A grateful heart is a heart THAT NOTICES good things that are already present. In other words, when you’re grateful, you’re constantly seeing all the good that you have in your life.

It’s two simple words that change everything.

That’s it. A phrase we take for granted. A sentence usually reserved for when someone holds the door for us.

A phrase we say far too little.

Can you imagine how it would change your life if you constantly said, “Thank you,” to people?.

If you took every opportunity to thank people? If you...

  • Thanked a coworker for a prompt reply to an email
  • Said a heartfelt, “Thank you,” when your boss let you go home 30 minutes early
  • Thanked your partner for cooking a delicious dinner
  • Were full of gratefulness when a family member called to check in

Being thankful to others profoundly changes the way we go through life.

Gratefulness journaling takes the practice of noticing a step further. It involves first noticing things you are grateful for, then taking action and actually writing down those things in a journal.

You can feel grateful for anything, big or small.

When we write things down, it gives us time to reflect. Writing, especially writing by hand, forces us to slow down and think..

Also, write down WHY you’re grateful for those particular things.

What about them makes you happy?

Why are you grateful for them?

Finally, after you’ve written each thing down, say a brief word of thanks for it. Take the opportunity to be grateful again in the moment.

This practice doesn’t need to take long. You should be able to do it in 5-10 minutes. The goal is simply to get yourself in a state of gratefulness at the end of the day. After several weeks of journaling in this way, you may find that you’re spontaneously running into “good luck.”

Gratitude affirmations go even beyond just saying, “Thank you,” to a person or journaling. They are active, positive, enthusiastic statements of gratitude to God or the universe or whatever it is that you believe in.

Gratitude affirmations are NOT based on you feeling grateful.

Rather, you are CHOOSING to be grateful for things, even if you don’t feel grateful.

There are two types of gratitude affirmations. 

The first is when you’re grateful for the things you already have.

You AFFIRM that you have received an endless bounty of good things in your life and you give SPECIFIC thanks for all the blessings that you have received.

The second type of affirmations are future-oriented
and are when you give thanks for all the good things
you are GOING to receive.

When it comes to the present gratefulness affirmation, you want to include as many things as you can think of to be grateful for.

Start your affirmation with, “I’m grateful for...” and then begin reciting the numerous things that fill your heart with overflowing gratitude. An example of a present gratitude affirmation is:

Start your affirmation with, “I’m grateful for...” and
then begin reciting the numerous things that fill your
heart with overflowing gratitude.

An example of a present gratitude affirmation is:

I’m so grateful for all the blessings I’ve received today.
I’m grateful for my new job.
I’m grateful for my friendships.
I’m grateful for my children.
I’m grateful 
for the delicious meal I ate last night.
I’m grateful for 
the good night’s sleep I got.
I’m grateful for this 
wonderful cup of tea I’m drinking (or coffee).

If possible, try to say one gratefulness affirmation every single day. This practice will help you further develop an attitude of constant gratitude.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to your future affirmation, think about all the good things that you want to come into your life.

What are your hopes and dreams and desires?

What do you think about all the time? You’ll be glad you did!


Helen Taylor
Helen Taylor

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