At the end of March I will have used my 6-minute diary for half a year and I’ll be needing a brand new one, because I intend to keep going with my newfound routine. One of the things the diary asks you to do is to show gratitude for three things that come up in your mind. Also, you need to do this early in the morning, not at the end of the day, which is also a good time for doing it. But doing it early in the morning really gets you thinking I’ve found!
There are a lot of benefits for writing down things you’re grateful for. There have been extensive studies on this subject and that is why it is included in the 6-minute diary. And now that I’ve done this for nearly four months, I can tell that I do enjoy the benefits that come with it.
What being grateful does for me
Writing down what you’re thankful for makes you realise just how much you actually have to be grateful about. Instead of focusing on everything you don’t have, it’s much better to focus on what you do have. It’s a much more positive way of looking at things and I’ve found out I have a lot to be grateful about. Even small things, like enjoying an evening reading a book with Bren, or having a good time with friends. The thing is that by doing this in the morning, you’ll already have stood still to realise that there’s good things in your life you’re grateful about. I do feel less grumpy in the morning, although I still need copious amounts of coffee to function at work. Some things never change. 😛
Trying it for yourself
If you’re not already doing so, why not try and find yourself a nice notebook and take some time every day to write down three things you’re grateful for? I really can’t recommend it enough. If you want to feel more positive, experience a little bit less stress, you should give it a go!