My next guest in The Gratitude Series is Cathy Lawdanski from My Side of 50. I’ve known Cathy for almost 3 years through a blogging group. Cathy is an energetic and motivated lady and I’m pleased that she agreed to share her thoughts with us as part of The Gratitude Series. Today Cathy provides us with ways to start a Gratitude Journal. You can also connect with Cathy through her website and social media from the links at the end of this post.
4 Simple Tools to Help You Start A Gratitude Journal
Gratitude. Being grateful for what we have. Thanking God for our blessings. Saying “thank you” in response to a kind gesture. All of these things make a difference in our attitude, outlook and relationships.
What place does gratitude have in your life?
Having a grateful heart can be hard – especially at midlife. We are bombarded with negative news 24/7. And then there are other things that seem to come up even more often or more specifically at this time of life.
- Losing loved ones
- Health issues
- Living on a less income than we have before
- Feelings of regret over the past
- Anxiety about the future
Focus on these very real things can definitely steal our joy. But the thing is – we don’t have to focus on the negative. We can choose to be grateful for the good things.
One way to be intentional about a practice of gratitude is by writing down the things you are grateful for in a gratitude journal. Somehow the practice of writing it down makes those wonderful blessings much more concrete. And you can go back look at them over and over.
Here are several ways to keep a gratitude journal.
1. It can be as simple as just getting a spiral notebook and writing down 3 things you are grateful for every day.
2. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a prompt like these:
3. If you want to be a little more fancy, get one of these pre-printed journals complete with prompts, quotes and beautiful artwork:
And don’t forget a set of pretty colorful pens to write with – especially if you are a Bullet Journal person.
I’m not much of a pen to paper writer. So I prefer the online journal Penzu. It’s free, user friendly and 100% customizable. And you can even use Penzu on your phone!
4. If you want to be totally mobile, consider these gratitude journals specifically for your phone:
Have you ever thought of keeping a Gratitude Journal?
Connect with Cathy
Cathy Lawdanski is the blogger behind My Side of 50, where she provide inspiration and education for women 45+ who are facing the adventures and challenges midlife brings. She blogs about family, fashion, travel, health & wellness and entertainment.