Have you continued to write down each day three things you are grateful for? How are you feeling? Is it becoming more automatic, more natural?
If you haven’t been practicing gratitude, practice here for today. Write three things you are grateful for today.
Go to the website: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/labs/emmons/
Do some reading on the benefits of practicing gratitude. Here is what researchers have found: Keeping a gratitude journal on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, felt better physically, and were more optimistic about the week ahead. Those who kept gratitude journals were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals. In another study the gratitude journalers reported higher levels of positive states of alertness and enthusiasm, as opposed to reporting a focus on negative things such as hassles and setbacks. Those who kept gratitude journals were more likely to have helped someone with a personal problem or offered emotional support to others. A study of people who suffered from a chronic illness found that those who kept a gratitude journal for three weeks not only had a more positive mood but slept better.
How has it benefited you so far?.
McCullough, M.E., Emmons, R.A., & Tsang, J. 2002. The grateful disposition: A conceptual and empirical topography. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 112-127.