An Attitude of Gratitude

AUTHOR:  Sharon Sanford
DATE:  07/20/2020

Having an attitude of gratitude has changed my perspective on life. I have become intentional about reflecting, expressing, and projecting positivity through different avenues, but it all began specifically with journaling. 

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For the past three years, I have spent time each night writing down the things that I was grateful for on that day. In the beginning, my lists were simple, but as time went on I found myself noticing more and more things throughout the day that made me smile or feel gratitude. Each day, I looked forward to returning home to document it in my journal.  Often times, I would turn to my phone to type a quick note highlighting the good things that happened or the nice things that I saw or experienced.

Having an attitude of gratitude helps you to focus more positively. I have found that the energy you give to something either lifts you up or brings you down. I do my best to find and focus on the best in every situation and every person. It is not always easy to do, but I try to shift my thoughts to something good. Your attitude is a choice. Choose to have a grateful heart and an attitude of gratitude. It’s contagious.

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Journal Challenge

  1. Get a journal or notebook.
  2. For the next 30 days, spend 5 – 10 minutes at night before you go to bed and write down at least 3 to 5 things that you are grateful for that day.  Add a date on the page and read it aloud before you go to bed.
  3. At the end of the 30 days, go back and read your gratitude lists. If you enjoy the process, keep going and encourage someone else to do the same.

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Sharon Sanford

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