Gratitude App Copy

This App is available on the Play Store at no cost.

It allows you to journal things you are grateful for each day.

These are 8 suggestions how to Journal the things you are grateful for. There is no right or wrong way and you may have to feel your way into the practice over time.

These are 8 suggestions how to Journal the things you are grateful for. There is no right or wrong way and you may have to feel your way into the practice over time.

  1. Be Thankful. Thankfulness is an attitude that you can practice and develop. Cultivating gratitude as the norm in your life will make keeping a gratitude journal much easier.
  2. Make it a rule to write down a certain number of things you are thankful for per day. Avoid repeating the same things. This will make writing in the journal more challenging as time goes on, but that’s how your awareness and thankfulness will grow. You’ll be challenging yourself to find new things to be thankful for that perhaps you never noticed before.
  3. Many people start by writing down basic material things that they are grateful for in their lives. It’s easiest to recognize things that sustain your life here on Earth like your house, your bed, your clothes, your food etc. Be sure to explain how this makes you feel and why you’re grateful for it. Example – I am grateful for my house. My house warms my body and shelters and protects me. It gives me a sense of relief knowing that there is always a comforting place to come back to.
  4. Write about extended material things in your life. These things vary from person to person depending on what you like and take interest in. For example, if you love to paint, you may be grateful for the paint that you have. Or, if you like music you may be grateful for your CD collections.
  5. Describe how you are grateful for yourself. You can start by feeling grateful to be alive at all. Then start writing about feeling grateful to have the body you have, even if you don’t like everything. Avoid the trap of being grateful for something that is better than what other people have. Instead, compare whatever you are grateful for with how you would feel if you didn’t have it at all.
  6. Think about your abilities. You may start with basic abilities like your ability to see, your ability to hear, your ability to walk. Then progress to the extended abilities that are unique to you. Think about skillful things like dancing, singing, writing, and features that make up your character like your listening skills, your skills in cheering up people, your skills in being a good friend.
  7. Consider the people in your life. Think about all the people you care about, like your parents, your friends, your significant other, your pets. Write why you are grateful for each person and how they make you feel. This helps you to appreciate them and see only the good in them. It’s also good to write about the people that you don’t really like and find a reason to appreciate them. This can be difficult as we don’t really appreciate people we don’t like but it can be very uplifting. There is good in everyone and it’s very mood shifting to find the good in even people we dislike and feel grateful for them.
  8. Write about situations and experiences. There are always situations that have made us happy. For example, you may be grateful for a fun party, a good day at school/work, a fun vacation.
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