September 25, 2017/By: Erin Mixon

According to dictionary.com, gratitude is defined as the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful.   I was first turned on to the concept of gratitude many years ago while watching an episode of the The Oprah Winfrey Show.   I was a huge fan of the show (and the woman), so I looked forward to watching daily after work, or school.

During this time, Oprah shared with her audience  how keeping a gratitude journal began to transform her life.   If I recall correctly, daily, she would list ten things she was grateful for throughout the course of that day.

After some time, her life, and the way she viewed it began to change for the better…

The following are three ways in which keeping a gratitude journal can revolutionize your life!

1. It Changes Your Life Perspective from A Negative One to A More Positive One

Rememberwhat you focus on multiplies…If you put your attention and focus on what you perceive to be negative aspects of your life, don’t be surprised if all you tend to see is more and more of the negative in your life…

It’s the law of attraction at work, really.

But when you begin to shift your thoughts and focus on the positive aspects of your life, then it’s amazing how you begin to see and notice more positive coming into your life.   Remember, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”   This quote by Wayne Dyer sums it up quite nicely.

2.  It Can Decrease Depression and Anxiety

Depression is characterized by constant plaguing thoughts of hopelessness and despair.   People who battle with depression often view life as a dreadful and unbearable experience.   While there are many factors that cause depression,one’s thought process can often play a large part.

When making a conscious effort to focus on the positive aspects of your life (or not so bad), as opposed to what you don’t like, or perceive as negative, your whole disposition begins to shift.   Pretty soon hope begins to creep in where there was once absolute hopelessness.

Life suddenly begins to take on new meaning!!

3.  It Increases Your Overall Sense of Contentment and Well Being

After shifting your focus, considerably, overtime, that’s when the magic begins to happen.   Slowly, but surely you realize that you’re not just thinking about the wrong in your life and what doesn’t work.   Pretty soon, your mind is not as cluttered with as many pessimistic thoughts about the state of your world.

After a little bit more time, you will find that your once pessimistic view has now shifted to a much more optimistic and contented outlook.   The darkness has to flee as the sunlight bursts in!!