I have kept gratitude journals on and off for well over two decades, and several years ago, I introduced the concept of keeping a gratitude to my two daughters. I began the introduction by taking them to a local store and letting them choose a journal of their own, which they excitedly, and painstakingly, did. With journals in hand, I set about explaining the importance of being grateful for the people, places, and things that fill our lives and to look for all the good that life has to offer. It was a concept that, as innocent and loving children, they easily and readily embraced, so, we began to gather together at the end of each day to share at least five thing that we were grateful for.
Over the years, we gradually got “too busy” for this practice, but with the new year upon us, the three of us agreed to return this beloved practice as part of our commitment to kindness. There is nothing like retreating to our respective rooms to write in our gratitude journals, then sitting on one of our beds to share what we wrote with one another. I always enjoy hearing what my daughters give thanks for, and some of the people and things that make frequent appearances in their gratitude journals include family, friends, my parents’ cat, books, music, etc.. In turn, they are interested in what makes my list, which sometimes mirrors their own.
This simple and sweet practice does not take much time at all, yet its effect lingers. We all have commented how this helps us to look for the positive in people and in situations throughout the day, and more times than not, we have far more than five things to be grateful for each day. So far, this has been one of my favorite resolutions to keep!
Just one thing each day . . .