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I began writing a thankfulness journal not too long ago after a friend of mine was talking about how she started writing down what she was thankful for every day. See, at the time that I was talking to her I was in a pretty woe is me state of mind.
I have to be honest, there are a lot of things that I want in life that I don’t have.
It’s easy for me to look at others and wonder where I went wrong. Like somehow everyone else seemed to get the memo about life and I was absent that day.
And it’s completely true what they say – comparison is the thief of joy. I was letting the fact that I didn’t have what I thought I should have ruin my day. And that is no way to live.
So, I started writing in a thankfulness journal.
And almost immediately my mindset started to shift. I notice a difference in the days when I begin writing in my thankfulness journal and the days that I don’t.
Some days I am thankful for so many things. Other days, the days that are harder I a simply thankful to be breathing. I’ve learned that it’s okay for me to have a hard time being thankful. I’m human. I’m not perfect.
I’m just trying to be a better version of myself than I was yesterday.
If you’re thinking about starting a thankfulness journal it’s actually quite easy! You don’t need a fancy journal or a specific type of prompt. I have a notepad that I keep and simply write down a few things that I’m thankful for.
I try to write in the morning – but whatever time works best for you is what you should do.
I’ve also found that the more I write the easier it becomes to be more specific. For example, in the beginning I would write down that I was thankful for my children. As time went on I became more intentional – I’m thankful for my son’s quirky smile. I’m thankful for my son who still runs like he’s a superhero.
I can’t wait to look back on my thankfulness journal when I get older. I know it will not only help me remember that stage of life, but it will also remind me of how far I’ve come and how much I truly have to be thankful for.