What are ‘gratitudes’?
I started writing gratitudes on the recommendation of Natalie Ellis, CEO of BossBabe.
Essentially, your ‘gratitudes’ are the things you are grateful for: the great things that happened that day, the people that have impacted you in a positive way, the life that you lead and the privilege with which you conduct it.
Why should I document my gratitudes?
There’s loads of great reasons to recognise the things you are grateful for.
- It’s really therapeutic. Taking 5 or 10 minutes out of your evening to write down the highlights of your day is an utterly relaxing experience. It encourages you to chill-out and boosts your mood.
- It’s good for your mental health. Taking stock of the good in your life helps to keep depression and anxiety at bay. You can remind yourself that ‘hey, my life is actually pretty good!’
- It helps to alleviate stress. Lists, in general, make you feel in control. When life is getting on top of you, a simple list of everything that’s going well is a good way to relax your spinning mind.
- It encourages an abundance mindset. Living with an abundance mindset means that you’re always satisfied that there is enough. Enough good, enough money, enough happiness. Keeping track of the things that make you happy is a sure fire way to produce a healthy abundance mindset.
How should I document my gratitudes?
People keep track of their gratitudes in different ways.
You could write them as Notes in your phone, record them as voice notes, write them on a whiteboard, sketch them out or simply jot them down.
I have a beautiful canvas notepad with flamingos on it (cute, riiiight?). Every night before I go to bed, well… usually whilst I’m in bed, I get out the coloured fine-liners and I write out 10(ish) things I’m grateful for that day – in my best handwriting, of course!
What kind of things do you write as gratitudes?
I try to split my gratitudes up across business, people and personal life.
For example: I got a new client/sent a quote/answered a referral. [Friend] invited me for coffee and we had a lovely chat. I got the house tidy and finally fixed that [inanimate object].
I love writing my gratitudes before bed. I sleep better when I end the day on the positives, rather than the stresses. Being creative makes me happy, so getting the coloured pens out is yet another bonus!
EXTRA TIP: Put the date at the top of the page – when you look back, you’ll be able to pinpoint significant events – or little events that became significant!