We live in a world filled, too often, with negative talk and, so when we first start practising gratitude, it can be hard to think of things to be grateful for.
This is the post you can come to when you need a bit of inspiration. When writing down what you are grateful for in your gratitude journal be as specific as possible, for example: “I’m grateful that my legs are strong, and enable me to get out into nature, for long walks to clear my mind” will be much more effective than “I am grateful for my legs.”
Also elaborating in detail about a particular person or thing carries more benefits than a superficial list of many things for which you are grateful. Also think about what your life would be like without certain people or things in it, rather than just focusing on the good stuff. Be grateful that you avoided a negative outcome and don’t take good fortune for granted.
If you find yourself writing the same things that is OK but try to hone in on a different detail each time.
Below are some prompts to help you find some inspiration.
66 Reasons to be Grateful:
Animals or pets
Where you live
Things in your home
A cup of tea
Your morning coffee
Kindness shown by others
Someone showing gratitude
Being on time
Going on holiday
Being invited somewhere
Being able to go to school or home school
Someone helping you
Love that another person shows you
Being able to help others
Blankets to keep you warm
Heaters or fires
A hot shower
A bed to sleep in
Your favourite television show or movie
Doctors and nurses
Going out to dinner
Sharing a meal with people you love
A walk on the beach
Walking barefoot on grass
Sunrise or sunset
Getting out in nature
Days off work
The more you practice gratitude, the easier it gets and the by-product of this is happiness.
Gratitude can rewire your brain to think of the good in any situation. It helps you to be more resilient and improves your self-esteem whilst it can also curb depression. I can’t stress enough how important using gratitude is in your daily life. Either by saying what you are grateful for over dinner as a family, or writing in a gratitude journal.
It can change your life, it certainly changed mine.