Something I started doing earlier this year was to create a gratitude journal. It sounds fancy but basically, it’s just a notebook where every night before I go to sleep, I write down 5 things I am grateful for. It’s honestly a great way to boost your mood before you go to sleep.
There are so many benefits to practicing gratitude and if you are feeling a bit stuck at the moment it’s a great place to start! Did you know that gratitude has plenty of benefits on the brain such as decreased stress, increase in positive emotions – if you feel good then it’s going to have a knock-on effect in other areas of life right? Yes, right!
Practicing gratitude is also a key ingredient when it comes to the world of manifestation. I for one am a firm believer in manifestation and the universal law of attraction – by focusing on the things you are grateful for in life it creates a positive mindset and a state of abundance, rather than having us focus on the lack of things!
“A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles!”
If you are feeling skeptical then all I ask is you try out this practice for 1 month, it will take no more than 5 minutes of your time and you will honestly feel better for it. If you notice a difference (which I’m sure you will) then keep going. In fact, I am such a believer in gratitude that I’ve created a fun gratitude worksheet, that you can download and use as a guide. I’ve also included some steps below if you’re new to the world of gratitude.
Every night before you go to sleep, write down 5 things you are grateful for – it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant it can include things we take for granted like access to the internet, having fresh air!
Once you’ve written down 5 things you are grateful for then another way to expand on the practice, and what I’ve included on my worksheet, is to write down something you learned – perhaps you did something and it didn’t go right then look at what you can do to improve and view it as a learning opportunity. Or maybe you learned a new skill – write it down!
Another point to think of is something you did that you are proud of or something you’re just proud of yourself for in the past – perhaps you helped your neighbor out or presented a presentation at work confidently – again it can be anything! We get so caught up in life that we forget to see how far we’ve come and this is a simple way to remind yourself of everything you’ve achieved…again it will boost your mood.
Finally, I feel it’s important to write down things you are looking forward to. Maybe you’re working on growing your business, meeting some friends, going to a museum, or reading a new book – whatever excites you, put it down.
So yep, this is just a quick and easy way to bring some magic of gratitude into your life. Try it out and let me know how you get on.