Ever found yourself feeling down?  Or like things just aren’t as good in your life as you wish they were?

I think everyone gets those feelings once in a while.  One thing I like to suggest to clients who are feeling bad about where they are is to start a gratitude journal.  You may have read this recommendation before – especially if you like to read blogs – I know I’ve seen it at various times.  I’ve even seen challenges to do this.

But . . . it can seem daunting.  If you are already stressed or down, adding something else to your “to-do” list can feel overwhelming.

If this is you, check out MY version of a gratitude journal (and it’s a great keepsake too!):gratitude journal

Every year in December I make a photo wall calendar for myself (and the grandmas cause it’s just as easy to order three as one!) with pictures of the kids.  Instead of a formal gratitude journal, I jot down something I am grateful for each day of the month.  It’s easy, it’s right in front of me daily (so I don’t forget and I can look at it when I need a lift), and at the end of the year, what a cool reminder of my wonderful life (with pictures of my family to boot!).

I really encourage you to give this little practice a try.  I know you can find SOMETHING to be grateful for each day, and all those little positive thoughts will snowball – before you know it, you’ll be in a much more positive frame of mind.

Interested in some more research on the benefits of feeling grateful?  Here are a couple of my favorite books that touch on the topic:

  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • 29 Gifts by Cami Walker
  • One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Check out these books at the library or check them out on my Amazon page HERE.

Need some more pep in your step?  Try Peppermint Essential Oil – our oil of the month – it’s one of my FAVORITES!  One drop has the same amount of peppermint as 28 cups of peppermint tea – that’s some strong stuff!  And when I need some extra energy, I am grateful for the lovely smell!  Learn more about it HERE or get your own bottle HERE.

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