Write Down 3 Things for Which You Are Grateful
- Each day, in the same place, write down three things you are grateful for or that were high points of your day.
- There is no “significance” requirement — these things can be big or small, as long as they matter to you.
- You can use any combination of gratitude or positivity you want. You can also include things you learned that day, as long as you consider them to be something that will help you.
- There is no requirement that you had a great day or that you feel “great” in order to complete this practice.
Why Is This Practice Important?
When you are improvement minded, it is easy to get caught up in what’s wrong, what needs work, or where you’re falling short. While it’s not a bad thing to be able to assess yourself and your progress, what’s already great can easily escape your notice or get taken for granted.
Creating a practice where you seek out and identify the positive can create a mindset that allows you to appreciate what you have, in addition to wanting to build on it. We’re not hardwired to look at the things that are working or that simply bring us joy. It can be easy to lose sight on a regular basis that there is a lot great in our lives.
And it ain’t just for the “feelies,” either. Researcher suggests that people who practice gratitude regularly experience a host of benefits related to overall health and well-being — from stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure to higher levels of joy and connectedness.