How to Practice Gratitude (with a Free Printable Log)

Feeling negative, or just generally uninspired, can be the result of getting caught up in the daily routines of life without taking moments to pause and appreciate all that we are and all that we have.  This is where practicing gratitude can help; as an adjective it means feeling deeply appreciative of something possessive, whether that is randomly receiving the help of a stranger, or having a warm room to come home to, or anything else appropriate to the individual circumstances.  Consciously practicing gratitude creates a little more space in our minds for reflection, which in turn, helps us develop a more positive mental attitude.  

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The popularity (and effectiveness) of practicing gratitude may be down to its focus on the positive elements of our lives. I know from experience that its all too easy to focus on the negatives of a particular situation because their effect on my psyche are much more profound and longterm than that of a positive situation. That's just how our mind is programmed to work!  Having difficult days is completely normal of course, as we need a combination of both for balance, but maintaining a daily practice of reflection is likely to provide a better perspective as well as reassurance.  

My favorite way to incorporate gratitude into my routine is to simply write down 3 things I’m grateful in my day (right before going to sleep) and if I dont have my notebook nearyby I just think them out in my mind. The practice is so simple, it hardly takes any time and provides me with the chance to reflect and evaluate in such a gentle manner.