This year, like most others, I was gung ho on establishing resolutions, to last longer than the one – two week, new year’s high. I was intent on creating mindful habits for myself, whether others understood or not. So brass I know.
One of these habits to matriculate was creating, and maintaining a gratitude journal. There are numerous articles on the benefit and bliss of gratitude, and the effects of just simply acknowledging what you were grateful for in the moment. During yoga, and personal journaling I have done this once or twice but to make it a habit is head and heart healthy; and I need more of that.
To keep it simple and obtainable, again the goal is to create a habit to last longer than a couple weeks, I made it a to-do to list 3 things right now ( whether I got to it morning, noon, or before bed) I am grateful for. As the days moved along, some days had upwards of 10 and some the minimum three.
Instead of buying ANOTHER notebook (guilty pleasure); I created my own. I randomly bought a pack of 3 blank hardcover notebooks (the ones they give to kids in grade school) from Target for $3, months ago with the knowledge that YES one day I will use these.
January 1 was that lucky day for a blank book. With my watercolors in hand, I decorated the front and back, and doodled on the first page “Today I am grateful for…” And the rest is recent history. I am already in the second month and I make sure to pack this little guy even when i travel to keep up on it.
Research says it takes 3 weeks (21days) to create a habit; now, onto month two I have created a habit where even when I begin to feel stress, anger, anxiety, I think ‘ok what am I grateful for in this moment’
Not say it is ever easy, but it’s a step and start in the positive direction.