What is a Gratitude Board?
A gratitude board is … exactly that! It’s a vision board that’s all about the people, experiences, and things in your life that make you feel grateful and appreciative.
If it sounds simplistic, consider how easily we all tend to focus on the negative. We see problems, rather than challenges and opportunities. We let day to day stresses weigh on us so heavily that we lose sight of the good in our lives – or worse, we lose the ability to see anything that is at all positive. That’s when we can easily turn into whiners and complainers.
If you’ve never done that, congratulations! If you have, no need to beat yourself up for it. After all, we are constantly bombarded by the negative opinions and attitudes of family, friends and colleagues, and the news media thrives on it. That doesn’t mean we have to accept such a dreary mindset!
Attitude is a choice – your choice. Right now, you can choose to make a change.
One of the best ways to achieve and maintain an enduring positive outlook is to create a gratitude board.
For a quick start, take a few minutes to make a list of all the things in your life for which you are grateful. You’ll be amazed at how uplifting it is to simply turn your attention to the positive aspects of your life.
Even more helpful is to put that list on a gratitude board where you will see it often and be reminded that you really do have reason to be grateful.
Have you thought about…
People – For us, children and grandchildren come in at the top of the list. Also, what about special friends in your life? Nurturing family members? A mentor at work? Or maybe you’ve met the love of your life.
Joy – Do you have a job you enjoy? Are you involved in rewarding volunteer work? Do you participate in hobbies or group activities that bring you joy?
Possessions – Many of us tend to forget how amazingly fortunate we are. However, even if your possessions at this point are meager, there is great joy in appreciating what we do have while aspiring for what we intend to have. If you have manifested any “thing” at all in your life, recognize that achievement, be thankful for it, and be encouraged that you have only to set your intentions to manifest more of what you truly want.
A Gratitude Board for a Gratitude Attitude!
Now that you’ve got some ideas, and you’ve shifted into a much more pleasant place, create a gratitude board to help you stay focused on the positive. If you don’t know where to begin, check out How to Make a Vision Board for instructions and ideas.
Too busy to do that today? — We certainly don’t want to encourage you to procrastinate because this is entirely too important! However, if you need a day or two to gather supplies, then start right now with a short list. Pick your top 5 or top 10 gratitude affirmations and jot them down. Now keep that list handy in a pocket or purse, and every time you start feeling negative, give it a quick glance!
What if you keep forgetting to look at your list? — Here are two ideas to consider:
Add an “event” to the calendar on your smartphone. Set it up as a recurring daily event with as many reminder alerts as your calendar will allow.
Check into Vision Board Software that allows you to create vision boards for your computer and mobile devices, so wherever you go your vision board is always with you.
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