My dear readers,
Today I am talking about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. Let’s get right into it:
1. It’s simple and non-demanding
All you need is a pen/pencil and a notebook to get started. Then, simply write down all the things that you are thankful for (e.g., food, shelter, life, family, friends, love, education, etc.)
2. It reminds you of all that you have
This gives you a boost in confidence and self-esteem by focusing on the things you already have rather than complaining about the things you want but currently lack. You’ll soon realize that you actually have more than you think, which will open your mind to the fact that abundance is a way of life that does not require millions of dollars.
3. It changes your current attitude
Stress and gratitude are simply incompatible; therefore, when you feel grateful, you cannot feel stressed out at the same time. Try this exercise: close your eyes and imagine in your mind someone or something that you hate. Feel that anger. Now, imagine someone or something that you are grateful for. Feel the love. Now try to feel those simultaneously, and you’ll notice that one comes before or after the other. They do not occur simultaneously.
4. It creates an abundance mindset
Being grateful helps keep your mind from thoughts of scarcity and lack (i.e., that little voice inside your head that nags, “why do they get to have that but I don’t? I don’t have any money and no one likes people who don’t have money”). Get that voice to shut up by listing all the things you DO have. This will create an abundance mindset, which is a prerequisite for any sense of security in life regardless of how much you own materialistically.
5. It clears your head
Thinking about all the things that you have in your life makes it much easier to go about your day with positive rather than negative thoughts. You’ll feel lighter and less bogged down by “the world”, which clears your thinking and makes room for more important mental activity (i.e., planning out your day or taking small steps toward conquering your fears).
You see, we all have something to be grateful for – life. For any of you who think this is cheesy, develop an appreciation for your self first and then you’ll see just how great YOU ARE. Then you will see how great LIFE is, because life is community with other selves. You are born into this world to have an impact on others. You cannot afford to waste your time feeling like you don’t have enough. You have plenty, and it all starts within.
I know this sounds all fluffy and nice, but really it is the truth. Even if you are a waiter in a small restaurant nobody knows about, you have the chance to make someone else’s day better by simply expressing your appreciation of them with one simple phrase, “hey, I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate you.” That’s rare and powerful in today’s society because it expresses love and gratitude all in one.
So, my challenge to you is to express your gratitude and appreciation for someone else in your life, whether it be family, friend, or coworker. It has to be face-to-face. None of this texting nonsense! Start small, and eventually you’ll gain momentum to the point where people just want to be around you because of your contagious positivity.