How Keeping A Gratitude Journal Can Change Your Life
Thank You - Two little words that are oh so powerful. Are you saying them often enough?
It is so easy to take everything in our lives for granted, but people who take the time to show their gratitude obtain a huge advantage in many areas of their life. Showing gratitude can:
- Increase Mental Strength
- Improve Self Esteem
- Give You Better Quality Sleep
- Increase Your Exercise Abilities
- Build Stronger Relationships
- Improve Your Health
Ways That You Can Show Your Gratitude
There are so many ways to express your gratitude. Check out the list below for simple ways you can show your appreciation and improve the quality of your life.
- Tell someone face to face how much they mean to you
- Give a beaming smile to everyone you see - it's contagious.
- Pay for the person's coffee who's behind you in the line
- Take that coat or jacket you never wear and give it to someone on the street
- Open a door for someone
- Give genuine compliments to those you hardly know.
- Share enlightening articles with people you know could use them.
- Tell your friends and loved ones you're there if they have anything they want to talk about - and let them know they have your full attention
- Give an anonymous donation of whatever you can afford.
- If someone challenges you thank them for introducing you to a new way to look at things, even if you still don't agree.
- Exhibit patience, even if you're in a hurry.
- Be the calm, light voice in a stressful situation.
- Remember the little things can make a big difference!
If you can show the world that you’re grateful, the world will keep giving you opportunities and information to help you be successful. It sounds hokey, like some sort of new age philosophy, but it truly is the way this thing works and if you talk to anyone who has achieved a decent level of success they will tell you that positive attitude, gratefulness and a willingness to learn are all keys to success.
If you are still struggling with gratitude, this TEDx video will help. It has stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, and serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
To help you get started I have put together a gratitude journal for you that will guide you through a week of gratitude. Once you get into the habit of practicing gratitude daily I can promise you, you will not want to stop. Life will become that much brighter!
Click on the picture or text below to open the PDF. You can save it to your computer by right clicking and choosing 'save as'