A very special ritual that can be practised during the thanksgiving season is the keeping of a thanksgiving journal.
It is a simple but powerful way to recognise the positive aspects of our lives
and to cultivate our gratitude. This is how it works:
What does a thanksgiving journal do?
- Find a notebook that you like: it can be a very simple notebook with blank pages or a special thanksgiving journal.
- Take your time: find a quiet moment each day to write in your thanksgiving journal, either in the morning to start the day on a positive note, or in the evening to end the day in gratitude.
- Reflect on your day: review the day and consciously think about the events and encounters that brought you joy. These can be big or small, for example a friendly smile, a tasty ice cream, a great compliment, a successful project or even a sunset.
- Write down what you are grateful for, for example: “I am grateful for the loving support of my family, who always encourage me to live my dream and are at my side even in difficult times.”
- Maintain it: the more regularly you keep your thanksgiving journal, the more effective it becomes. Make it a daily habit and you will soon notice how your perception of matters changes.
A thanksgiving journal is not only a fine ritual to observe during the thanksgiving season, but also an exercise that can be practised all year round.
By focusing on those things that you are grateful for, you distract your attention from negative thoughts and emotions.
You focus on the beautiful, which in turn creates a more positive outlook on life.
Keeping a thanksgiving journal can also help to reduce stress
and build resilience
when confronted with difficult situations. By expressing our gratitude for others, we foster an atmosphere of appreciation and can deepen our relationships. Last but not least, writing promotes mindfulness and self-reflection. A thanksgiving journal helps to open our minds to the beauty and goodness that surround us.