For a long time, I’ve struggled to grasp the concept of ‘gratitude’ and how it impacts our well-being.
About a month ago, I decided on a whim that I am going to give this a shot. I created a simple ‘Gratitude Journal’ page on my Notion Workspace.
Contrary to what a lot of books and articles suggest, I decided against writing three (or five) things I am grateful for each day. Instead promised myself I would write ONE thing I am grateful for.
I am an ardent follower of the theory of ‘tiny steps leading to big changes’. It felt manageable and required little to no effort daily. It wasn’t intimidating because I had to write one sentence each day.
I took a step ahead and created a ‘Happiness Meter’ with each day’s gratitude on my digital journal. Sounds fancy, but in reality it is a rating of how happy I felt each day on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being very happy.
It has been almost 1.5 months now. I’ve begun to realise that this actually works so well! There has been a slight shift in my mindset after starting the practice.
We feel that nothing is going right in our lives. At any given time, everyone faces their unique set of obstacles and problems. Giving thanks encourages us to take a closer look at our life and appreciate what we have.
It can be as simple as being grateful for food, shelter, water, family, friends, your work.
However, I take a somewhat different approach. I prefer to reflect about my entire day. Then, on that particular day, find one moment or thing that I consider to be a blessing. As a result, my mind makes an effort to think about and notice the smaller, more beautiful components of my life.
With repeated practice, I feel happier. It has also made me more compassionate and empathetic towards people. Being kind to ourselves is something we keep hearing about everywhere. But it is important that you look at the people in your life and be kind to them too.
Browse the internet about gratitude journaling. You’ll find so many stories of how it has changed people’s lives for the better. The sky is the limit for you! You can let your mind loose and express your gratitude in creative ways.
You could capture a beautiful picture. Write a letter to a loved one (or to yourself!). Collect quotes that make you feel great. Appreciate your own efforts. It can be anything.
If you’re having trouble thinking, search for ‘Gratitude Challenges’ on the internet. Each day has a prompt, and all you have to do is answer it. It’s as simple as that.
Whatever way you choose to do, it is bound to make a positive difference in your life.
I’m still a beginner, but I’m delighted I decided to trust this approach. I only hope that this habit becomes a permanent part of my life.
I appreciate all of my readers taking the time to read my blogs. I’ve improved my ability to convey my thoughts and emotions, as a result.
Until next time, stay blessed, and stay safe!