Mindset Shift – How A Thankfulness Journal Changed My Perspective


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Mindset Shift - How A Thankfulness Journal Changed My Perspective

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.

Mindset Shift - How A Thankfulness Journal Changed My Perspective