I’ve been practicing gratitude since I was 13 years old and I truly believe that gratitude has made my life infinitely better in so many ways. Over the past decade I’ve drawn inspiration for my gratitude practice from many different tools and resources.
Here are 3 of my favourite TOOLS for practicing gratitude, as well as 7 of my favourite RESOURCES that are currently inspiring my gratitude practice.
1. Gratitude notebooks
You can definitely use any kind of notebook as your gratitude journal, to write down what you’re grateful for. I sometimes find myself writing down what I’m grateful for on any piece of paper that I can get my hands on. However, I find that I’m a lot more consistent with taking the time to write down my gratitudes when I have a designated notebook for it. I also get more enjoyment out of it and am more likely to do it when it’s a really cute and well-designed notebook. Gratitude notebooks are popping up everywhere (which is awesome!) and I particularly love the ones from Kikki.k like this one.
2. Thank you cards
I’m a huge advocate of sincerely thanking people and my favourite way to do this at the moment is by sending them a handwritten thank you card. Getting mail that isn’t bills is a rarity these days, so I find that people love getting something special just for them in the mail. I love keeping a stack of thank you cards (and stamps) ready to go, so when I want to express my gratitude to someone in writing it’s super easy to do. I love buying packs of thank you cards from Kikki.k and these ones are currently my favourites.
3. Gratitude tokens
My very first gratitude practice began with a rock. I would carry this small rock with me everyday and used it as a reminder to think of something I was grateful for. Over time my gratitude tokens have been other rocks, a keychain, small crystals and even pieces of jewellery. I find that having a gratitude token that I keep on me most of the time is a really awesome way to be reminded to be grateful throughout the day. My current gratitude token is a rose quartz bracelet by Violet Gray Design.
Here are 6 of my favourite resources that are currently inspiring my gratitude practice:
1. This TEDx talk about the Top Five Movement by Clare Desira.
5. This style of writing down what I’m grateful for — as a short thank you letter to whatever it is.
6. This list of prompts to help you when you’re struggling with what to acknowledge your gratitude for.
Now I’d love to hear from you – what resources or tools help to inspire your gratitude practice? Share away in the comments below!
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