One thing I believe in wholeheartedly is living your life with an attitude of gratitude. Our society, thanks largely in part to social media, has created a culture of dissatisfaction sprinkled with some envy that leaves people wanting more and making choices that are not always wise and best for their current situation. We fail to look at everything we have around us, all of our blessings, small and large; focusing only on what we don’t have that others do.
It can be hard to change a mindset that you have been been living in for such a long time. I totally get that. It takes time and intention to reverse your thoughts to truly love your life and find gratitude in everything. One way I have found incredibly impactful is keeping a gratitude journal. A gratitude journal can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Here are a few options:
- Grab a cute blank journal at Target and write 3-5 things you’re grateful for at the beginning or end of each day.
- If you are already journaling add your 3-5 items to your current daily journal entry.
- Get an adorbs gratitude journal like the one pictured. You can find them at any bookstore, Amazon, etc. (This is my preference and I purchased the pictured one through Amazon.)
Your gratitude items do not need to be huge. Certainly they can be, but not necessary. One day could read as easy as “I’m grateful for a cup of fresh hot coffee, the birds I hear through my window when I wake up, and Grey’s Anatomy.”
You won’t see an instant change, like everything it will take some time and intentionality. With consistency you will notice a change in your heart and attitude towards life. So stop looking at everyone’s highlight reel on social media and start paying more attention to what you have around you. I know you can and I know you will be so much happier for it.