September 21, 2017 – World Gratitude Day
Three years ago my wife (girlfriend at the time) bought me a gratitude journal. At the time I had read about gratitude from multiple people but I hadn’t ever worked on it as a daily practice. After working on it off and on over the past few years I can say that I definitely feel more positive, happier, and less stressed when I work on gratitude daily.
I’ve experimented with practicing gratitude in the morning or in the evening and have personally found it most helpful in the morning.
My current practice is each morning I write down 3 “wins” from the previous day, 3 things I’m grateful for, and 3 things I’m looking forward to during the current day. Some of the same things may come up over the course of the month, but I write them down anyways.
I find that this frames my day well and starts it off on a positive note. Doing this regularly helps me find the best parts of tough situations and go into the day with a positive and optimistic mindset.
To celebrate World Gratitude Day I encourage you to find your own way to implement gratitude. It can be as simple as thinking about 1-5 things you’re grateful for first thing in the morning, or involve writing as many or as few things as you want like I described above. As with any new habit, start small and aim for consistency, then build on it overtime.
What is something you’re grateful for? Let me know below.