The Practice of Gratitude

MINDSET: The Practice of Gratitude

“Gratitude is the gateway to a positive life.”

~A.D. Posey~

About a year ago I started keeping a Gratitude Journal. I really didn’t think at the time about calling it a “Gratitude Journal”, I just said that I was journaling. The funny thing is the outside of the journal actually says, “Gratitude Journal: Notice The Good In Every Day”. As I practiced daily journaling, I followed the prompts inside the journal. One page has an area for listing what you are grateful for, describing what you feel/are that day, and a doodle of the day. When I first started, I was pretty superficial with my writing, not too descriptive or in depth. The “Doodle of the Day” gave me the giggles as I am the worst in my household at drawing. And writing down descriptions of myself felt very weird to me.

When I look back at my journaling, I wrote that I was grateful for my family, for my pets, for my job. Sounds kinda normal, right? But as I look at the progression of my journaling I start seeing a shift in what I was grateful for. I start seeing how I would elaborate on WHY I was grateful. For instance, during Covid last year, one of my “gratefuls” was “Delays in Life” because it gave me time with my kids (they are both in college, so we all know that means an empty house). Those delays gave me time to exercise more, to spend more time taking care of my home, to cook healthy meals for my family. That specific delay last year also gave me one of the best accountability partners and friends that I cherish dearly.

The doodling? Well, let’s just say that started out a little rough! A lot of days were hearts, who can’t draw hearts? Then I started drawing pumpkins, coffee cups, lettering. I must say it was very therapeutic! And, it made me happy!

Gratitude, the quality of being thankful. Gratitude, readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Not sure about you, but I think the world can use a lot of kindness today. So let’s look at the practice of gratitude. Some people seem to just have it, they are thankful for anything and everything. They are people I love to be around! They find positivity in just about everything.

Practicing Gratitude is something we can do anytime of the day or anywhere. We can spend a few minutes a day either journaling, thinking, or talking gratitude. Really thinking about the good in any situation, seeing the good in a person, looking for the positive in a challenging situation. For instance, Covid last year was very challenging for many people. For myself, pre-Covid I was seriously talking about the need for more time, a break, a chance to just catch my breath! And then bam! Covid Hit- not to dismiss the seriousness of it. But, my grateful of the situation is it gave me the break in life I was needing, was wanting.