No doubt you’ve heard this saying many times before, but I truly believe an attitude of gratitude can have a truly positive effect on your life.
What is an attitude of gratitude?
To me, it means creating and practising new habits of expressing appreciation. This appreciation should be shown for all parts of your life and the privileges that you have, that often we take for granted. For example, have you ever thought of how lucky you are to have electricity, clean running water that not only comes out cold but hot from your taps?
There are many ways you can build a practice of gratitude into your life but two ways I like to use are a gratitude diary and / or a gratitude jar. Here's how to use them.
The first thing you will need if you are going to start a gratitude diary is a notebook. Anyone who knows me knows, I'm an absolute stationary fiend! I LOVE stationery. Here are some of my favourite note books at the moment:
She's Lost Control - Alpine Notebook - By Pelham Goods - £15.00
A handmade notebook designed, printed and assembled by two artists (Alejandro + Flavia) in Santiago, Chile. The cover is printed with high-quality ink on recycled cardboard.
French ruled paper
House of Hackney - Hackney Empire A5 Hardback Notebook - Midnight Stripe - £18.00
Hardback fabric-covered A5 notebook in the popular 'Hackney Empire' print featuring a carnival of animal characters. This notebook contains ruled, premium ivory tinted paper, with a gold ribbon page divider.
Papier - Acrobats by Carolyn Suzuki Studio - Lined Notebook
This A5 notebook can be personalised! The 37 leaves of warm white, lined paper (74 sides) and soft covers in a matt, egg shell finish could have your name written all over them, literally.
Paperchase- Agenzio peach soft small ruled notebook - £8.00
This seriously stylish notebook will get you some designer kudos when you slip it from your bag and start scribbling. From Paperchase's Agenzio collection, it has a soft, leather-look cover in peach, an elastic closure to hold it shut and contains 120 sheets (240 pages) of crisp, ruled ivory paper.
Once you have chosen an awesome notebook and the perfect pen, you're ready to get started!
All you need to do is this, before bed each night make a list of 10 things you are grateful for. That's it. Simple huh?!
Here are some examples from my gratitude diary:
Today I am grateful for:
Fresh air in my lungs
My supportive family
My awesome friends
My cute little nephew and his chubby cheeks
The ability to help others through teaching
The delicious Pho I just had!
Epsom salt baths
Keeping a gratitude jar works in a similar way, however, this method may be better for you if you find it hard to do something like journal every day.
With a gratitude jar, you can simply write down things you are grateful for onto slips of paper and then fold them and place then in the jar. The great thing about this method is you can see your jar filling up day by day, which will help increase feelings of positivity. Also when you're having a low day you can dip your hand in your jar and pull out one of your gratitude memories for an instant gratidutude boost.
Try it and let me know how you get on!