Writing a gratitude journal has been on my ‘To-Do List’ forever. The concept looked great in theory, but only recently did I put it in practice.
It seemed simple enough – writing down all the things you are grateful for. But when I actually started writing, this is what my list looked like…
I am grateful for…
- Loving Family
- Supportive Spouse
- Healthy Child
- Good Friends
- Our House
Do you see how abstract the list is? This could be anyone’s list. While, I really AM grateful for all of the things mentioned, this list does nothing for me when I look at it. Ok, actually it does. It makes me wonder why my list is so clichéd, and how is this supposed to help me?
Since then, I have tweaked a few things, and have discovered how beneficial this can be when done right . Having said that, there is no one right way of doing it. I am simply sharing what has worked for me in hope that some of it might work for you.
- Being specific : The supportive spouse on my list was too generic. I replaced it with a specific gesture of support. E.g. Volunteering to take over Baby Duty 100% while I write my posts for AtoZ.
- Quality over Quantity: I have found that elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which I am grateful for is more helpful than a superficial list of many things.
- Going for what actually FEELS GOOD over what simply SOUNDS GOOD: I have always been in awe of people who wrote down things like this in their gratitude journal > I am grateful for *The cool breeze of an approaching Summer Storm or *The view outside of my window. These people have figured out how to see beauty in everything and are on another level of grateful living. These things look good to me in a gratitude journal, however I could not relate to them. I can’t seem to feel genuinely grateful for them. I instead focused on things that I really felt good about, even if it did not sound profound. Sometimes that meant writing this down in my gratitude journal > I am grateful that my nightmare about a vampire hunting me and my family down never came true. 😛
It’s easy to get numb to the regular sources of goodness in our lives. Writing a gratitude journal has helped me appreciate the wonder in the mundane things in my life. I strongly recommend it to everyone.
Since I am fairly new to this, I am curious to hear from you guys. Have you ever written a gratitude journal? How frequently do you write in it? Please feel free to share any additional insights. It would really help.
*This post is written for the AtoZChallenge.
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