The Power Of Gratitude
Hi Friends! Something new we wanted to start doing on the blog each month is sharing one Positivity Practice that Jake and I have tried and loved! It is important to us to try things before we recommend them. We feel that is one of the only ways we can genuinely share our experiences. I have always believed in being grateful, but documenting it for me these past 9 months has been really eye opening!
Showing gratitude can help boost your mood, help you find more ways be grateful, and be happy with where you are and what you have.
There are many ways to share gratitude or practice gratitude, but today I wanted to share 1 easy way that can be incorporated into your daily routine.
Today’s positivity practice we wanted to share with you all is keeping a gratitude journal. This is something I always wanted to do but never did until last July. It has been 9 months of having a gratitude journal and I have loved it so much! I look forward to writing in it every day. The thing I love about having a gratitude journal is it is yours! It can be as simple or complex as you want. Starting off I would recommend keeping it simple. At the end of the day write in a notebook 2 things you are grateful for that day. It can be something simple like a pretty blue sky. Or you could elaborate more on why that pretty blue sky made you smile today. You could even get your entire family in on the fun and invite them to do the same. Keep your notebook where you will see it each day and remind you to write in it.
My favorite part about having a gratitude journal is looking back at and reading little entries in it I wrote. Since we started our gratitude journals we have done IVF, got pregnant, found out we were having Twins, celebrated the loss of loved ones, went from summer to winter and now spring. It’s fun to see the little things that have brought us joy during these exciting times.
Today we wanted to challenge you to start a gratitude journal if you do not have one. If you have one, we challenge you to keep up with it! Finding ways to be grateful really enhances our lives for the better.
One of our favorite talks we have ever heard on gratitude is by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He said, “When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief we can still lift up our hearts in praise.” … It is a gratitude that heals the heart and expands the mind.” If you want to listen or read his talk, you can find it here. Its really a great one!