A-Z Challenge,  Journaling

Journaling: G is for Gratitude

The mental health benefits associated with gratitude journaling are well-known. Since I’ve written about them before, I won’t repeat the information here.

However, gratitude journaling is not just about giving thanks.

For example, when my children were younger we read the picture book, Could be Worse! by James Stevenson. After each negative experience, Grandpa would always quip: Could be worse. When life is difficult and joy seems distant, I begin this challenge. I imagine how life could be worse. I could not have a warm home … or nutritious meals … or adequate clothing. This exercise alone helps me to practice gratitude.

Another similar exercise is to count my blessings. How was I blessed today? It could be as simple as the warm sun shining through the open window, or the first green blade of grass after a particularly hard winter. Once I write one blessing, more come to mind. Blessings exponentially multiply.

Consider modifying the prompt. How am I (or could be) a blessing to others? Helping someone else when they are down is a sure fire way to raise our own spirits.

(Photo credit: John Hain from Pixaby)


  • Pat

    Molly, The Oprah/Deepak Chopra 21-day mediation experience this month is all about gratitude. I enjoy these free meditations, more for the first 5-7minutes of them. It’s been interesting to think about gratitude in more depth. I also love reading other bloggers gratitude lists. They make me realize how truly blessed I am!

    • Molly Totoro

      I will have to check these out, Pat! I’ve listened to the meditations (sporadically) in the past, but I would like to try again.
      I also agree… hearing the gratitude of others helps me add more to my own list. I am truly blessed beyond measure.

  • Josefine

    I totally agree. When I started writing down a gratitude a day in my journal I often found that one wasn’t enough. Throughout there had been so many little things to be grateful for.

    • Molly Totoro

      The words of the old Lays potato chip commercial comes to mind: You can’t eat just one.
      Once I name one thing to be grateful for, I can’t help but name another (and another…)
      Thanks for stopping by today, Josefine!

  • Deborah Weber

    Great post. I’m convinced gratitude begets happiness. And if there were nothing else true about it, I think that would be more than enough. But the thing is, there IS more. Immersing yourself in the energy, the vibrations, of gratitude, brings more to you to be grateful about. I absolutely believe that. It’s one of those lovely little magic tricks of the universe.

    • Molly Totoro

      I agree 100% … Well-said, Deborah πŸ™‚
      I love the idea that practicing gratitude is like adding a little magic to our daily life.

    • Molly Totoro

      The world needs more positivity, Duncan. Perhaps we should start a gratitude campaign and help make this world a better place πŸ™‚
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Molly Totoro

      So important, Pradeep, but sometimes not so easy to do. I tend to be a glass-half-empty kind of person (I prefer to call myself a realist). My train of thought naturally drifts toward the negative. Through journaling, I’m trying to moderate that mindset – at least a little bit.

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