Gretchen Rubin in her book The Happiness Project dedicated August to Eternity: contemplating the heavens. She suggests doing this by a gratitude notebook.
She says that gratitude is important to happiness. Research shows that because we measure ourselves relative to others, our happiness is influenced by whether we compare ourselves to people who are better or worse off. Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives, that they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising. Gratitude brings freedom from envy, because when you’re grateful for what you have, you’re not consumed with wanting something different or something more. That in turn then makes it easier to live within your means and also be generous to others. Gratitude fosters forbearance, as its harder to feel disappointed with someone when you’re feeling grateful toward them. Gratitude also connects you to the natural world because one of the easiest things to feel grateful for is the beauty of nature.
Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy talks about a gratitude journal being an important tool in becoming a happier, more content person. She suggests you visit a good large stationary & book store to search for a beautiful blank book to use as your gratitude journal & a pen to write in it with. Start the book with an inventory of your life’s assets. Now every night before you go to bed write in it 5 things about the day you are grateful for. (Gretchen chooses to write three things she’s grateful for in her notebook each day)
Incorporating gratitude into your daily life is a game changer, so many people are singing its praises, talking about what a difference it has made to them. I have at many different times in my life tried to incorporate this habit into my everyday life. Each time I start out with great intentions and every time I last a little longer but I always end up letting it slide. I am hoping that a little guidance from some wise women will be all the inspiration I need to help keep me on track this time.