Gratitude is powerful. We have already discussed the benefits of expressing your gratitude to others, but there is great value in taking a moment to acknowledge gratitude - even just to yourself.
No matter our circumstances, we can each find something for which to be grateful: the blue sky that defied forecasts of wind and rain, a smile from a stranger, or the knowledge that tomorrow has the potential to be better than today.
One way to practice the discipline of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. The specifics aren't critical: you can keep records in a good old fashioned spiral notebook - or a beautiful journal - or start a blank document on your computer. You can write a few words - or several pages - or cut and paste a symbolic image from a magazine. What matters most is the act of acknowledging and recording something for which you are grateful in a way that allows you to look back and reflect on brighter times or see small rays of light in dark seasons.
Robert Emmons, a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis who is recognized for his work in positive psychology, has offered research-based tips for making the most of your gratitude journaling experience:
Can you start a new practice of gratitude today? If you already keep a gratitude journal, have you found it helpful? Share your tips with fellow readers in the comments section below.