Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is kind of a big deal. It’s one of the 10 worst days for travel in the country. It’s also tied to a confounding—and borderline-dangerous!—capitalist tradition. At its best, however, it’s a holiday that celebrates community and the sharing of resources. The circumstances surrounding its origins are a different story, but I think we can all agree that giving thanks is a good way to build self-awareness and nurture kindness.
Which brings me to gratitude journaling. I’m not talking about the kind where you document how #grateful you are for pumpkin spice lattes (unless they’re really good IRL, of course), or how #blessed you feel on an Instagram-ready getaway. I’m talking about stripped-down, honest lists of stuff you appreciate and cherish. Most often than not, this stuff lives in the tiny, modest moments. Your daily morning walk with your dog, an unexpected hug, calling a loved one, slicing tomatoes for dinner. It’s hard to remember sometimes, but if you’re reading this, chances are you have plenty to be thankful for. Have you ever tried logging it?
I know the above sounds corny, but just take a look at all the benefits, both physical and interpersonal, of giving thanks. If you’re not ready to dedicate an entire journal to it, you can begin by making it an additional daily point in your bullet journal, or by simply adding a line or two about things you’re grateful for to your diary entries. You also don’t need to count your blessings every day; 1-3 times a week is more than enough to see improvements in your general well-being.
What are you grateful for? Let us know in the comments.