When’s the last time you gave thanks? We all know that having a positive mindset and being optimistic can do wonders for our health, mentally and physically, but it can sometimes be hard to prioritise when the ups and downs of life gets in the way. There is now scientific evidence that giving thanks and practising gratitude produces health benefits. It improves our relationships, emotions, personality, and career.
A solution to making sure you keep on top of consistently giving thanks and reminding yourself what you’re grateful for is to keep a gratitude journal. Keeping a gratitude journal is probably the most effective strategy for increasing your level of gratitude. Set aside time daily to record about three to five things that you are grateful for. You can write when you get up or at the end of the day. Pick a time that you will consistently have available. You can use a book like the Journal of Gratitude or even use loose leaf. The important thing is to establish the daily practice of paying attention to gratitude-inspiring events and to write them down.
You’ll be surprised at how quickly your perspective changes.