In a world full of debt, drama, poverty, and conflict, it’s hard to hold on to hope and appreciate the good things in life, because it’s sometimes hard to see the good things. Depression is growing at an alarming rate, which adds to this issue. We have to consciously think about the good in life to attempt to drown out the bad, which is easier said than done, especially if depression is a factor. The key is to make positive thinking a habit, so that you don’t have to think about thinking positive; it just happens.
Disclosure: I received the following products for free in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are honest, and my own.
Grace of Gratitude Journal
One way to make positive thinking a habit is to keep a gratitude journal. Anytime you start to feel overwhelmed, pull out the journal and write something you’re thankful for – whether it’s a person, place, thing, idea, or whatever. Gratitude starts with mindfulness. A good option – for either the novice or anyone experienced in being mindful gratitude – to get you started, keep you started, or just aid you on your journey of gratitude, is the Grace of Gratitude Journal designed by Deborah Perdue and filled with the artwork of Tara Thelen.
As those who have experienced the Grace of Gratitude already know, feeling gratitude is a gateway to more bliss, contentment, well-being and peace in life. Feeling appreciative, feeling grateful, and recognizing the blessing in our lives can be a direct line to more joy! Sometimes the simplest things in life can go unnoticed, and the practice of journaling your gratitude will help you recognize so many more blessings in your life.
Being grateful will most certainly transform your life in powerful ways! Forty days of repeated practice will become a habit. Writing five or ten gratitudes per day as you feel inspired is a good beginning. You should soon notice how your spirit is uplifted and the practice becomes a natural part of your daily life. (From Grace of Gratitude Journal.)
The Grace of Gratitude Journal has space to write gratitudes, examples of gratitudes by Deborah Perdue, and artwork by Tara Thelen to inspire the journalist to fill the journal with thankfulness and take on a grateful and positive mindset.
This journal is absolutely beautiful, and I love reading Deborah Perdue’s little gratitudes. One example is “I am grateful for my joyful, passionate heart.” It’s so simple. It’s easy to think “I’m grateful for a roof over my head,” but how many of us would think to be grateful for the state of our hearts? This journal allows the journalist to explore the many areas that he or she might otherwise overlook. It’s the simple things in life!
Mindful gratitude is something that I need to practice. I’m not great at it, so the Grace of Gratitude Journal is a good prompt for me. The suggestion of five to ten gratitudes per day is also a good prompt; it’s not like I have to think of every single thing that I’ve ever been grateful for, or should be grateful for.
I highly recommend the Grace of Gratitude Journal for anyone who feels overwhelmed by life, whatever that may entail. You can find out more about and purchase the journal here , or find out more about Deborah Perdue here and Tara Thelen here.
Molly Maurer (blog intern)