The simple act of writing a gratitude list each day helps people to feel more positive, improves mindset and wellbeing, and brings more joy to life. Positive psychology research from Harvard demonstrated that “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness”.
Taking time each day to stop, observe, and write out 3 things that you’re grateful for will help your mind to focus on feelings of joy, peace, compassion, love, and forgiveness. When you write a gratitude list every day, you invite more of what you’re grateful for into your life, and you become more aware of the good and the beautiful around you.
Where do you begin?
- Some people choose to start their day with their list, while others end their day with it. Experiment with both, and see which feels more beneficial for you.
- Get a special journal that you keep just for your gratitude list. Handwriting your list, rather than typing it on a computer, tells your brain to pay attention.
- It takes a minimum of 21 days to create a habit, and over two months for that habit to become automatic. In other words, get started, and keep going!
The thoughts in your head are often on repeat from your subconscious mind. Keeping your focus on gratitude will help you to maximize the good in your life and invite more in!