How To Build a Gratitude Routine

When I was married, my Aunt gave me one of the most special wedding gifts I received. She shared with me a book titled Simple Abundance: A daybook of comfort and joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. This daybook is similar to a daily devotional. There are short essays to read, one for each day, organized into monthly themes. I’ve read through Simple Abundance probably 4 or 5 times. Every time I read it, it’s as though the book is speaking to me where I am, when I need it.

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

Ms. Ban Breathnach starts you off by teaching you about several tools that you carry with you throughout the year. She encourages that you look through fresh eyes at your life, through eyes of gratitude to see all the blessings you’ve been given for the first time. This introduces the gratitude journal.

Surrender your desire. Let go of want and focus on have.

The Gratitude Journal

Each night before bed, in a beautiful journal with a beautiful pen, write down five things that you are grateful for. Start to record the simple joys of your life. Through practice, when amazing things happen, you will recognize in the moment what a blessing you have been given.

What if you woke up today with only the things you were thankful for yesterday?

Recording your gratitude will calm your soul. Drift off to sleep with the list of your blessings dancing through your mind. Be grateful for the abundance of gifts you have received.

Simple joys will become obvious and you will experience gratitude the moment you receive these gifts. Your thankful heart will bless those in your life.

What to Do

  1. Go shopping and find a beautiful blank journal
  2. Watch your experiences today through fresh eyes, notice your blessings
  3. Review your bedtime routine and determine where best to add in the gratitude journal
    1. Sit quietly and reflect on your experiences
    2. Pick five experiences that you are grateful for
    3. Record them in your beautiful journal
    4. Repeat every night and notice how your outlook changes, how you become sensitive to the little things and find yourself giving thanks all day long

Today I challenge you to purchase a beautiful journal and a pen that delights you to write with, tonight, begin your gratitude routine, let me know what you think.