I never knew what gratitude means.
I never could understand why people practice it.
I thought it is because we all have our own way of thinking and different cultures.
Until it changed my life.
Why is it so hard to practice Gratitude?
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
For many years this quote made me confused. I never even practiced gratitude. You see I thought life happens to me and not from me.
It was almost natural for me to focus on the things I don’t want in life.
I use to know exactly what I don’t want to happen.
Or that I don’t like that food. Or I don’t drink that kind of cooldrink. It got so bad I use to say I hate that and I hate this.
Without knowing it, life got worst and worst.
I use to think I will say thank you after I received something. Or I would be happier then.
As I child I always thought that it is bad manners not to say thank you when I got something. (It is!) But I took this up the wrong way.
I never said thank you before I received something. Why must I? I have not received it yet.
Little did I know this is the way to change your life.
Today I can tell you in all honesty if you use 30 days of gratitude journal prompts to help you, you will see the difference gratitude has in your life.
What will it help me doing 30 Days of Gratitude Journal Prompts?
Let me ask you a question.
ARE YOU HAPPY?
What does happiness have to do with anything?
You see if you practice gratitude in a journal for 30 days and in your life, you start changing your life.
You can write your intentions down in a journal for 30 days. (like the example below)
After 30 days review it and see how you feel.
Heck, after the 3rd day you can already ask yourself how you feel.
You see it is easy:
It’s not happiness that brings us gratitude.
It’s gratitude that brings us happiness.
How to use 30 days of Gratitude Journal Prompts?
Our thoughts that we have gives off energy.
If this energy is grateful and with feeling the universe sends us more of what we are experiencing now.
Scientific fact: If you write things down it seeps through you and you put it out to the universe in pen and paper. In other words: Using prompts, to create awareness of gratitude is one of the easier ways to change your energy field around you.
We don’t always think there is a lot to be thankful for.
Sometimes we take things for granted. I know I use to think. It should be like this. Why am I here then? (Well, that is the wrong way of seeing things.)
Below is a list of prompts to help you to be grateful and feel it:
1. My inner strength and that I am unique.
2. The love I have for myself.
3. The love I can show others.
4. My relationship with myself and others.
5. a family member.
6. a Friend.
7. My life.
8. Something money can’t buy, that I am grateful for.
9. Something in nature.
10. A memory that I am grateful for.
11. Life always changes – and being grateful for that.
12. The sun shining and a beautiful day.
13. Say thank you more often.
14. Show someone you love them – and tell them.
15. Let someone in front of you in a queue.
16. Compliment a stranger.
17. Walk and say thank you- you don’t have to know for what in the beginning.
18. Stop in your busy day and take a Thank you pause.
19. Compliment a stranger.
20. Have a coffee date.
22. Your current wealth. (Even if it is very little)
23. The house you live in.
24. The transport you have.
25. The clothes you have.
26. The shoes you have.
27. To be able to breathe.
28. To be able to rest daily.
29. A Pet.
30. A Talent. ( Go look for it if you think you don’t have one.)
You see it is up to you to take control of your life.
Everything in life is a choice and you need to make it and stick with it. Only then you will see the changes happen.
So it stays your choice if you want to change your life by using gratitude and to write it down in a journal or not.
But if you do want to try it I can assure you that it will change your life for the better.
You see my friend when you keep on practicing gratitude the universe hears you.
Start believing the universe has ears and it can hear you.
Now everything you say with gratitude will start snowballing.
The more gratitude you show and develop the more you will have to be grateful for. What does this mean?
In all aspects of your life, you will increase and have more.
You are telling the universe you are very blessed to have so many things to be grateful for.
We live in a world that we are constantly looking for improvement or something better all the time.
The moment we get something we are only happy for a while.
Then we start searching for something even better or bigger.
I will take myself as an example.
For many years I thought I will be happy when I have the best of the best laptop.
I finally got one and within 6 months I wanted a better one.
One that is faster and the color on the screen is more vibrant. I bought another one twice the price of the one I had.
Again 7 or 8 months down the line and I am wondering if there is a better one – one that can do more…
For many years I kept on searching for happiness outside.
Then I realized that the laptop I had is fine and started feeling real gratitude for it.
The moment my feelings changed long enough and I was happy with my laptop.
And thankful for it.
I got one that I use until today from my best friend.
She wanted my laptop because she liked it.
So I got a brand new one and she was happy with my laptop as she knew how to operate it and all settings were set for her.
Funny how things change when we are Grateful!