Count Your Many Blessings: Thoughts on Keeping a Gratitude Journal

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I recently started keeping a gratitude journal. Well actually, I just write what I am grateful for each day in my daily planner.It is something that is very simple, takes very little time, but has greatly improved my happiness and outlook on life.

Throughout any given day there are ups and downs. What we focus on determines our happiness level. Thinking about something good that has happened on a day that may have originally seemed to be only bad can help us overcome our trials.

Changing our perspective

Finding the good in a seemingly bad day can help change our perspective on life. We can become more optimistic. There are days where I sit down before bed and try to think about what was good and struggle to do so. The longer I have done it though, the more ideas seem to pop up. Some days I am simply grateful that remained happy despite dealing with difficult situations and people at work.

What I have found though is that every day is filled with blessings! Even simple things like making it through the day are blessings. I am a religious person, so I believe that each blessing is given to us by God. Taking the time to think about our day can help us see the hand of the Lord in our lives. The following quote is from one of the hymns that we sing at my church.

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Why is it easy to complain but hard to be grateful?

I know this has been true for me and still is at times. We are quick to anger and to complain but slow to remember what is most important or to see a lesson from something that has gone wrong.

This why a gratitude journal is so helpful. By taking time either at the start of your day or end of your day(or both), you are changing your attitude little by little. If you are religious this means that you are seeing God’s hand in your life more easily. Even if you don’t believe in God though, looking for the good can still help you with your overall happiness.

Be happy TODAY

A lot of times I find myself saying that I will be happy when…(a certain thing happens). For me, these certain things include:

  • when we can move to a nicer house
  • when my husband is working more instead of me(my husband is in school right now)
  • after we have paid off our debt

And I’m sure I could keep thinking of more things that I am waiting for so I can be happy. But this obviously is not helping my happiness.

I am working on being happy with my current situation. Keeping a gratitude journal is helping so much! Here is a list of a few things I am grateful for. This is an ever growing list! And I’m sure I forgot some things, these are just the basics in my life I am grateful for.

  • Having an awesome family
  • Having adorable, sweet kiddos(even though they are also challenging)
  • Living in a house, with a yard(even though my house is small)
  • Having a good job(even though it’s stressful)
  • Having a reasonable income
  • Getting to be home every morning(I work evening shift)
  • Having great co-workers
  • Having a lot of days off due to my random nurse schedule
  • Not needing a babysitter(since my husband is home)

I am seriously, SO lucky. Yes, there are things that could be better. But that is why we are on this journey called life. Each day is such a blessing. Your list of blessings may look different or may start off shorter. But I promise that as you look for the good in each day, you will find it!

Here are a few other posts to help with our overall happiness

4 ways to stop comparing yourself to others

5 ways to overcome your negative thoughts

How I’m fighting depression with exercise, and increasing my happiness

Other faith-related posts:

An answer to all the hope that is within

Free to choose: How our choices determine our destiny

Need a gratitude journal? I just found all of these on Amazon! They all look awesome and are under $10! I seriously can’t decide which one I want, haha. (These are affiliate links and clicking on them and ordering products can earn me commissions)

26 comments

  1. I love gratitude journals! I think they help us stop for a moment and just reflect on the positive rather than the negative that’s always right in front of us

  2. This is so true! We need to be more thankful. I find that in my life, the more I focus on the things I have to be thankful for, the more I have to be thankful for!

  3. A gratitude journal is a great idea! It’s too easy to get caught up in stuff and things. Remembering to be grateful is so important

  4. This is a really nice, uplifting post to read after a not so pleasant drive home in gridlock traffic. Thank you for sharing this post. It IS easy to complain. I’m guilty of that. Maybe taking a break to think about the things I am grateful for will help me change my perspective in difficult situations. Thanks again!

  5. I love this post. The Be Happy Today section was great. We really have enough to keep our hearts full. Thank you for the beautiful reminder.

  6. LOVE this! I’m a holistic health educator and therapist and think it is incredibly important to provide resources for people to live more healthy lives. Great job using your skills and gifts to support wellness for others. Please check out my YouTube channel at: theposturespecialist.com These videos are free and a great holistic resource to empower people to have enhanced wellness and increased awareness of their body. Blessings!!

  7. Oh I love this! I think I need to have both my daughter and I start one. There is so much to be grateful for. I need these reminders. Thank you for sharing!

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