Gratitude journaling comes in many forms, from stream-of-consciousness ramblings to structured bullet-journal spreads to simple list making. But if you don't know where to start, it can be difficult to find motivation.
Gratitude isn't the default setting for most of us -- we may feel grateful when someone does something kind for us, but that natural thankfulness is fleeting. In regular day to day events, and even through negative experiences, it takes a conscious effort to find gratitude and hold it in our minds. The fact that it doesn't always come easily is the reason it's called a practice to begin with. It takes a little effort, and you get better at it as you go.
That's where prompts come in: journaling prompts can provide a simple starting place to take those crucial first step into a gratitude practice, or give you a refreshed perspective when your established practice has lost momentum. However, journal prompts specifically focused on gratitude are few and far between -- so I decided to come up with some of my own.
In this series I'll be sharing new gratitude prompts every couple of weeks. You can follow these prompts on Facebook or Instagram, or here on the blog where I'll be sharing what my response to each prompt. So without further ado, let's get started!
For the first prompt in this series, I wanted to keep it simple. My husband and I have a habit of asking each other "What was your favorite part of the day?" as we are going to sleep. That's where the inspiration for this prompt comes from. For most of us, our brains go straight into re-hashing all the negative parts of our day... but with a small effort, we can, instead, appreciate the good.
Write at least 3 things that went well today.
You can write a single line, or long paragraphs, whatever feels right. Being detailed is great, but not necessary. Be sure to take a moment to pause after each item and think about what you wrote. Instead of moving on to the next item, take at least one full minute to really cultivate a feeling of appreciation for each thing write.
1. I am grateful to my husband for mowing the lawn, even though I was planning to.
2. My coworkers cracking jokes and making me laugh so hard my cheeks hurt. I needed that!
3. Being able to ride my bike to work today! I feel much more clear-headed when I'm able to ride. I'm grateful to have nice weather, and a short enough commute, to make this possible.
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