Finding gratitude can feel challenging and on the first day of your practice you may find yourself sitting at your desk just staring at an empty page. The day was lousy, you’re exhausted, and maybe the gratitude practice just isn’t for you.

On the other hand, you may find yourself staring at a blank page on day 28. You’ve run out of things to be grateful for or you have nothing else to write down. You feel like you’ve hit all the biggies and now you’re thinking about writing down that you’re grateful for push-pins and dust bunnies.

Well, it’s okay to be grateful for push-pins and dust bunnies. There are no rules. Just like there’s nothing too small or too big to be grateful for each day.

Having said that, if you take the time to look around you, to reflect on yourself, your life, your day, and your surroundings, you’ll never run out of things to add to your journal. So let’s start with a short list of ideas on where to find gratitude.

Music
At WorkExperiences
AnimalsMeditationActivities
NatureArtDance
Stories: Books, PlaysPeopleFamily
Your Body:Your healthTexturesFood
ReligionFoodPersonal Attributes

Think about each of these categories when you’re struggling to find something to be write about in your journal. In fact, once you’ve worked through the gratitude prompts and tips, you can then start working from this list.

Finally, before you download your gratitude journal, please keep in mind that you don’t have to write down hundreds of things you’re grateful for each day. Strive for somewhere between three and ten with the overall goal being consistency.

 Your Next Step

Download the journal  and The following journal can be printed out as your first gratitude journal. It contains tips, quotes, and gratitude prompts to get you started.

You can work through them day by day or skip around. There is no right or wrong way to practice gratitude.

The practice itself is where the power resides.

To A More Grateful You!