The Importance of Gratitude
With the question of what is to come on everyone’s mind, I find myself stressing about everything: plans, to-do lists, and issues I can and cannot control. As all our lives are currently centered on unknowns, I find that I can “gain some control” again by doing a gratitude journal. While there many ways to journal, it is recommended to write down at least five things you are grateful and why every night. Or, you can set a time for about 15 minutes and reflect on as much or as little as you would like!
This wonderful exercise essentially reminds me of the positives in my life every day. It can be being grateful for a conversation with a friend, a delicious treat made with family, or spending endless days with pets. By focusing on the positive, it can help gain a new perspective on what is important. It can help in the future, as well. When times are scary, like right now, we can go back and review what we have written. It can bring forth happy thoughts of family, friends, and events that exist in our lives right before we close our eyes, slow our heart rates, and go to sleep. What a better way to end any day!