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Stick around in the spiritual and self-help world long enough and eventually you will hear about gratitude journaling.  

A 2003 case study found a positive correlation between gratitude and a person’s overall well-being.  With this in mind, and many other similar studies which supported the same idea, I believe that having a specific gratitude practice is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.  

 

What is Gratitude?

 

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around”

– Willie Nelson

Gratitude is the act of appreciating what you already have.  It is taking the time to stop and smell the roses.  To reflect on the abundance already present in your life.  In the art of manifesting, gratitude is one of the most powerful tools to help you attract more of what you want.  

Gratitude and the Law of Attraction

The Law of Attraction is the idea that whatever you focus on you will attract into your life.  In other words, everything around you is responding to you and what you receive is dictated by your feelings and thoughts.  Basically, your feelings and thoughts determine your vibration level.  Good thoughts = high vibration.  Bad thoughts = low vibration.  

Gratitude works alongside the Law of Attraction in that it helps raise your vibration and get you into the sweet spot of manifesting.  It helps you focus on what you already have so you can attract more of what you want.  Feeling thankful and counting your blessings also gives you practice in shifting your thoughts, an important ingredient in manifesting your desires.  

8 Reasons to Start Today

  1. Immediate shift in how you feel
  2. Takes your focus off of less desirable thoughts
  3. Immediately feel happier
  4. Less stress 
  5. Sleep better 
  6. Manifest your dream life
  7. Helps rewire your brain – for the better
  8. Because Oprah does it so why wouldn’t you?  
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How to Count Your Blessings in Your Journal

Buy a journal

  • Bonus if you like the pen you write with, it makes the writing easier.
  • Or you can keep an electronic journal.  Either is fine, the point is that you do it.  

Decide on a schedule 

  • One you can keep.  If you want to journal daily, do it.  If that feels like too much, don’t. 
  • Try to write at least two times a week
  • Can be anytime of the day, morning or night.  Do what feels best for you. 
  • Add in the extra at night before going to sleep.  For me, each morning I wake up and each night before I fall asleep, I think how grateful I am for a roof over my head and a comfortable bed to sleep in. 

Establish the habit

  • Danielle Laporte’s The Desire Map Planner already has a built in section for you to write what you are grateful for each day.  It’s a great way to keep focused on what you want to feel.  

Don’t rush

  • You don’t need to take a ton of time but you don’t need to rush either.  
  • Don’t do it just to get it done, that defeats the purpose. 
  • True Gratitude gives feelings behind the words.  Don’t just write something to check it off your list.  It doesn’t work that way.  The point is to feel in your body what you are grateful for. 

Focus on people vs things

  • Look at the people in your life.  Why are you grateful for them?
  • It may help to imagine your life without them.

What do you think?  How has a gratitude practice made a change in your life?

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