Have you ever heard of a gratitude list or a gratitude journal? They are like a diary where you record all the things you are grateful for, the things you have to feel positive about, or even what you want to give thanks for.
Keeping a gratitude journal or writing a gratitude list is a great way to help you relax, promote positive thinking, and helps you learn to appreciate everything you have in your life.
This all sounds great, but how do you write a gratitude list? Here are my top tips:
Buy some nice new pens and a gratitude journal. Alternatively, you could just buy a new notebook which you use purely for your gratitude journal.
Personalise your journal. You could do this by drawing pictures in it, writing down some positive quotes and affirmations, or anything else you feel like doing. Make it your own so you feel connected to the journal and want to write in it regularly.
Before writing in your journal, sit down comfortably in a quiet room and take a few deep breaths in and out until you feel relaxed.
Think about the things you feel grateful for and write them down. They can be as basic or descriptive as you like. Keep it short and punchy, or write a really descriptive paragraph.
Keep It Simple
Use bullet points or numbered lists for each new entry. This will make it easier for you to read back over.
Keep To A Routine
Try to keep to a routine of when you will write in your journal. You could do it every morning when you wake up, or every evening before bed. Maybe you’d rather write in it on a weekly basis. Whatever routine works for you is best. If you find yourself struggling to stick to the routine of physically writing in your journal, maybe you could write your list on your phone or computer instead.
Do It Your Way
How you set out your list is up to you. You could continue on from where you left the last list or write a new list each time. Maybe you’d prefer to separate your lists into weeks or months. Again, whatever works for you is the best way.
When you have finished your list, take time to read over it. Reflect, on what you have written and truly appreciate everything you have.
So those were my top tips writing a gratitude list. I have found the process of writing my own gratitude list really therapeutic so I intend to write them regularly. They are particularly useful when you feel low, as they provide a much needed pick me up.
Do you keep a gratitude journal or write a gratitude list? Are they a good way of expressing gratitude and promoting positive thinking? Do you have any more tips or suggestions on how to write them? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
If you want to read my gratitude list series you can find it here.