I used to have a gratitude journal. I kept it by the bed and wrote 6 things in it each night that I was thankful for.
Sometimes it was wonderful things, exciting things. Sometimes it was the smallest thing, seemingly insignificant. Somedays… it was all I could to do to find anything at all. On those days I wrote things like, “I am grateful for breathing” or “I am grateful for at least having something to eat”… (which, let’s face it… is a lot more than some people can say).
But life being what it is, I got busy, I started to forget to fill it in… and before long… it was not a part of my life anymore.
I had been thinking about starting up the tradition again. I understand what a valuable tool it can be for staying positive…. especially when life is challenging.
The plan was to find a really pretty notebook…. you know… not too girly (that’s just not me)…. but decorative enough to signify that it is something important. But I never really found anything that floated my boat. So I found an app.
Yes that’s right…. I have an iPhone app which is a Gratitude Journal. It’s BRILLIANT!! I love it. It’s so convenient because I always have my phone on me. I don’t have one more thing I need to carry around. You can customise it, add pictures, quotes….. it’s really cool.
And the best thing is…. when things get tough and the temptation is there to accept a pity party invitation…. just grab the phone, open the app, and take a look back at all the wonderful things I found to be grateful for during the past week, month etc.
It is extremely difficult to be grateful and depressed at the same time.
So try it…. even if you are not smart phone literate… do an old school gratitude journal. Once you start focusing on the all the positive things in your life, they multiply. The smiles multiply. The happiness multiplies. And before long you realise just how fortunate you truly are.