How A Daily Gratitude Practice Has Changed My Life
It’s Sunday, a day of rest and rejuvenation, so I want to share why I started hosting daily gratitude challenges in my private Facebook group. (If you want to join, DM me on Instagram.)
Sometimes, I feel so far away from who I really am. I feel like I'm just floating from one moment to the next, so busy and bothered. I'm vulnerable to stress and suffer from anxiety attacks so those low feelings can happen a lot. I started my first Facebook gratitude challenge last year when I wanted to kick myself out of a rut. From my spiritual and personal studies over the years, I knew that gratitude is a really easy way to get into a higher vibrational state.
I first started doing my own daily gratitude practice in college. At the time, I was a heartbroken, sad little girl and I was tired of feeling so down all the time. I needed a pick-me-up badly. So, for an entire year, I wrote one thing I was grateful for each day in one of those small daily planners meant for kids. It only had about three lines for each day, so it was easy to come up with a few words about what I was grateful for. I did this every day! I could get it done within a minute. Some days, I'd take longer if I were especially happy.
At the end of every month, I would flip back a few pages and notice what days were harder for me to find something I was grateful for. On those days, I'd lean on something general, like: "I'm grateful that I got out of bed today." Then I'd notice things that I was extremely excited about. For example, I'd write: "I had a really amazing talk with my sister" or "I met a beautiful man who asked me out on a date."
I started to notice the highs and lows I go through and saw a definite pattern. Life goes up, then it goes down, but then it comes back up again, and then it goes back down. That's the nature of this human experience. No feeling truly lasts forever.
But at the end of the year, when the notebook was filled with 365 days of "thank yous" to the universe, I did notice one thing that remained constant.
It was that every day, no matter how I felt, there was SOMETHING to be grateful for, no matter how large and exciting or small and mundane.
And it really shifted me because I wanted a shift in my life.
Now, I don't think "gratitude" will solve everyone's personal problems. I especially don't think a practice of gratitude will help anyone who isn't truly seeking a shift in their lives.
But for those who want it and need it and crave it, this small daily practice is here to really change the way you see your world.
If you’d like to join my Facebook group, send me a message on Instagram and I’ll send you a link to join. Here’s the thing, though: Only join if you are ready to make a shift in your life. You don’t necessarily have to engage if you’re shy (trust me, I’ve been a wallflower in many a Facebook group), but I am proud of the little community I’ve created. So if you’re in need of some support and want a daily dose of positivity or inspiration, come on in.