One Simple Way I’m Practicing Gratitude Everyday

Do you ever struggle with practicing gratitude?

Are there times that you just don’t feel very grateful?

About a month ago, the Holy Spirit spoke to me in a still small voice.

He told me that I’d begun to get “picky” about the special people in my life.

As he was talking to me, I began to recognize that I had been seeing only the negative when it came to my husband and children.

I am, by nature, a fixer. Because of that, I have guard against correcting the people that I love the most.

The Holy Spirit showed me that I had been complaining a lot. I had been complaining about life and about the people in it.

So, I asked him how I could change this attitude because I felt that it had permeated every part of me. I felt completely helpless to change this attitude.

Friends, The Holy Spirit gave me an idea!

That idea was to dedicate a page in my journal for each of my family members.

At the top of each page, it says….

I’m thankful for _______________because:

Most days, I’m adding something to that list I’m thankful for at least one family member. I’m numbering them and I’m excited to see how many I’ll be able to come up with!

Writing the things I’m grateful for doesn’t always happen every, single day, but I try to do it as often as possible.

Taking it even further

#1: Most days, I’ve also been texting my husband one of the reasons that I’m thankful for him.

#2: I’ve been writing a note to one of my children each day to tell them why I’m thankful for them.

It was pretty exciting when my struggling reader read his all by himself, today!

And you know what?

This simple way of practicing gratitude every day is changing my perspective!

I’m not focusing on the negative things nearly as much anymore.  I’m also loving getting creative with all the reasons that I’m thankful.

4 Bonus ideas for finding gratitude everyday

  • Post-it gratitude notes.

A few years ago, our family wrote something that we were thankful for on a post-it note at supper each night. We continued for one month and we saw an incredible change in all of our attitudes.

  • Help someone in need

There’s just something about helping others that are less fortunate than ourselves that takes the focus off of “poor me” attitudes.

  • Write down the things you’re grateful for.

Some people start gratitude journals. For example, you could make it a goal to find ten things that you’re grateful for by the end of the month.

  • Don’t forget to thank the people around you.

When someone does something for you, even something as simple as holding the door, don’t forget to thank them. And be genuine about it. Include a smile and sweeten up your voice.

How about you? How you do find gratitude when you’re feeling a little less than grateful?

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40 thoughts on “One Simple Way I’m Practicing Gratitude Everyday

    1. Written beautifully Rosanna..and you gave some great thoughts. I have personally seen this work in my life and it started to change me.

  1. Great post, Rosanna. We all need to evaluate our gratitude. It’s easy to fall into the ungrateful trap, especially be negative with our family like you state. Love your ideas and “I’m grateful for ________ because….” Such a great way to practice gratefulness. Thank you and blessings!

    1. Thanks, Karen! I believe this post idea was truly one from the Lord so I can’t really take the credit for it. 🙂 Blessings to you as well!

  2. I love the ideas you recommended! It seems like a lot of people are recognizing the importance of gratitude. I just wrote a piece last week about being intentional about reflecting on blessings everyday (http://stumblingtowardsainthood.com/developing-non-cheesy-catholic-attitude-gratitude/). Another blogger is actually doing a gratitude challenge/ project (https://beautifulcamouflage.com/2017/05/20/the-gratitude-project-in-my-saturdaysunday-best/). Your post is perfect for it.

    1. That’s really cool that you wrote a piece about blessings, Kate! I’ll have to check out the gratitude challenge/project as well. Thanks for telling me about it!

  3. These are great ideas, Rosanna. Just about every November (during the season of thanks), I return to my gatitude journal, but why not all year through? Thank you for encouraging me to make this a daily habit.

  4. That is such a smart idea about a page for each person! Isn’t it crazy how easily complaints creep back into our life? During a very difficult season, I started keeping a list of things I was grateful for. It really is a powerful tool. Great post!

    1. That is so cool to hear, Michele! I love to hear the testimony of what faithfulness in small things can do!

  5. Thank you for these great tips on not only cultivating a heart of gratitude but also letting ours know how much we love and appreciate them. It changes our hearts and theirs as well. Bless you.

  6. This is awesome! The Holy Spirit always has a solution if we just ask, right? I love all these practical tips. I think I may implement the sticky note one for the benefit of my kids’ attitudes. 😉

  7. These are great! Thanks for sharing, Rosanna. I love that you take it further than just listing out what you are thankful for – the “why” is huge. I think it makes it more personal and heartfelt.

    1. Mihaela, It’s true that human nature does have a tendency to want to complain about our loved ones. I think it’s much better to be thankful instead!

  8. I love these ideas of texting your husband reasons you are thankful for him and writing notes to your children about things you are thankful for them, as well! It’s so cool to have it in writing.
    Last year a fellow blogger got me started on a gratitude journal. I don’t do it every day like I should, but it is so healing to go back and read things that I wrote when I am having a down day.
    Another thing about writing it to your peeps, I wrote an encouraging note, I don’t even remember what I wrote, to a dear sister in Christ a number of years ago. When she passed away some time after that, a mutual friend told me that this sister had kept that note in a prominent place where she would see it over and over. It was humbling for me to have been able to write something that touched her so deeply, but we never know when people, even our husband or our kids, are really discouraged and need words of encouragement like those you mentioned above. I bet the kids would like to get theirs as a thank you note that comes through the mail, too! Keep up the good work!

    1. Ruth, your ideas are all so great! I have sent my kids notes in the mail before, I should definitely do that again! Thanks for mentioning it!

  9. Love, love this! Especially the little tips that you shared of how you show gratitude. I am true believer in action. Great post. Thanks for sharing on Salt and light Link Up!!

  10. I love this idea! What a great way to practice gratitude AND show love to the people in your life. I think I want to copy you! Thank you for sharing this post at Grace and Truth last week. I would love to feature it this Friday.

    1. You are welcome to copy my idea,Dawn. That’s so cool that you want to feature my post-thanks so much!

  11. Oh, wow. This is so powerful! Love how doing a few simple things can change our hearts. I’m going to use some of your ideas today! Thanks for sharing.

  12. What an amazing idea. Thank you for sharing it with us. I have meant to start a gratitude journal. Now I can elaborate on it. I like the page for each family member.

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