Yes, I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, especially since we’re now six weeks into 2014, and the “newness” of a fresh year worn off for most of us: Keeping a gratitude journal maximizes positive endorphin flow.
Just taking a few minutes each day to focus on what is right, improves your mindset and invites more high-energy vibrations to flow your way. And the more specific and sensory you are in the details, the higher the level of satisfaction.
For instance, instead of “dinner was yummy,” try writing something like “the seasoning on the pot roast set my tongue to dancing!” Or in lieu of, “it was a nice sunset” try “the pinks and purples, along with the reds and oranges of the setting sun mesmerized me like staring at a campfire.”
But don’t think you have to wax poetic to reap the benefits of writing your joys down. Even a short, enumerated list will jumpstart your happiness quotient. The point is to Just Do It, in your own style, in a notebook or even in a document file on your computer set aside for just this purpose.
Give it the next six weeks. Commit to writing down your gratitudes for the next 42 days. You’ll be amazed at how much you have to be thankful for, and how much better you’ll sleep when your focus is on what’s good about each day.