How Do You Practice Gratitude?

Are You in a Habit of Gratitude?

The other day I wrote about being in the Habit of Gratitude.

Have you given any more thought about being in a constant state of Gratitude? Does it sound a little scary in your busy life?

It did for me until I started getting some emails about the subject. With everything going on in my life how could I possibly even think about it?

One email suggested that I start journaling, what, I asked myself to make time for one more thing?

Then I heard Oprah talking about her Gratitude Journal, and she read a portion from one day several years ago.

I did some research into Journaling and keeping a Gratitude Journal:

  • The concept of practicing gratitude begins by creating a habit.
  • For most people, the most straightforward habit, and the most effective one is to create a gratitude journal.


A gratitude journal is a process of writing down what you’re grateful for during the day.

Many people journal in the morning, or at night, or both as they are quiet times. You can keep the journal right next to your bedside. I, personally, journal right before I go to bed at night

Now you can, of course, journal whenever it feels right for you. For example, you might find that journaling in the middle of the day, at lunchtime, helps you have a more positive afternoon and evening.

I like to journal in a nice booklet, with lined paper, I handwrite what I am grateful for because the process of writing it down seems to have a stronger impact on your brain and mindset instead of dictating your gratitude or typing it on your computer or mobile device. The act of writing seems to wire your brain differently and create a connection between your thoughts and the words on the page.

Does this mean that you can’t or shouldn’t create a digital journal? Absolutely not! If dictating your gratitude or typing, if it works for you then do that. There are no rules for a gratitude journal.

If you change your attitude, you can change your family’s attitude, because self-care leads to peace and peace lead to happier healthier families.

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Elizabeth Hughes-Callison

Elizabeth Hughes-Callison is an empty nester, who has raised her kids, but she will never stop being a parent. She worked for 30+ years in the corporate environment all the while raising her two children John and Leigh with husband Randy. She learned self-care and how to have a sense of peace in her home the hard way. With humor and real-life stories, she helps you learn the same.

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