Gratitude is the Attitude: A how-to guide

To increase gratitude, researchers suggest documenting the good stuff that happens to you each day...just thinking about it isn’t enough. You have to commit it those good feelings to paper.

As you get started, you might need some prompts to get you going. Here are a few to keep in mind:

1. Give it a title (e.g., “my colleague complimented my project”).

2. Detail it. Include what you did or said and, if others were involved, what they did or said.

3. How'd you feel? Include how this event made you feel then and now, in addition to just feeling grateful. “It felt so good to laugh! Even thinking about it now, it still makes me giggle.”

4. Explain what you think caused this event. Was it something you did? Can you replicate it? 

5. Just let it flow. Do not worry about perfect grammar and spelling.

If you find yourself focusing on negative feelings, refocus your mind on the event and the positive feelings that came with it. This can take effort (doesn't everything that is helpful?) but gets easier with practice and can make a real difference in your attitude of gratitude!

Most recent update: 11/20/2017

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