I’ve been holding onto this post for a while. It hasn’t felt like the right time to publish it until now.
The world will constantly be a combination of good and bad. And man, does it feel like there is a lot of heavy situations going on lately. But I’m here to tell you that there is a lot of good in this world as well. I know it might not feel that way as we watch the news, listen to the radio, or scroll through our social media feeds lately. But we can always focus on the good in the world and there are always good things to focus on.
Read that last sentence again.
A baby is being born, a close friend gets engaged, a family member beats cancer, or it’s simply sunny and beautiful outside. If you’ve been around here a while you know I’m also one to tell you not to bury your emotions but there is a way to process your emotions and turn those heavier feelings into something to be grateful for. I’ve been re-reading Tim Desmond’s ‘How To Stay Human In a F*cked Up World‘. I purchased it this last fall when I was going through a very difficult time period. For most people, sometimes it feels imposible to get through certain situations in life but personally, I find enlightenment in focusing on progress, even if it is the tiniest step of progression. So I purchased this book and it continues to be one of my staples I pull off the shelf and skim through.
Desmond mentions that ‘bringing up pain and holding it with compassion leads to transformation’. You can sit with this said pain through meditation but another way is gratitude journaling. I’m a big fan of journaling as a practice to process emotions, make decisions, and work through trama. I’m also a big fan of gratetitude journaling for difficult times so you don’t feel the world is weighing down so much on you.
Below is a few prompts that can help start a gratitude journaling practice. All you need is a pen and paper then allow the prompts to guide you in topics to write about. Not only does gratitude journaling take your mind off negative or impactful thoughts but it allows you to focus on things that will bring your mind enjoyment and actively releases stress and tension from the body.
- Someone you are grateful for
- A food you are grateful for
- A place you really love
- A treasured experience
- A skill you are grateful for
- A teacher or mentor who made a large impact in your life
- A trip you love to look back on
- A meal or dessert you can’t get enough of
- Your favorite birthday or holiday memory
- Your favorite books you’ve read
- A lesson you learn that made an impact
- Your favorite movies
- Your favorite smells
- Someone who believes in you
- Your favorite place
- Your favorite pet
- A activity you love to do
- Music that makes you happy to listen to
- Something that relaxes you
- An activity that makes you feel alive
- Your favorite memory from your childhood
- A goal you’ve achieved
- A person who makes you laugh
- An answered prayer
- Something you’ve created that makes you feel proud
Another way to start a gratitude journaling practice is to purchase a guided journal. My favorite brand is Ink & Volt. There are also endless options across Amazon and what I love is that you can find different options for women, men, and even teens and children.
I hope you enjoy your gratitude journaling practice & I would love to hear how it impacts your life!