How To Write A Gratitude List And Learn To Count Your Blessings

How To Write A Gratitude List And Learn To Count Your Blessings

October 14, 2019 Updated June 24, 2020

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I’ve been keeping a gratitude list ever since Oprah Winfrey introduced me to the concept way back when I was in high school. Two decades later, and it’s still a part of my daily routine. So why keep a gratitude list? For starters, according to  Harvard Health Publications, expressing gratitude is one of the easiest ways to feel better, including improving our sense of well-being and our relationships.

Other studies have shown that regularly expressing gratitude enhances both physical and mental health, including getting a good night’s sleep and improving our self-esteem. This, coupled with journal prompts will help you on the road to self-discovery. Sounds so good, right? If you’re eager to start counting your blessings, here are some tips on how to write a gratitude list.

Get a Journal 

This needn’t be a fancy investment. Any notebook or notepad will do. What matters most is that you keep your journal in a place that will compel you to jot down your list daily. A good place to keep it is right on your bedside so you can create your list before you go to sleep or as soon as you wake up in the morning.

Keep it Consistent

There aren’t any set rules on how to use a gratitude list, which means you get to choose how many things you want include on your list (though starting at five is a good start). It also means you can jot down your ideas at any time that works for you, including at lunch time or whenever your newborn goes down for a nap. However, what’s important to keep in mind with your list is to keep it consistent. Consistency is the glue that keeps a new habit together. Without consistency you’re prone to procrastination or “leaving it” for another day. By staying consistent keeping a gratitude list is more likely to become apart of your routine. Remember: even writing down one thing per day is better than nothing.

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Make it Simple

Your gratitude list doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re having trouble finding the gratitude in your life (we’ve all been there) start small and make it simple. Below are some examples to help get you started.

  1. I have good health.
  2. I have a roof over my head.
  3. I sleep in a warm bed.
  4. I have money in the bank.
  5. I have good friends.
  6. I have good food in my fridge.
  7. The sun is shining today.
  8. I have a day off today.
  9. I moved my body today.
  10. I have a loving partner.
  11. I have a pet who loves me.
  12. I have a paying job.
  13. I breathe fresh air.
  14. I laughed today.
  15. I drink clean water.
  16. I have a smartphone.
  17. I have access to the Internet.
  18. There are trees around me.
  19. I read a book that I enjoy.
  20. I have clean clothes to wear.

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