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As Thanksgiving approaches the topic of gratitude becomes more and more popular. The Verde at Greenbelt Station Blog is sharing a suggestion to help develop more gratitude in your life: keeping a gratitude journal. Keep reading for some tips and suggestions on having a journal.

Write Daily

To get the greatest outcome from your gratitude journal, it is best to write in it every day. Find something that you were grateful for during the day, explain what caused you to feel grateful for that thing, and what it is about it that makes you feel grateful. It takes twenty-one consecutive days to establish a habit, but only seven days to break one.

Be Descriptive

Just making a list of things you are grateful for is good, but it is better to go into detail about your gratitude. Why are you thankful for that particular thing, person, or experience? What difference has it made in your life? By taking the time to reflect and respond to these questions, you allow your gratitude to instill deeper into your heart and mind and go beyond a superficial task.

Find Good in the Bad

A difficult situation or circumstance can make it hard to feel grateful, but good things often come from hard or bad times. Maybe you learned something important that you wouldn’t have otherwise. If that experience didn’t happen you might not have met certain people or had the opportunities that came later from it. There is always something to be grateful for, sometimes you just have to look a little harder.

What other tips would you add to this post? Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments. We enjoy hearing from you. Thanks for taking the time to read our post. Have a wonderful month and a Happy Thanksgiving full of gratitude!