Gratitude has been linked, over and over, with a healthy life and a positive outlook.

There is, however, a big difference between being grateful and expressing it. If you appreciate something but never let it be known, one could argue you don’t really appreciate it fully.

One great way to reap the benefit of living with gratitude is to write it down.

In his book, 59 Seconds, Richard Wiseman gives a formula for journaling each week.

Monday: Thanksgiving

Write down those things, big or small, for which you are grateful. Health, home, friends, family, meaningful work, provision, grace, friendship, and on and on. Make a list. As the old hymn says, Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done…

Tuesday: Terrific Times

Think back to a great time you had recently or in the past. Make a note of the feelings you had during these times. Use this perspective as you live your life in expectation. The best is yet to come.

Wednesday: Fantastic Future

Imagine a great future in whatever area of life you choose – marriage, education, finances, relationships, etc. Write a snapshot of your preferred future and let it sink in. No pressure, just write it and let it be.

Thursday: Dear _________,

Write a letter to a special person in your life. You don’t have to plan to send it unless you want to. Reflect on why important individuals in your life are so important and put it in words.

Friday: Review It

Take a look at your journal and allow gratefulness to fill your heart and mind.

Are you a journaler? I would love to hear what works for you.

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