Gratitude is truly so powerful.
Maybe you find yourself in a downwards spiral of negative thinking daily? Maybe life feels a bit blah or off-kilter? The best way to pull yourself out of this headspace, in my opinion, is with the action of expressing gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is a very grounding experience, reminding you of the beauty in the little things in life that you currently have. It helps you look at situations in a more positive light, build stronger relationships with people you love, and helps improve your mental and physical well-being.
Reflecting and expressing your gratitude through writing helps you form the positive thoughts that you put out into the world and turn them into actions. So, how do you get started with expressing gratitude? For me, it’s something I put into practice everyday using my Gratitude Planner, my Flourish & Fulfilled Journal, or within the Flourish & Fulfilled App, depending on where I am and what I’m doing.
Expressing gratitude can be as simple as listing 1-3 things you’re grateful for each day. You can also begin with some, or all, of the questions I’ve listed below and repeat them as daily gratitude prompts.
Remember, there’s no rule saying you have to journal your gratitude every single day - always do what works for you.
15 Gratitude Journal Prompts
- What is the biggest gift in your life right now?
- Describe some positive news you received lately.
- How do you show gratitude to your friends?
- What made you smile today?
- What challenge/s have you overcome lately?
- Name a person you are thankful for that has shaped who you are today.
- Describe one memory in yur life that you will cherish forever.
- List 5 things you love about yourself.
- Where is your favourite place in the world? Why?
- Name an accomplishment you are proud of.
- List 3 things you’ve learnt in the last month.
- What is your favourite thing about your home?
- Write about how far you’ve come. Where were you ten years ago, five years ago, and where are you now?
- What makes you feel confident?
- What small thing are you looking forward to in the next few days/weeks?
Try practicing gratitude whenever you can and I can promise you'll start to reap the benefits and start to feel better for it. It’s a true way to live in alignment. Remind yourself daily of things that you appreciate and those that make you happy to be alive.
Feeling grateful for all that you currently have brings you back to the present time - and the present is a truly wonderful place to be.