Gratitude creates happiness in our lives.
It can benefit us in several areas of our lives including physical, mentally, and socially.
It can create stronger immune systems, higher levels of positive emotions and help us be more generous and compassionate.
Practicing gratitude can be as simple as thinking about one thing you are grateful for each day. Or it can more complex where you take some time to fully write about what you are grateful for in a journal.
Ways to Practice Gratitude
There a few different ways you can practice gratitude
- Write in a journal
- Write a letter or a note to someone
- Take some time to look in the mirror and appreciate yourself
- Thank people in your life either mentally or in-person
- Take some time to meditate
These are just some simple ways to bring more gratitude into your life on a daily basis.
My favorite way to practice gratitude is by journaling. I have THIS journal that I try to use daily. Or you can just use a general journal to write whatever you like.
Journal Prompts for Gratitude
Here are a few journal prompts for gratitude that can help you get started.
- Write a list of things you are grateful for.
- Write about the people in your life that you are grateful for.
- What is your favorite physical attribute about yourself?
- Write about your favorite place.
- Write about a family member that you appreciate.
- Write about something you have done that made you proud.
- What are your top three favorite things in your life?
- What is your favorite part of the day?
- Write a letter to someone you respect. You don’t have to actually send it.
- What is your favorite book and why?
These prompts can help you open yourself to gratitude and get you thinking about the things that you appreciate in life.
Sometimes it can be difficult to think of things to be grateful for. Especially if we are in a slump of depression or anger.
I usually start by listing my family, my friends, and my pets. Those are always going to be things I am grateful for.
Then I will start listing basic necessities like my home, running water, food on the table, money in the bank.
Then I try to look around me or think of my daily activities and come up with some more ideas of things I am grateful for like my book collection, my art, the ability to do fun things.
Things to Be Grateful For
Here is a list of some things that you may be grateful for to help you get started.
- Quality family or friend time
- Your bed
- A good book
- Favorite tv show
- The sun
- Beautiful weather
- Support from loved ones
- Your favorite celebrity or influencer
Pick a few to write down everyday and come up with your own list that fits you and your life.
Try to keep a list somewhere that you can look at it frequently, especially when you are feeling down.
Having this list to go back to will help you remember that you have so many things to be grateful for in life.
Have fun writing this list and doing some journaling. You will find that the more you practice gratitude, the easier it will come to you and the happier you will feel.