My mom and I started a “Gratitude Journal” on a daily basis and the idea is that we email each other three things that we are thankful for that day. So I email her three things I am grateful for and she replies with her three things. They aren’t always deep, meaningful and moving things, they can be simple things that made your day. For example, today I was thankful for Starbucks coffee, the beautiful weather and my family. We try to pick positive things that get us through the day. Some days, it is very hard to think of things and on those days I look around; what do I have that others don’t, those are the things we really need to be thankful for. I am learning to count my blessings on a daily basis, and to be thankful and happy with what I have.
Before we started this, I used to complain all the time, about the smallest, silliest things. It was common for my mom and I to complain on the phone for hours and we got sick of it. So during our weekly yoga class, our instructor mentioned this idea and we wanted to give it a try. Now, a few months later, my mom and I have found that when we are thankful, it changes our outlook on life, even if it is in the smallest way. We have so much and don’t appreciate what we have, we just focus on what we want. By appreciating what you do have, you will notice a positive change in how you feel.
Now it is your turn, you can start a Gratitude Journal yourself. Maybe write your three things in a notebook before you go to bed, or think of your three things while getting ready in the morning. I am very forgetful, so I included my mom, that way when one of us forgets, the other usually remembers. Try not to repeat things because then it won’t have the full effect. If you are struggling with it, email me and we can do one together!
Sarah Zimmer believes in “A Beautiful Me®” and works to give every baby a healthy start as the Community Director at the March of Dimes, Port Huron, Michigan. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to start a Gratitude Journal with her.