In life, it’s so easy to focus on what we don’t have, that we often forget to think of the things that we are blessed with. We forget how important the people we have are, how amazing and rich our life really is, and how much worse things could be.
My grandmother always told me, “No matter how bad you have it, someone has it worse.”
When we start focusing on the negatives instead of the positives, our entire perspective changes. Suddenly, it becomes very difficult to even find the positives in our lives. The same goes in the other direction though, when we focus on the positives instead of the negatives, everything suddenly seems brighter, and even the negatives don’t seem so bad.
A few months ago, I realized just how negative I had been. In fact, I noticed that it was even rubbing off on my children! That’s not the behaviour or mindset I wanted them to learn from me. So I made a conscious decision to change it.
I started keeping a list, which I add to daily, of all of the good things in my life. Whether it be something good that happened, a person whose been on my mind, something we did as a family, a trait I admire in my children- whatever is making me feel the most grateful at that moment. I write it down.
Eventually, I bought this cute little notebook, but prior I had a log page in my bullet journal.
Since starting, I have found myself actually being happier and more content with the things I have! And when I’m having a particularly bad day (you know, where all you want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Netflix with an entire chocolate cake..), I make myself go back and read through them!
Next step: Implement gratitude journals with my children!
Do you keep a gratitude journal?