How Gratitude Journalling can help you realize how lucky you are.
So for those who are curious, it is a month and bit more since I started my Gratitude Journal challenge (which was to write something I am grateful for everyday), and thought this would be a good opportunity to let you know how it’s been going/my progress. Throughout this journey I’ve noticed a few things that I’ll touch on now, and try to explain. In the hopes that it might be helpful for you to keep in mind- gratitude journalling or not-.
The first is: more often then not it’s the small simple things that are contributing to my happiness more then the big eventful things that lead to my overall happiness throughout this past month so far. It could be something as simple as getting a good nights sleep, spending time with friends/family, baking time or when there isn’t much to be thankful I found just being thankful for getting through the day was enough. It’s been these moments, that’s helped me realize how lucky I am to have the people in my life and appreciate the simple things with.
Secondly: The more I became grateful, the harder it was to dwell in the negative (except on the off days, or when I didn’t get enough rest). In taking up this challenge, I didn’t know how well it would work or whether it would be worth it at all, but in sort of a negative place I thought it would be worth a shot. After all, the one thing I found myself more in need of was an attitude/gratitude adjustment. At the time, nothing seemed to be enough for me. I was never happy withmy place or what I had constantly in search of more it seemed I was always at a loss for what to do and found it easy to pick out all the negative in any situation.
Through doing this, I came upon a conclusion of unhappiness and what it’s cause might be. Which seemed to be the “not enough” formula. Put simply it’s the feeling that “once I get to this point” or “once I find these answers I’ll be happy”, the constant searching for more than never leaves you satisified. What will? You ask. Is being grateful daily for the things you do have. By pointing out these blessings to yourself, you’ll quickly realize what you have can be more than enough. By doing this, I find you’ll be bringing in abundance before you know it, and won’t feel the need to look for it in external/materialistic things as much. At least, this is what I’ve found.
Image: My personal Gratitude Journal,
Second featured Image from: Pinterest.com, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/295056213068813849/
With deepest gratitude: Introverted Butterfly