Gratitude: Not Just for the Holidays

The best tool I've found for boosting positivity is gratitude.

In the mission to become a more positive person there are many tools you can have in your arsenal. It is smart to have a variety of techniques handy, but the best tool I have found for boosting positivity is gratitude.

This may sound like some silly idea that a grade-school kid would come up with, but believe me, gratitude is powerful. When you make it a habit to be thankful for things in your life you will find more and more things to be thankful for.

Earl Nightingale once wrote, “You get what you think about all day long” and he was right. What you focus on you will get more of. This is the nature of the Law of Attraction that has become such a popular topic as of late.

So what do you want more of? What makes you feel good? If you focus on being grateful for what you already have in your life, the Law of Attraction says that you will attract more things to be thankful for. How cool is that!?

I have made gratitude a daily habit. Every morning I state at least three things I am thankful for before I even get out of bed. Then during the day I really feel gratitude for things that happen like making all green lights on the way to work and getting a great parking spot. When I go to bed I also say at least three things I am grateful for.

I call this a Gratitude Journal. I actually started the practice by writing things down every morning and night that I was thankful for. I kept a small notebook and a pen by my bed. Some days it was harder to come up with things so I just repeated some from the day before. As time went on it became habit and I no longer needed to write things down. I also incorporated the habit during the day. Now it is as easy as breathing.

There is nothing more special about me than you. You can do this too. It just takes some practice and determination to form the habit. I cannot stress how much you will benefit from this technique. I challenge you to keep a Gratitude Journal for 30 days; that’s only a month. See just how great life can look when you view it through the eyes of gratitude.

– Dawn Carson is an author and public speaker who lives in Cloverdale. She loves to help others find ways to live happier, more positive lives. Visit her website at

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