12 Days Of Christmas
This holiday season, Best Mommy Life wants to gift you with 12 days of restoration. Each day we will post one thing that we want to challenge you to do, and this one thing will challenge you to grow, will encourage you to change, and will gift you with something tangible to make your journey in this life a little bit easier. There is no gift better than what heals the soul, down deep where the core resides, to ease your life’s struggles and better face each day. We certainly hope you enjoy them and USE them to their fullest potential now and each day forward.
"Start a gratitude journal. When you are out and about at the store next time, stop by and pick yourself up a journal specifically for gratitude journaling."
Everyone has something to be grateful for, and journaling helps us to seal those things into our minds. It creates a more happy and healthy you.
There is no right or wrong way to keep a gratitude journal, but as you get going, here are some general guidelines.
Write down three to five you’re grateful for. Do not just do the exercise in your brain, the physical record is important. The first day may be hard, but after this you will begin naturally thinking of things that you can remember and write down the following day. It’s amazing how, once we get our minds rolling down the gratitude track, we will literally see MORE to write about. It’s truly a gratitude snowball and it exponentially grows with each day.
"If a person that you are grateful for has an outstanding characteristic trait… write as many things as you can about this one trait and how they use it."
Be as specific as possible. It’s great to name people that love you, but try to write specific things that they did that made you feel wonderful and grateful to have them in your life. We want to stay away from generalizations as much as possible, because it’s the action that we want to record. When it comes to your job, write down exactly what about your job that you are grateful for. Being specific helps us to remember years from now certain things that we would otherwise forget.
Don’t be afraid to elaborate on one specific thing. If a person that you are grateful for has an outstanding characteristic trait… write as many things as you can about this one trait and how they use it. Don’t feel like you are zoning in, because that is exactly what you want to do. You don’t have to come up with ten different things about this one person… one is fine, and elaborate on the one for a good while.
Include that which you do not have. Not having things can sometimes be just as good as having them… am I right? Don’t hesitate to write things that you are grateful for not having, letting go of, or getting rid of. Life is not just about addition… sometimes it’s also about subtraction.
"Pick three days per week to put gratitude journaling
on your calendar,
and do it then."
Occasional surprises are wonderful things to be grateful for. Did you get a small raise or win employee of the month? Journal it! Those types of things are certainly something to be grateful for and accomplishments are just as wonderful to journal as anything else.
Don’t overdo it. If you skip a day, or even two, that’s OK. Aim to write no less than three times per week. Journaling too much can become insincere; we certainly don’t want it to become another chore. Pick three days per week to put gratitude journaling on your calendar, and do it then. You could also chose to do it daily and only do one thing per day. No matter how you choose to keep your gratitude journal, the important thing is that you do it consistently.
Tip: David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk who focuses his work on the benefits of gratitude, said this
in his 2013 Ted Talk:
“What is the connection between happiness and gratefulness? Many people would say, well, that’s very easy. When you are happy, you are grateful. But think again. Is it really the happy people that are grateful? We all know quite a number of people who have everything that is would take to be happy, and they are not happy, because they want something else or that want more of the same. And we all know people who have lots of misfortune, misfortune that we ourselves would not want to have, and they are deeply happy. They radiate happiness. You are surprised. Why? Because they are grateful. So it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It’s gratefulness that makes us happy.:”
"It gives us something to go back and look at to
remind ourselves why
we are grateful when
times are difficult."
Taking time to journal about the things that we are grateful for in ourselves, our family, our friends, job, hobbies, and daily life in genral helps us to keep it fresh in our mind and close to our heart. It gives us something to go back and look at to remind ourselves why we are grateful when times are hard. It gives us a tool that is needed for every day life!
Happy Holidays From Best Mommy Life!
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