18 days ago, I started a gratitude journal. Nothing fancy, just one of those cheapo notebooks you can get at Target for like 50 cents now that it's back to school season. And every night before bed, I jot down at least one thing that I am grateful for in my life.
I've discovered that there are so many benefits to keeping a gratitude journal. The most important being, for me, a vast improvement on my mood. No matter how tired I am, or how much of a craptastic day I had, when I put that pen to paper, I feel 100 times better just thinking about the things for which I'm grateful. Not that I've never thought about being grateful for things in my life, but I just never knew how rewarding it was to write it all down. I've taken to numbering each day's entry because I don't want to skip a day. Each and every day gives you at least ONE thing to be happy about. Even if that one thing is just being alive.
Some days I have more to say than others, but writing in my gratitude journal is a ritual that I look forward to now every night. I find myself becoming a little more conscious of my daily life and stopping to smell the roses, if you will.
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." -Marcus Tullius Cicero. What are you grateful for?