every positive thing that happens it your life. You should list both the big positives and the small positives.

For instance, getting an unexpected check in the mail when you are broke might be a big positive. Reading an inspirational quote from one of your Facebook friends, a quote that lifts your mood just when you need it the most, might be a small positive.
Nevertheless, list them all.

Benefits of Starting (and Keeping) a Gratitude Journal
Louise Hay is fond of saying that the Universe loves gratitude; the more you are grateful for what you have, the more the Universe gives you to be grateful for. I have found this to be true in my own life.  

Starting and keeping a gratitude journal has many benefits:

-          It allows you to see evidence of a responsive, prosperous Universe.

-          You become aware of how much you have to be grateful for in your life.

-          You start experiencing more frequent (and more special) incidents from which to be thankful.

Oprah Winfrey has said that she has been keeping a gratitude journal for years, and look how it’s worked for her!
So this Thanksgiving, start a gratitude journal. Next Thanksgiving, read about all the astounding events that have happened in your life since starting this journal. I think you’ll be amazed.

1 comment:

  1. great idea...if we'd live into this state of being thankful rather than whining..we'd be better off