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Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

I opened up my heart to a one sentence grateful journal. I don’t think I’m doing it the way I’m “supposed” to, but something’s better than nothing, right? And I’m seeing results!

I started writing a grateful sentence with my mid morning coffee at work. I sit and look at my day or the last few days and all I can think of are the annoying tendencies of life

  1. I wish I had more time to blog
  2. I wish my job was more fulfilling
  3. I wish I saw my friends more
  4. I wish I didn’t have to pay all these bills.
  5. I wish I didn’t have to do laundry and clean today.

I would sit trying to think of things I’m grateful for but all that would come to mind are things that I personally feel like I’m lacking which leads to a lot of complaining which leads to an overall sense of unhappiness.

So the way I started writing in my grateful journal is taking whatever I’m feeling is weighing down on me. Whatever it upsetting me. Whatever I’m dreading. And finding the positive in it.

For example, addressing my 5 complaints up top.

  1. I’m grateful that I found something I’m so passionate about I want more time to do it.
  2. I’m grateful to have a job when so many people are unemployed.
  3. I’m grateful that my friends are so understanding when I can’t always make time for them.
  4. I’m grateful that I’m financially stable enough to pay off my bills
  5. I’m grateful that I have clothes to wear and a home to clean.

A grateful journal has a way of sneaking up on you. It seems so insignificant at first, writing down one thing that benefits you, one joy in your life. In the 24 hours of your day how can 60 seconds make such an impact- it can. I found it to be tedious. Why can’t I just SAY I’m grateful for it? You can, and I could, but there’s a magic to putting pen to paper. There’s a magic in forming a habit that forces you to focus on something positive in your life, even if it’s only for 60 seconds.

Now, you’re asking yourself how I can talk up a sentence so much. But stay with me. Daily gratitude’s are so exceptional to your mental and physical health.

Gratitude and improve physical and psychological health. Grateful people have fewer aches and pains. When you’re grateful for your surroundings and your overall life you’re more likely to take care if your health. On the other hand, gratitude reduces toxic emotions ranging from envy to regret. Practicing gratitude can effectively increase happiness and reduce depression.

Gratitude improves self-esteem- when focusing what you have and not what you wish you had it helps one become the optimal version of themselves. Rather than becoming resentful towards people who have more money or better jobs you are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

I’ve been writing what I’m grateful for, for the past 2 months and I’m finally becoming at peace with myself. It’s something I was striving for this month. I felt my depression creeping back up in my thoughts and actions. I could truly feel in emptiness in my heart, but something as small as a sentence, as 60 seconds of writing, of forming a habit to focus on the good- it’s keeping me afloat, keeping these waves of sadness at a minimum. I’m so lucky to have found something that’s beginning to work and I hope that you’d consider adopting this habit. Taking 60 seconds and putting pen to paper. I’m hoping that writing what you’re thankful for has the same impact on you that it did on me. I’m praying you find your inner peace because I’m slowly but surely finding mine.