Yesterday, if you took my example of what to write about, you probably mentioned some of the things you did during the day (or you planned on doing if you wrote in the morning). You may have identified some feelings, for example if something made you happy or angry. You basically wrote what came to mind.
On the top of your page, write the header of your choice: Thank Yous, I am Thankful for, I feel Gratitude for… whichever attracts you most. If you always use the same header, you will be able to go back and see what you have been grateful for over the last weeks, months or even years. Of course, don’t forget to add the date below or to one side.
I often get the question: Who does one thank? You don’t need to identify who you will thank for these. The simple acknowledgement that these things made you happy is Gratitude. A more religious individual will want to thank God (each religion will name The Lord differently). Others may want to thank the Universal Energy or the Energy within themselves. I want to make it clear that it doesn’t matter which you choose to thank, as long as you feel Gratitude.
As you write the items you feel thankful for in a list, stop at each point and feel the soft breeze of happiness within you. That’s your Focal Smile!
This is a great way to start writing when you don’t know what to write. It is meaningful, it makes you think and identify things that you may have taken for granted, it fills you with positive energy and encourages you to keep writing more.
You should consider having a “Thank You” page every now and then, maybe as regularly as once a week at least. With its uplifting nature, it can help direct your writing in a positive way. In addition, the positive feeling of Gratitude is addictive so you’ll eventually want to come back to your journal often and enumerate more things to be grateful for.
Try it out and tell me how it feels!