While Thanksgiving has come and gone, let’s not forget its spirit: gratitude. I don’t reflect on all the good in my life one day per year and you probably don't either. We could (and should!) all work to incorporate an attitude of gratitude into our daily lives and, let’s be honest, some days it will be a hard won battle. Practicing gratitude has so many benefits that will affect your life and the lives around you. It may be hard at first, but it's actually a skill you can hone. The better you get at cultivating gratitude, the better the rewards. In fact, it's been proven that practicing gratitude increases your happiness, reduces anxiety, helps you sleep better, supports your immune system, and strengthens your relationships, among many other positive things!
I always aim for finding at least one thing, big or small (it’s usually small), for which I am grateful but sometimes a day has more to give! I keep a gratitude log in my planner and these are the things I wrote down today:
- waking up early to watch the sunrise
- hearing a favorite song on the radio
- stopping by one of my favorite bakeries (mmm cinnamon roll)
If you want to join me in cultivating gratitude and need help getting started, check out these notebooks and pens -- all great for keeping your thoughts of gratitude in one place and all available on Amazon. (I currently use the Leuchtturm 1917 and Sharpie pens.)
How do you like to acknowledge the good in your life?