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How a Gratitude Practice Can Change Your Life



Gratitude is one of those words that gets tossed around pretty lightly. Due to this it can border toxic positivity. So, let’s explore here what it actually means to practice gratitude. It is not saying to put a positive spin on your turmoil, but rather practice mindfulness and acceptance of what is presented in front of you. It helps you hold space for ups and downs in a non-judgmental state. This powerful tool, when used appropriately and consistently has the power to change your life, so let’s dive in further to how you can incorporate gratitude for a positive shift.  


What is Gratitude

Simply stated, gratitude is the act of being grateful for what you have. This has a broad range that can encapsulate people, moments, personal growth, events and more. This can be big or small, like a relationship, cup of tea, a beautiful sunset, or trying something new.


Proven Benefits of a Regular Gratitude Practice

Research studies have proven that daily gratitude and journaling practices are associated with a variety of mental and physical benefits, including, but not limited to:

  • Lowered stress levels

  • Improved sleep

  • Increased energy

  • Mood elevation

  • Help you feel more positive when faced with challenges

By investing 5 minutes per day - a few minutes in the morning and a few in the evening - you’ll reap the benefits of a daily gratitude practice.


How to Practice Gratitude

The key is consistency and finding what works for you. The notion of following your intuition does not come easy for all, so modalities like guided journals and prompts can get that inspiration flowing.


Below are some simple tips to get you started:

  1. Set a routine

  2. Journal

  3. Create a photo album

  4. Reflect

Finding positives in your day can be very challenging at times, which is another reason why a guided gratitude journal can help. Gratitude journals often provide motivation, prompts, and loving guidance.


Try it Today

If you are one of those people who have heard of gratitude but haven’t committed to implementing it into your regular routine, take this as your sign to give it a try today.


If you are looking for a peaceful journal as your guide, I wrote ‘Gratitude: 90 Days of Journaling to Deepen Your Appreciation and Connection with Yourself, Others & The World Around You.’ This gratitude journal is a simple yet powerful tool to practice gratitude and mindfulness, full of writing prompts, affirmations, mood and energy trackers, reflections and quotes. It is intentionally black and white so that you can color it in and make it your own. There is ample space for reflection and creation, along with prompts and affirmations to guide you as well. This journal is the perfect fit for you or a loved one to begin their gratitude practice and journey towards more peace and joy.

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