Studies have shown that people who write down and think of things they are grateful for have a more positive outlook on life. I knew someone in my Families Anonymous group that did this every day and she swore by it.
Some say do five things per day, some say three and I say at least do one per day. Even others do one list of five on Monday. How is up to you but writing down one thing per day, sets the tone for your day. If you are in grief now, it might be all you can do to come up with a list of one. I want you to give it a try even if you are early in the process.
Here some examples of mine:
I’m thankful that Richard is so independent and doing well
I’m thankful I’ve had the good fortune of having my parents in my life for so long
I’m thankful Charles was not tortured then murdered. (I know. Kind of dark. But it’s one from my list.)
I’m thankful we went to Families Anonymous which surprisingly helped us later in our grief process
I’m grateful for my blog and all the people who offer support and share their own personal stories that help themselves and others
You get the gist. So one per day. No matter how bad your life is, you can find ONE thing to be thankful for. A simple solution to finding some joy and happiness.