I think it is important for everyone to establish a gratitude practice and have something to pick up and reflect on on those tough days.
I recently pulled out al my vintage anagrams to put together a new gratitude journal for myself, and I thought I would share some of the ideas I have for my personal gratitude practice.
Every day of the week focuses on a different topic or question, and then has some expanded journaling. Below is the outline of what I do for each week, with examples.
Day 1: Monday: My favorite thing from the weekend, and three reasons why. Example: The weather being beautiful, because:
- I got to visit with friends outdoors to stay safe durning the pandemic
- I got to get some sun!
- I was able to exercise outside instead of inside for a nice change
Day 2:Tuesday: Two things about yourself, and why you are grateful for it today in particular Example:
- My sense of humor because I was able to make a friend who was low in spirits smile and laugh
- Being both creative and organized because I was able to finish the first draft of my upcoming guided journal book even when I ran into some problems I was able to overcome
Day 3:Wednesday: Three things you take for granted and why Example:
- Having a car: I had so many errands this week that using public transportation or walking would have been difficult and time consuming
- Air conditioning: Our AC broke and having a night without it was miserably hot.
- Running water: Cold showers were a life saver with the AC out!
Day 4:Thursday: Four things in your home, noting the reasons why Example:
- The pillows on the sofa because they are so cozy and comfortable, I love having them around me
- Our plants, because even on gloomy days they brighten up the space
- The heart doormat at the front door, makes me smile every time I walk in
- My pen drawer. It always has the perfect pen I need as I need it for each project I work on
Day 5:Friday: Five people you encountered this week that made your week a little better Example:
- Andrea, who sent me an encouraging message after a rough day
- The maintenance man who came to fix the air conditioning
- My editor for encouraging me and enjoying the project
- Sean for tolerating my crankiness from being so hot while the AC has been out
- Myself, for having a positive attitude durning a negative situation
Day 6:Saturday: Six acts of service (for you or by you) Example:
- Sean cooking me my favorite meal
- Cheering up a coworker with a sweet surprise I knew would make her day easier
- Helping a friends’ son with a school project
- My boss helping me meet a deadline at work
- The grocery store clerk for seeing something damaged and having a replacement brought to me
- For the woman at the postoffice who held the door for me while keeping proper social distance
Day 7:Sunday: Seven things that didn’t fit into any category for the week. Or things from any days category. Or a mix of both! Example: Anything goes here! So no need for an example.
If there is something I am grateful for that does not fall into a category on a specific day, I still add it! The guidelines above are the minimum I try to write down, but there are always a little thing or two to add that falls outside of the parameters.
And that’s it! I find that it really helps my overall mood to do this daily, and to remind me to be happy with all that I have in a world where it is easy to constantly get caught up in wanting more.
I would love to hear how you practice gratitude and any ideas and suggestions you may have!