Starting a gratitude journal can be really simple. You can dedicate a specific notebook to the practice. Or if you prefer to keep things paperless, start a Word Doc, Google Doc, or new note on Evernote. By starting with what you know works for you, you will be more likely to use it. Use your gratitude journal to write down around three to five things you are thankful for. It can be anything from something that went well in your day, to a specific person whom you are grateful for, or that hot shower you had this morning.
If there are days when you are stuck, here are some helpful prompts:
This interruption shifts your thinking from worrying about the future into the what’s working well in the present moment. Give it a try the next time you’re anxious and let me know how that and gratitude journaling is working for you in the comments below!