“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” ~ Zig Ziglar
With Thanksgiving just behind us here in the US, gratitude is a topic that we’ve all been hearing a lot about recently. Like clockwork every year, bloggers all over the country start posting lists of all of the things they are grateful for. Likewise, all across social media, friends and family post heartfelt messages detailing what they are most thankful for this time of year.
It is heartwarming to read and partake in these traditions every year; but it often seems like as soon as the holiday has passed, these expressions of gratitude become few and far between.
Gratitude, however, is an emotion that I believe should be expressed year-round. So much so, in fact, that I have dedicated a whole 3 pages to it in my Bullet Journal every month.
I started this log in November, inspired by Kim (Tiny Ray of Sunshine). Although I have been logging my gratitude in different ways for some time now, having this collection in my Bullet Journal with all of my gratitude notes in one place initiated a perspective shift that I was not quite prepared for.
how gratitude can shift your life’s perspective:
On the 1st of November, I started to sit down every night and write out 3 simple things that I was grateful for that day. I often get asked if there are prompts that I follow or if there is some guide somewhere that I learned this method from. The simple answer is “no”. I simply reflect upon my day and pick 3 things that stood out as something to be grateful for.
I will say that giving myself only ONE line for each item was purely intentional. I wanted this process to be quick and simple. No explanations or long drawn-out journal entries here… just a short and sweet log of the things that made me happy and appreciative that day.
At first, I had a hard time coming up with 3 items to write down each day. You see, I wasn’t in a gratitude mindset when I first started.
Something happened about a couple of weeks in though… My perspective shifted.
Instead of staring at my 3 blank lines not knowing what to write, I somehow just knew what to write.
You see, by logging my gratitude each day, I began looking for more things to be grateful for. I woke up wondering what things life would put in my path that day that I’d be able to include in my gratitude log that night.
I found myself on a daily search for things to be grateful for. I started to notice all of the things that I had previously been taking for granted.
That day when the weather was unseasonably warm for November? Sure, I would have noticed it before, but when that day came I was actually in awe of it. It made me so happy and appreciative.
Do you know what gratitude really does, though?
It squashes your scarcity mindset. (I wrote a bit about scarcity mindsets here)
Keeping a log of all the things you are grateful for slowly conditions your mind to believe (and rightfully so) that you actually have a LOT to be grateful for. It takes all of those negative thoughts like “I don’t have enough _____ (you fill in the blank: time, money, friends, talent, fun) and turns them into positives.
Suddenly you find yourself constantly thinking about the things that are going well in your life. Even if they are super-tiny ones like the ability to have pizza delivered when you don’t feel like cooking! ;)
So, will I be continuing this log into the future? You betcha!
This is one collection that has earned itself a permanent home in my Bullet Journal. It has shifted my perspective in a much more positive direction. It has granted me the ability to look at life with an abundance mentality, and I know that it will do the same for you!
So tell me… what are YOU grateful for? Could you spare 5 minutes to write down 3 things that you are thankful for every day? Knowing how this could change your entire perspective on life, I sure do hope you’ll give it a try.
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