7 Minutes in Heaven
Do this writing prompt and you will feel almost as excited as you did in grade school when the bottle landed on you!
Take the next seven minutes and write down at least seven things you feel grateful for. It will shift your mood immediately. Now see if you can keep this up for seven days. It doesn’t matter when you do this – morning, noon or night. Just try for seven days, to gather seven things to write down. It’s only seven days; if you miss a day, just keep going. Start right there in the moment when you notice something you’re grateful for, and jot it down. Right that second!
Don’t beat yourself up for forgetting to write sooner; just move forward with your gratitude. You can write,
“I’m so grateful I remembered to do this,” and keep going with your day.
Some days it may feel like the only thing to be grateful for is that the day is over. That’s okay, too. It won’t be long before you notice the shifts – a slight feeling of lightness as you wake up, a bounce in your step, smiling at strangers.
These are some of the little ways in which gratitude can seep into your day. There is no wrong way to do this. Just have fun, make it a game, and see what happens.
Here’s a journal entry from my husband, made when I was nudging him to keep a gratitude journal:
- I am so grateful that Denver just won the Super Bowl.
- I am so grateful that I’m about to sleep for eight hours.
- I am so grateful that I have shelter from the elements.
- I am so grateful that I am in good health and my family is in good health.
- I am so grateful that Sandy stopped yapping about journaling.
~excerpted from JOURNALUTION: Journaling to Awaken Your Inner Voice, Heal Your Life & Manifest Your Dreams (New World Library, 2005)