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Hey Y’all! Thanksgiving is coming up and I don’t know about you, but I am pretty excited about eating some turkey and sweet potatoes! It has been a few years, since I have had a Thanksgiving off from work, so that makes this year even sweeter, for me. However, we all know that Thanksgiving isn’t about the food. The name of the holiday, says it all. It’s about giving thanks. That’s why I chose today, to talk about a few different ways that you can keep a gratitude log. Not just for Thanksgiving, but for the long haul.
1. A Faith or Prayer Journal
This is one way, that I keep a gratitude log. I have talked about my Faith Journal, before. It’s a collection of notebooks, that serve different purposes (sermon notes, prayer requests, gratitude, etc). I use one of those books for prayer and gratitude. Over the past year, I have made it a goal to do this daily. I have filled up a lot of notebooks, this way. There are still days that I forget, or feel like I do not have time, but I always feel better, when I make this a priority.
2. On a Daily Planning Page
Some daily planners, have designated spots for gratitude. That makes it super easy to jot down, at least one thing that you are grateful for, each day. If you use a day planner, but it doesn’t have a spot for gratitude, you can always add one. It could be as simple as writing down one or two things at the top or bottom of your page. If you are interested in a planner that has this option, check out this one from May Designs. Also, the Purposeful Planner, has a spot for “Prayer and Praise”, that would work great.
3. A Bullet Journal Spread
This is where you can get really creative. If you already use a bullet journal, this would be a great way to incorporate gratitude, into your routine. Simply create a monthly spread, where you can specifically list things, that you are thankful for, throughout the month. You have the freedom to design it, to your own liking. Just be sure to make it easily accessible, so that you remember to use it! If you search for bullet journal gratitude logs on Pinterest, you can find a lot of good ideas for this! If you are looking to start a bullet journal, check out some notebook options on Amazon.
4. On A Weekly Layout
This is another way, that I like to keep a gratitude log. Recently, I have been using a Passion Planner. The weekly layout, includes a spot for “Good Things That Happened”. This is something that I fill in, as I go. I try to list at least three things. Just like with the day planner, you can add this into a weekly planner, even if it doesn’t include a spot for it. It will help you keep things in perspective, throughout your week.
5. A Gratitude Book
If none of the other options seem appealing to you, maybe a journal that is specifically for gratitude, would be best. These types of journals, usually guide you through the process, by asking questions or just helping you get started. Something like this Daily Gratitude Journal, would be great if you are really trying to improve in this area.
Why Keeping a Gratitude Log is Important
You may think that you are good about counting your blessings, but chances are, you are still letting negative thoughts in. I can say this, because I know I am guilty of it. As I stated before, I have been really working on recording things that I am thankful for, on a daily basis. I have made it part of my morning routine. I can tell you from experience, that when I take the time to make prayer and gratitude a priority, it sets the tone for the rest of my day.
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Instead of complaining and feeling sorry for myself, as soon as something goes wrong, I am immediately reminded of how blessed I am. When I have struggled through some of the hardest times in my life, I can tell you that my over all mental health, has been so much better, when I find even one thing to be thankful for.
What better time to start a gratitude log, than the week of Thanksgiving? Just be sure to keep it up! When November ends, you will still find things to be grateful for.
I hope that you and your family have a safe and relaxing holiday.
Until next time!