I have a resource I can tap into anytime I feel anxious or sad. Gratitude makes me happier and healthier.
I keep a journal. I list my blessings. I write down my thoughts and feelings. I record daily events and precious memories. I slow down and savor the details. I reread passages that cheer me up and broaden my perspective.
I notice small pleasures. I pay attention to experiences and things that may seem ordinary at first. That includes family and friends that I sometimes take for granted, as well as sunrises, soft blankets, and hot coffee.
I search for silver linings. I recognize how difficult situations often turn out to be beneficial. I see how challenges help me to grow stronger and wiser.
I express my thanks in words and actions.
I tell others how much their kindness means to me. I write them letters. I am specific and enthusiastic.
I show others my gratitude. I smile and hug them. I bake them cookies or take them out to lunch. I return their favors or pay them forward. I let their example inspire me to be more generous and patient.
I think positive. It is easier to be thankful when I cut down on complaining and criticizing.
Today, I cultivate gratitude and appreciation. I am content with what I have. My life is abundant and meaningful. My heart is joyful.
- How can I remind myself to be grateful?
- What does my faith teach me about being thankful?
- How does gratitude make me more resilient?