Thanksgiving is this week, and let’s face it, some of us have no idea what we’re thankful for. We have no practice being grateful because we live in an age of entitlement. Everyone thinks the world owes them something and so they forget to stop and be grateful for what they have.
This is why I hate Black Friday so much, but that’s another story.
In honor of Thanksgiving and as a tribute to those of us who need help remembering how to be grateful, Gratitude Journals are the theme today.
“Research shows that Gratitude Journaling can have an immensely positive impact on both your emotional and physical well-being,” according to The Ripple Revolution.
The Ripple Revolution also lists helpful gratitude-based questions to help you think of what you’re grateful for. These include “Who do I appreciate? How am I fortunate? What material possessions am I thankful for? What abilities do I have that I’m grateful for?”
Some people may find that Gratitude journals don’t work for them, or haven’t in the past.
According to The Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, one reason that people struggle with gratitude journals is because they are just “going through the motions.” You have to be making the conscious decision to be happy, according to The Greater Good.
Another helpful tip they offer is to try to imagine your life without certain blessings.
If you are needing more help than just this, there is an app called Gratitude Journal in the iTunes app store. It has reminders, passcodes, etc. to help you as you try to be more grateful.
As you’re preparing your turkey and stuffing this week, take a few minutes to write down a few things that you are grateful for, and then make a goal to do it more often.