Going Deeper With Gratitude

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Are you looking for an opportunity to go deeper with your gratitude practice?

Basic gratitude practice might look like:
“I am grateful for my home.”
“I’m grateful for my family.”

Remembering what you are grateful for is a great place to start.

Now call in a deeper sense of fulfillment by adding the “Why.” The “WHY” connects to the feelings of your heart. It adds personal meaning. It also will likely change over time, making your gratitude more dynamic and appealing to explore.

“I’m grateful because…”

“I’m grateful for my home because it provides me a sense of security and comfort.”

“I’m grateful for my family because I feel supported and cared for.”

Try adding the WHY to your gratitude lists. Let me know in the comments if anything shifts.

The Start Of My Gratitude Journaling Journey

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Several years ago, I was going through an intensely challenging time; it seemed I had little to be grateful for. It was easy to focus on everything that wasn’t going right. In an attempt to shift my outlook and mood, I decided to try gratitude journaling. I wanted to retrain my brain to focus on the positive.

I ended up mostly filling my journals with gratitude for my cat Leyna. When it was difficult to see the good in other aspects of my life, I could usually remember sweet or funny things she’d done that day or simply appreciate her unexpected arrival in my life. I’d remember the feeling of her purring warm presence on my lap. Appreciate her coming out of nowhere to bring me joy.

My journaling brought my focus and attention to the extraordinary relationship Leyna and I had and helped me connect with heartfelt joy. Practicing gratitude in this way changed my life for the better.