Remember that this journal is ALL about you. So no-one can tell you what you should or could be grateful for. You can think what you want. Write what you want. And, you can do it whenever you like.
Starting an Attitude of Gratitude is all about making you happier in your life. Through Gratitude you can become a more Positive person and it’s widely acknowledged that people who take time each day to be grateful tend to be happier in life.
I often use Gratitude to put me to sleep at night. I start at the letter A, and work my way through the alphabet choosing one thing for each letter that I am greatful for. A sunny Day, Brown Bread, Cornflowers… give it a try.
Gratitude journals are not just lists of things that you’re grateful for, they are also the perfect time to be mindful. So rather than just list things… spend a little time understanding why you are grateful for the things you write down or think about. When you begin to focus on why certain things are important to you and why you are feeling grateful, you’ll naturally notice that more of those things manifest in your life.
The most important thing about a Gratitude Journal is to create a new daily habit. Once you have completed 28 straight days of engaging in the habit of gratitude, you will notice that you naturally have a more positive attitude towards all areas of your life. And the more positive your daily attitude the happier you will feel. You may also notice that you can find it easier to cope better through difficulties as your habit of being grateful will always shine a light… even in the darkest of times.
First thing in the morning, 11am, Lunch time, the Afternoon, 6pm, 7pm…. Midnight… Just write in your journal whenever it feels right for you.
Sure, for some people they’ll want to stick to the same time every day. But interacting with your Gratitude journal should be a time of relaxation and as we all know, that perfect time can be at different times every day.
Of course there are things in our life that we’re grateful for, particularly if we’ve had to work very hard to get them. But I would advise that you focus on people and times in your life that you’re grateful for rather than things. This brings a greater awareness of what you want more of in your life and you’ll notice that you start to make better choices about what you choose to do and who you choose to share your time with.
Oh yeah… I said that already!
Remember that this is your habit, your time, your engagement with your life. So don’t feel that it needs to be done in any particular way on a consistent basis.
There’s no need to set a minimum number of things that you must be grateful for every day, even one thing a day will keep your habit going in a positive direction and it’s the habit that’s important.