My gratitude practice consists of me reviewing the day briefly and saying to myself ‘this is what I am thankful for today’.
I’m experimenting (yes, again) with a gratitude journal and I find it’s a better idea to be specific.
I Am Thankful For Today
So in the past when I wrote what I am thankful for, I would write:
- My husband
Now I include more details.
- My husband
- He gets me and understands what I have been going through in the past few months
- He does so much around the home, making my life so much easier
- Even when he’s upset with me, most times it’s because I’ve allowed myself to be taken advantage of
- He gives me the freedom to be me – no pretenses
As I read more on gratitude practices, I realized that being more specific and including more details increases the impact of the practice.
Rick Hanson, psychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain, put it, “Really savor this positive experience. Practice what any school teacher knows: If you want to help people learn something, make it as intense as possible—in this case, as felt in the body as possible—for as long as possible.”
A good gratitude practice must be much more than writing a list every day. It means spending some time allowing gratitude to flood you – until it soaks into your skin – and becomes part of your outlook in life. Gratitude moves beyond being a mere list.
Try this out. Journal about a few things you are grateful for, but take time to identify and write down the reasons why you are grateful for each.
What are you grateful for today?
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