The Power of a Gratitude List
One of my brother-in-laws has a daily morning train commute of over an hour. He spends this time writing a gratitude list. It can be as simple as his cup of hazelnut coffee, or as deep as his belief in God. Once his list is complete, he sends it to any friend or family member who wants to read it. A few months ago I asked to be included because I believe in the power of a gratitude list.
Each day as I read his list, I take time to think about my own gratitude list. He likes to make a list of ten things each day. Sometimes the same things are on the list, with a different twist so it’s not repetitious. I like to respond with one thing I’m grateful for each day. I try to think of the simple things, like running water or my car that gets me to work, and then spend the day really thinking about how those things impact my life. I like to listen to gratitude filled Ted Talks and on the Gratefulness website. I once read if you can’t find anything to be grateful for, you should hold your breath…and soon you’ll be grateful for your ability to breathe.
There is no right or wrong way to make a gratitude list. I do believe it’s important to make one. A gratitude list is a powerful tool that helps us to be happy. Starting each morning thinking of all the things I have keeps my mind off the things I don’t. If you want to be a happier human, try thinking of one thing every day that you’re grateful for.
So today, I’m grateful for my brother-in-law, who takes the time to include me in his morning routine.
Yours in Gratitude,