Gratitude is Good for Your Health.
I’ve known that for years. I follow Positive Psychology and love the research coming out of the field, linking gratitude to both physical and mental wellbeing.
Up until recently though, I tried keeping a gratitude journal only to drop the habit when life got busy. Part of the work I’m doing with a coach has helped me really understand the power of gratitude at a deep level.
I’m happy to report that my gratitude exercise is now a healthy habit! I’ve consistently written what I’m grateful for, my current and future realities, for months now.
I feel more alive than ever. I know my purpose and I’m living it. I’m receiving abundance in everything good. I am more content with myself and can easily kick my negative self-talk to the curb.
To say this exercise has been transformative is an understatement.
Challenge yourself to 30-days of writing down what you’re grateful for. Here’s the easy three step exercise I follow. When I write my gratitudes, I start the top of the page with “I’m so happy and grateful now that…”
- Get up 15 minutes earlier.
- Grab a journal and a pen.
- Tune into your breathing. Take a few deep breaths and clear your mind.
Step 2: Write down at least 10 things you’re grateful for.
- 3-4 that already exist in your life.
- 3-4 that you want in your life – write in the Present tense as if they’re already in your possession.
- 3-4 annoyances or frustrations that you change your perspective on. Turn them into a positive or look internally to see how the issue is actually about your own mindset.
- Re-read your list and say it out loud. This part helps lock in your gratitude and healthy mindset, giving you a big boost for the day.
Please share in the comments if you are currently using this gratitude practice or a different one. If this is a practice you’d like to make a habit, commit to the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge below and watch your life improve right before your eyes!
I’m so happy and grateful that you read this post today! 🙂