Being a grateful person requires practice and persistence. When I (Katie) researched the impact gratitude has on our state of well-being, I found overwhelming links between being grateful and being happy. Wikipedia sources say that “Gratitude has been said to have one of the strongest links with mental health of any character trait. Grateful people are happier, less depressed, less stressed, and more satisfied with their lives and social relationships. Grateful people also have higher levels of control of their environments, personal growth, purpose in life, and self acceptance. Grateful people have more positive ways of coping with the difficulties they experience in life, being more likely to seek support from other people, reinterpreted and grow from the experience, and spend more time planning how to deal with the problem. Grateful people sleep better, and this seems to be because they think less negative and more positive thoughts just before going to sleep.”
If you are looking for less stress, better sleep, and great ideas for scrapbook pages, expressing your gratitude might just be the answer! I’m going to spend more time recording the things I’m grateful for and I love the idea of gratitude lists. By writing down my own gratitude, I can become a more grateful person.
Ideas for Gratitude Lists:
- 30 things you are grateful for (one for each day of November)
- Gratitude A-Z – use the alphabet as a structure and list something you are grateful for starting with each letter (A for apples etc.)
- Top ten – list 10 things you are most grateful for
- Fill a jar – write down bits of gratitude and drop them into a jar throughout the week, month, or even a year
- Hang a gratitude board – use a chalkboard or whiteboard as a place where friends and family members can jot down things they are grateful for as they walk by. We have one by our back door and it’s been a lot of fun to see what different family members write.
No matter what type of list you compile, be sure to hang on to the grateful thoughts that are shared so you can use them to document future scrapbook pages!
Thanks for visiting The Daily Digi today. I’m grateful for all of you!