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What is Gratitude? How to Practice Gratitude? With 100 Gratitude Journal Prompts

Posted on the 21 September 2019 by Vidyasury @vidyasury
What is Gratitude? How to practice gratitude? With 100 gratitude journal prompts
"Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts." Henri Frederic Amiel

"What is gratitude? How do you practice gratitude?," These seem like d'uh questions, but it made me stop and think. Gratitude means different things to different people and then, there are those that brush it off and don't believe in it. I know, right? But to each her own.

The question, however, inspired me to write this post. In the course of the discussion that followed that question, we ended up listing ways to practice gratitude. So, to celebrate World Gratitude Day, let's talk about gratitude!

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is that feeling, that emotion we feel when we are thankful for something, someone. Say someone brings you a cup of coffee and you appreciate it, you're being thankful. You can also feel thankful for that green light while driving to work, a gift you received, your friend, your family-anything.

In addition, gratitude is also a sense of awareness-recognizing that you acknowledge the good in your life, your world. When you express this awareness, you're being grateful.

Simple, right?

When we're grateful, it changes our perception of life. With all that we experience on a daily basis, we can easily get sucked into the negative part and wallow in it. As if our own lives aren't enough, we're also bombarded by the media escalating every nasty thing there is. But if you choose to focus on the good, it is not difficult to diminish the negativity. Gratitude can be a powerful way to do this as it changes the way we feel inside.

What are the benefits of practicing gratitude?

Research studies find that practicing gratitude brings plenty of health benefits.

To list just a few, people who practice gratitude:

  • Are happier, more optimistic and satisfied
  • Are less anxious and depressed
  • Have stronger immune systems with
  • Have fewer symptoms of illness
  • Sleep better
  • Enjoy stronger relationships
  • Recover faster from trauma
  • Feel more connected
  • Do not play the blame game
  • Show more empathy
  • Are non-judgmental
  • Are more compassionate
  • Recognize and appreciate what they have
  • Attract more happiness
  • Live a better quality of life

In fact, gratitude transforms the way you see your life. You focus on what you have rather than what you don't. You know what they say about getting what you expect. When you expect good things to happen, they do.

Which brings us to the question...

How do you practice gratitude?

Believe it or not, it can be hard to practice gratitude sometimes, simply because we may not be in the mood to do so. Which is why it is best to create the habit of practicing gratitude. How? The easiest and most effective way is to start a gratitude journal, where you can write down what you're grateful for on a daily/weekly basis.

Here's my step by step guide to starting and keeping a gratitude journal

You can write in this gratitude journal as soon as you wake up, or before you go to bed at night, when you're relatively relaxed. Keep the journal on your bedside table. Or you can journal whenever you're most comfortable. Maybe you prefer to do it at lunch time-it's up to you.

Also, to practice gratitude, you can keep a physical gratitude journal or a digital one. I personally prefer to hand write in my pretty, pretty journal, playing with color pencils and sometimes doodling-there's a special joy in writing, seeing the words on paper.

But please do what you feel happiest doing. It's easy to keep one on your mobile on the go. There are just no rules!

Why keep a gratitude journal, though?

Why not just stop for a moment every day and think about what you are grateful for? Of course, you can. But then, journaling has its advantages. Gratitude is not about being grateful for a few minutes. When you journal, it helps you make it a daily habit and when you do it consistently, it becomes part of your daily routine. You change your perspective.

Besides, writing it down makes it possible to go back and browse through your journal and this can be really uplifting on days when you feel low. It's a great reminder of all the good things you experience in your life.

And yes, gratitude needs practice. The transformation in your mindset does not happen overnight-which is why it needs to be a habit. The shift is gradual and over time, you'll feel lighter, happier, more appreciative of what you have.

Just commit to making it part of your daily routine. Set aside a little time-maybe 10 minutes-to reflect on your day, your thoughts, your feelings.

Stuck on what to write in your gratitude journal? Yes, it can be challenging to practice gratitude sometimes. There may be days when you feel you've run out of things to be grateful for. So, a little nudge can be helpful. The good news is, there is nothing too big or too small to express gratitude for.

Also, remember that you need not make long lists. In fact, just listing 3 things every day keeps it simple and easy to practice gratitude.

Here are 100 prompts to help you practice gratitude and write your gratitude journal. What is Gratitude? How to practice gratitude? With 100 gratitude journal prompts What is Gratitude? How to practice gratitude? With 100 gratitude journal prompts

100 prompts to practice gratitude

"Get rich quick! Count your blessings!"
"When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears." Anthony Robbins
"Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It's the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul." Amy Collette
"Eat, drink and be thankful!"
"We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." Cynthia Ozick
"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty."
"What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude." Brene Brown

" 'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding." Alice Walker

96. Things others in my life have done that I am thankful for
97. What I see right now that I can be grateful for
98. Who am I grateful to for teaching me something lately?
99. Physical sensations am I grateful for right now
100. Something I enjoy right now that I can be grateful for
101. An unexpected kindness I received this week
102. An accomplishment I am grateful for this week

Yes, two bonus prompts, because it is hard to stop when you get going! Mix and match. Enjoy!

Express your gratitude. Practice gratitude. Let those you care about know. Keep a gratitude journal. Stay positive.

How do you practice gratitude?

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