Why I’m keeping a gratitude diary
A few years ago, I kept a daily gratitude diary. I started every day writing the top ten things I felt grateful for that morning and the reasons why. It changed my thinking completely: I stopped caring about the small things and focused on all the great things around me. I felt happier, my relationships were better and I was more energised. Life started to feel easier and I noticed how many more good things came my way.
However, life got busy, I started to lose momentum and my practice slipped. For a long time, I’ve been trying to get back into it and finding it challenging. I always found a hundred excuses to not keep it going: I didn’t have enough time, I was tired, I didn’t have a pen…
In short, I started to feel ungrateful about showing gratitude.
Pause to show gratitude throughout the day
I still feel starting the day writing my gratitude diary works well for me because it sets my mood for the day. However, I feel I need to take it one step further. I picked up a great tip from Oprah’s Super Soul podcast which is to make sure you pause and show gratitude at least a few times throughout the day.
This makes complete sense to me. My gratitude practice needs to develop from a list written hurriedly on a commuter train to being part of who I am. At least three times a day, I’m going to stop what I’m doing, be in the moment and reflect on all I have to feel grateful for.