5 Tips for Your Perfect Gratitude List
By Mia Fox
Author, Mindset Coach & no BS Manifesting Rockstar
Gratitude greatly influenced my success. When I noticed this, I was looking for more and more ways to express my gratitude. And a gratitude list (or a gratitude journal) is a wonderful law of attraction tool, and definitely helps you to manifest faster. So I wanted to know how I could make my gratitude list more powerful.
But how do you start a gratitude list that actually will actually skyrocket your manifestation success? Here are five tips for your perfect gratitude list:
1. Write It by Hand
2. Make It an Ongoing List
3. Re-read Your Gratitude List
4. Make It a Story
5. Write Down Your Reasons
While the root of all evil is negative thoughts, the opposite is true for positive ones. And with a gratitude list, you can easily shift your mind into positive thoughts, while concentrating on all the good things in your life and for what you are thankful for.
But before I get into more detail of the five tips for your gratitude journal, let's quickly have a look why this tool is so powerful.
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Why Is a Gratitude Journal so Powerful
I wrote about this topic in my post on how to create your own happiness, where I also mentioned how a gratitude list or gratitude journal could help you to see the positive things in your life and attract more of them.
What is actually, at the time I'm writing this, my most shared post ever, you will find in this post more reasons to start a gratitude journal or list. It’s such a small change in your life but so powerful.
But it doesn’t even stop there. There have been countless studies, showing that expressing gratitude has a positive effect on your physical or psychological health.
The good thing is, there is always something in life to be grateful for, because when it comes to a gratitude list, nothing is too small to add it to the list.
It’s truly just about the feeling of being grateful. The universe will not know if it’s for the new shiny car you have waiting in your garage or you just found the love of your life
Nor will it see any difference to you saying thank you for just having the time in the morning to eat breakfast with your family or made it in time to the bus, even though you have been late.
I’m grateful for small things, like living in a place that is only a short walk from my gym. For some people, the gym may be more of a pain, but for me, it means the world that I can just quickly go up there and work out, or have some relaxing time at the wellness area, whenever I feel like.
So start to look around you and discover new things every day that you can be grateful for.
How to Start a Gratitude List
But if you never had a gratitude list in your life, or maybe you don’t just know where to start, let’s do a little exercise first:
Write down five things you are grateful for right now. As I mentioned above, it does not matter how big or how small they are.
Now, please reflect how easy it was to write these five things down.
If you are feeling great about the five things you did write on paper and they came to you just naturally, great. You can skip the next step and move on to the different ways of implementing a gratitude list into your life.
But maybe you struggle with those five points, and it did just not feel right? Or you didn’t find five things to be grateful for?
Don’t worry, this happens to many people, and it’s ok. Think about how we live these days, when you watch the news you most likely only see pain and sufferings in the world. When you ask a colleague how she or he is doing, you will most likely hear this person complaining about something, even if it’s only the weather.
So in case you struggle to come up with five points for your gratitude list, there is an exercise that I found to be very helpful.
Take a piece of paper and write down everything in your mind that is negative. Everything that comes up. While we should not concentrate on the negative, sometimes just writing it down, really helps.
It’s like when you can’t fall asleep at night because you have so many things on your mind, writing them down helps you to get them out of your head and on paper.
The same does work with negative feelings and thoughts.
When you finished writing, tear the paper apart, and trash it. You won’t need these negative feelings anymore; it’s ok to let them go.
You may repeat this a few times, that’s ok, it’s a helpful little ritual. Whenever you need to, try again to come up with five things you are grateful for.
You can repeat this ritual as often as needed. Don’t worry if it takes you days or even weeks. Personal Growth and changing your mindset is a process and the change will happen but maybe not overnight.
Some change will come very quick, some may take a bit longer.
Tips on How to Implement a Daily Gratitude List
There are many ways on how you can implement a gratitude list into your everyday life. And there is no right or wrong; you should choose a way that feels right for you. Something you know you can keep up with, on a daily basis.
To build a habit, you should do things regularly, best every day. And actually, do things is mostly more important than the how.
Still, I like to give you some input on how you can implement a gratitude list into your daily life and make your gratitude even more powerful.
1. WRITE IT BY HAND
Handwriting is more powerful in a process like this, and also it slows down the process, means that every word you write down has more time to set into your subconscious mind.
For example, in a study conducted by the University of Stavanger, they found out that writing by hand makes the process of learning stronger. When you write by hand, your brain receives some kind of feedback from the writing itself (motor action), but also from touching the materials like paper and pen.
And they also found out, that this feedback was very different when touching or typing on a keyboard, like on your computer or mobile phone.
That said, if writing a gratitude list on the notepad on your phone is the only way for you to implement this on a daily basis, you should do so.
Maybe you don't see how you can fit in a gratitude journal into your busy schedule and your commute into the office is the only time left? No problem. As mentioned above, actually doing it is still more important than the how.
2. MAKE IT AN ONGOING LIST
Get yourself a beautiful notebook, resting on your bedside table, ready to pick up every morning.
A gratitude journal should be something ongoing. Surely you will repeat some of the points but always look out for new things you are grateful for.
I bet, after a while, more of these things will show up. The universe is fast in giving feedback, that's what the law of attraction is all about!
But it is, of course, ok to repeat some points. I write down the fact, that I found Tom, my absolute dream husband, at least six days out of 7. It’s ok, some things you are grateful for are just too great only to write them done once.
3. RE-READ YOUR GRATITUDE LIST
Sometimes you will probably struggle with your gratitude list, that’s ok. You can always go back to the ritual with writing down negative thoughts and tear apart the paper whenever you feel this could be helpful.
But also an excellent way to set you in the right state of mind is re-reading your list or some points on it. Especially when you read them out loud.
I also do this as a little ritual during the day. It’s so nice to focus on the things you are grateful for, and this will lift you straight away.
If you do write your list in the morning, as part of your morning routine, what I highly suggest you to do so, it is a good idea to end your day and re-read what you wrote done in the morning. Here you may also want to add a few more points to your list.
4. MAKE IT A STORY
Describe your life and explain how thankful you are about all these things. Making a story out of your gratitude list is a great idea. Whenever possible, take some extra time for your list. In fact, it’s one of the reasons why I get up at 4:30 am every morning.
Don’t just write down: “I’m grateful for having the gym near my house.”
Write instead: “I’m thankful for being able to go to the gym whenever I want. I’m so thankful that my gym is only a 2 minutes walk away from my home. Sometimes I walk up there for half an hour relaxing in the sauna or a short HIIT workout. I love the short walk around my neighborhood along the little park”.
You may even want to add some drawings. Be creative; this is YOUR reflection on your beautiful life.
5. WRITE DOWN REASONS
When you write out what you are thankful for in your life, it’s always a good idea to write down the reasons for it. Why exactly are you grateful for those things?
It's a great way to reflect on your life and makes the whole process more powerful.
When I write on my gratitude list that I’m thankful for having the gym next door, I may also write that this is great because it saves me a lot of time that I would otherwise spend in the car to drive to the gym.
Thanks for saving the time, I can fit in a workout more often even with a hectic and tight work schedule. I could also write that it is convenient that I can walk up there already in my workout clothes.
You see what I mean? Writing down reasons makes everything so much more powerful, and your subconscious mind will understand the importance of this point and bring more of it into your life.
Btw, my husband Tom likes to talk to himself what he is grateful for when he gets ready in the morning. He has a very busy job and travels a lot, so this helps him to do his gratitude exercise wherever he is, and he can get ready for work at the same time.
I hope this post helped you to jump-start your gratitude list. Or maybe a gratitude journal is something you are doing for quite a long time but you appreciate to get some new input?
I genuinely hope you enjoyed these five tips on creating your perfect gratitude journal and this LoA tool will bring you more success in manifesting your dreams.
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About the Author
Mia Fox is a trained NLP & Mindset Coach with nearly a decade of experience. After finally finding the secret behind "The Secret," she changed her money mindset and started to design her dream life. Since then, it is her big passion to inspire women around the world to do the same. She is the founder behind the SelfMadeLadies Blog and the author of the bestselling book "Become the CEO of Your Dream Life", teaching her advanced manifesting formula, giving women a practical no BS approach to the Law of Attraction and Manifestation.
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