have an attitude of gratitude

Do you have an attitude of gratitude about your life? Ever think about what you’re thankful for in your life? Yes? No? Sometimes? Never?

I do!

Every morning I pick up my phone and write down three things I’m grateful for before I get out of bed. Three things that would make the day great along with a thought/theme/affirmation for my day.

Every evening I write down three amazing things that happened during the day. Included in this daily routine are: the occasional picture, and review what could have made the day even better. It has been a daily routine that has profoundly impacted how I look at life, and how I feel at the start of the day and what I focus on ending my day. And it all takes about five minutes.

Living with an attitude of gratitude.

The world around us is so full of negativity, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with the amount of negative news that happens in life. Equally easy is to allow that negativity creep into our mental and emotional state of well-being.

I don’t know about you but I prefer to choose to live my day focused on the positive instead of dwelling on the negative.

No matter what is going on in the world, or in my life, I make it a point to think about at least three things I’m grateful for each day and write them down.

At the beginning of the year, I stumbled across 5 Minute Journal due to a Tim Ferris video, author of the 4 Hour Work Week.

I love the idea of writing in a journal, but the reality of my life with 3 kids, a full-time job, consulting, my health/fitness and writing for a living…a daily long form journal does not get a lot of consistent action.

5 Minute Journal was/is a revolution to my daily routine.

5 Minute Journal created a nifty hardbound journal that you can write down what you’re grateful for, what would make today great to start off your day. They include an inspirational quote at the top of the page and then at the end of the day you can review your day with what made today amazing and what could have happened to make it better.

gratitude 5 minute journal

For me, I prefer to use the 5 Minute Journal app I downloaded to my iPhone. Makes it easy to write my thoughts down, capture images of the day that made the day great and as I’m in bed, to quickly review my thoughts of the day.

As I reviewed the months’ worth of gratitude journaling with 5 Minute Journal, the trend of what I’m grateful for is pretty apparent. I’m often writing that I’m grateful for the love of my wife, the sound of my daughter’s laughter or look on her face when she smiles at me, grateful for the freedom my job affords me to work at home and be with my family. My health. Or the simple blessing of sitting on a lanai and seeing this view:

grateful for this view

I truly focus on what’s important in my life, how blessed I am, and stay in touch with the gift that life has in spite of days that are not so great. Having an attitude of gratitude really keeps me thinking positive instead of dwelling on the negative in those times.

If you want to develop an attitude of gratitude about your life, take a few minutes to think about what you’re grateful for today. And if you want to make being grateful a habit, go get the 5 Minute Journal book or download the app.