I used to be really ungrateful. And I still can be.
The simple act of a “gratitude” list has helped me enormously in keeping things in perspective.
I first started doing gratitude lists about 13 years ago. I really needed to. I was going though a fairly tumultuous time, which included stopping drinking alcohol and I was struggling to make sense of things. It was hard for me to get happy about lots of aspects of my life, more specifically learning to cope with situations without boozing, and I needed help.
I discovered the gratitude list. A “tool” I could hook into on a daily basis to cultivate a better attitude.
I do a gratitude list most days now and always in my head I am looking at things and moments in my life to cherish.
I’ve been using a gratitude journal iPhone app by Happy Tapper for over a year now and it’s been a great way to do “gratitude on the go”!
The app allows you to upload photos and encourages users to list five things to be grateful for.
There’s a free version and a 99c app. The iPad version is $2.99.
Of course, there’s old school pen and paper. I also buy cute and very affordable notebooks at Go-Lo (Reject Shop and Sam’s Warehouse sell similar ones).