How To Be More Grateful (And Why You Should Be)

January 7, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Gratitude is powerful medicine.

This short article from Mind Fuel Daily tells you it can strengthen your immune system, reduce anxiety, and improve your outlook and relationships. That’s the Why part of their article.

For the How part, I have found that keeping a Gratitude Journal is the best way to generate and grow gratitude. Many years ago, I was introduced to the practice by Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance. Since then, I have read of many approaches to the Gratitude Journal, but Sarah’s is still my favorite:

  • Keep a journal and a pen on your bedside table, dedicated to recording gratitude.
  • Every night just before going to sleep, write down 5 things about that day you’re grateful for–no matter what else happened. And no mixing in complaining.

It’s that simple.

The reason for doing this right before sleep is that you take the positive thoughts into your subconscious, where they begin to create new neural pathways that look for and expect good things to happen.  And the reason for keeping the journal instead of just thinking of positive events of the day, is that you are creating a precious record of the best moments of your life, moments that may otherwise be lost in the chaos of difficult events or circumstances, or just busy-ness. Re-reading this journal every now and then can be a powerful reminder of the abundance you have in your life.