Today, I’ve decided to start a gratitude journal. I think it’s long overdue. I think there’s so much crap going on in the world that we forget what’s right in front of us, what we have instead of what we don’t have, and who we have in our lives that make each day better.
While I don’t think we need to turn a blind eye to what’s going on in the world, far from it, and bad things can happen to us all the time, we also need to remind ourselves that our lives aren’t as bad as we, or society, make it out to be.
Gratitude is such an important part of mental health. Studies have shown that the more grateful we are, the better mental health we have.
Compared with the participants who wrote about negative experiences or only received counseling, those who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health four weeks and 12 weeks after their writing exercise ended. This suggests that gratitude writing can be beneficial not just for healthy, well-adjusted individuals, but also for those who struggle with mental health concerns.
No matter where you are in your life, I do believe that we can all take a moment each day to say what we’re grateful for. It can really put our whole lives into perspective.
Here are just a few things I’m grateful for (in no particular order):
My father (RIP)
The ability to learn new skills
The air we breathe
Waking up each and everyday
The roof over my head
The food we’re able to eat
The water we’re able to drink
The lights overhead
The smile on my daughters face and the giggles and memories we make
For YOU! Everyone who reads my blogs, who enjoys the information I put out and who watches my YouTube channel; any and all support means so much to me.
I have so, so much to be grateful for. Truly. I remind myself daily how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge and a happy, healthy family.
What are you grateful for? Really think about it, write it down and try to make a habit of writing down what you’re grateful for.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!