The importance of daily gratitude cannot be encouraged enough. It is actually quite an easy routine to get into and has so many positive benefits associated with it. Our brains seems to be wired to focus on negative thoughts so we need to rewire it to establish a positive mindset. Cultivating a daily gratitude practice is easier than you think.
This app is one of my most favorite apps on my phone. It has 3 spaces for each day where you write 3 things your grateful for or 3 things that make you happy or 3 things that are going well. You get the idea….3 positive things in your life. It reminds you to write each day and then it keeps track of the days you’ve written on it. You can then go back and see all the wonderful positives you have in your life. It mentions that it takes 21 days to change your mindset to focus on positives. Remember it’s not the big things in life, it is the little things that add up to a happier, more fulfilled life.
I have a obsession with pretty journals. When I see them, I must buy them even when I don’t really need them. I do love to write so they are eventually put to use. One great use is to use one as a gratitude journal. Write down 3-5 things you are grateful for, that make you happy, that you smile about, etc. before you go to bed at night. Again, you have a record of the positives in your life that you can refer to again and again. You can get journals online, in the Target Dollar Spot or, my favorite place, TJ Maxx. I find a great selection at TJ Maxx; they are beautiful and quite inexpensive.
My favorite meditation guru is Rebekah Borucki from Bexlife. She has simple, inspiring, short meditations that are so enlightening and make my soul so calm and happy. Below is a meditation that she labeled Meditation for Gratitude and Happiness…enjoy.