The definition of gratitude is”the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation.”
Gratitude can be shown in a multitude of ways; from a simple thank you to telling someone how much you appreciate them or being of service to others.
One way I express my gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. I have a spiral notebook and almost every day (sometimes, I forget…just being honest here)…I take out that notebook and write the letters of the alphabet in a list down the sheet of paper.
Next, I think about things or people I’m grateful for and list them alphabetically. For instance:
E, F, G and so on until I reach Z, which is hard, but I am grateful for zebras, because they’re interestingly beautiful, so the first “Z” isn’t so difficult.
My gratitude list does several important things; it helps clear my mind of negative thoughts, calms my anxiety and helps with my depression when I read the things I’ve written for which I am thankful.
For “gratitude on the go,” I carry a notepad or a small journal in my purse. When I’m waiting patiently for a doctor’s appointment or in a stressful situation with time on my hands, I pull out my notepad and begin writing.
This is helpful as it gives me something I can physically see and touch, keeps my mind busy and my thoughts distracted from anything other than gratefulness.
Keeping an alphabetic daily journal of gratitude is a great way to end, start or get through your day, relieve stress and is a gentle reminder that there is always, always something to be thankful for.
That’s all for today. Thanks for taking the time to visit and read. See, I’ve got my “B” and “R” for today…”Blog” and “Readers!”
What are your thoughts on this practice of thankfulness? Leave a comment and let me know.