What is it?
One of the simplest, but very effective ways of changing your mindset from one of scarcity and negativity, is to start writing in a gratitude diary.
This is so simple. It costs nothing but your time and is wonderful in helping us to think more positively and to start raising our mood.
By writing in our gratitude diary, we are reframing our thoughts from ones of what we do not have, cannot achieve, etc to focusing on what we already have to be grateful about.
By focussing on what we already have, rather than what we do not have in our lives, we begin to show our appreciation for our current wealth and position. When we constantly focus on what we do not have yet, what we have not achieved in our lives this can begin a spiral of anxiety and doubt. Recognise this? This is why writing out thoughts in a gratitude diary can be very powerful and brings a calmness into our lives.
What are the benefits?
The benefits of writing in your gratitude diary
1. Lower stress levels.
2. Feeling calm at night.
3. Gaining a new perspective of what is important to you and what you truly appreciate in your life.
4. By noting what you are grateful for, you will gain clarity on what you want to have more of in your life, and what you can cut from your life.
5. Focusing on what really matters.
14 Health Benefits of Practicing Gratitude According to Science (positivepsychology.com)
As you can see, the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal go a long way!
How do I begin?
All you need is a notebook or diary. I continue to use the electronic version with the Ultimate Success Masterclass online programme which I still use regularly to this day.
At the end of the day, or just whenever you have to time to stop and think about all that you have in your life to be grateful for.
Count your blessings, what are you grateful for? What are you good at?
- I am grateful for my health and the continued good health of my family
- I am grateful for my home where I can keep safe and warm each night
- I am grateful for my grand-children who bring me so much joy
- I am grateful for the soft sand and the sound of the waves on the beach where we walk the dog each Sunday
- I am grateful for all the lessons I have learned along my journey and my ability to continue to learn new things to help me move forward.
- I am grateful for nature in all its glory and the joy a walk out in the countryside brings.
Return to your diary each day and begin to notice what you have to be grateful for in each day of your life. You will begin to list very simple things. Because you will start to think about what if this did not exist or I did not have access to it? Like clean running water, clear air to breath every day, electricity in my house, the internet!
- Read out your previous list and add to it new entries
- Watch how you will begin to feel more positive
- You might even smile without realising it
Today I remember to be grateful
Another resource for helping with moving from a place of want to gratitude is to
Listen to Deepak Chopra’s Meditation
- “Today I remember to be grateful”.
- Download Deepak Chopra’s meditation
- This will make you more aware of the power of gratitude to expecting and receiving abundance.