Here’s how keeping a Gratitude Journal helped me cultivate positivity…
How I thought about it?
Up until now, before every new year I used to sit down and create a lengthy list of resolutions, which, by the way I never followed through. This became a sort of a customary annual practise that always failed. After having had a terrible year, I decided not to list down any resolutions for the new year. Instead, I came up with a better idea- a gratitude diary. For starters, I bought a classy annual planner for 2017! Then I made a promise to myself to scribble down at least one thing that I am grateful for at the end of every single day. I thought to myself, how hard could that possibly be?
I started writing….
The year didn’t begin on the best note, yet everyday I managed to find things to be thankful for.. Although some days, I did actually struggle to think of a single thing that I could be grateful for (because just like everyone else, I have bad days as well). On such days, I felt happy to just know that at the end of the day, I have a loving family and my health is in tact.
…And my life started changing.
By just putting my thoughts into words and trying to find the silver lining at the end of each day, I started becoming a more and more positive person ( which I’m naturally not). I was surprised to even see how on some days, I had a lot many things to be thankful for- ranging from small gestures by people around me and the little things like the smell of rain, Ed Sheeran’s new song or a festive cup of Starbucks coffee. I could fill an entire page on such days and it made me incredibly happy. They say “be grateful for what you have and you will attract more good things into your life.”
Having maintained a gratitude diary for a over a month, I can certainly say that this simple habit has initiated a slow, yet very positive change in my attitude and my overall life. This positivity is slowly reflecting in different spheres of my life from getting a night of sound sleep to feeling more grounded and patient through the day. Don’t get me wrong, my gratitude diary isn’t a magic wand that has freed me of my life’s troubles and the general ups and downs. Instead, it has just given me a reason to continue fighting them with a new filled enthusiasm every morning. The more I write, I learn that I have a lot to be thankful for. One day of severe headache and flu or a single instance of a terrible fight with your sibling has the power to destroy one’s physical and mental peace. So at the end of the day, if I’m surrounded with good hearted people, and I have the wealth of health, I believe that I am truly blessed. Thank you gratitude dairy, for teaching me so much. I promise to always keep you close.