One of the many reasons why I love Thanksgiving is because it’s a day when we take the time to be grateful for everything we have in life. And we don’t just “think it” – we go around the table and each verbally say what we are grateful for.

Something about this ritual of going around the table makes everyone feel really happy I think this happens because at the end of the day:

Being happy does not make us grateful. But being grateful can absolutely make us happy.

In other words:

We’re not grateful because we’re happy. We’re happy because we’re grateful.

But the fourth Thursday of November doesn’t have to be the only day where we can express our gratitude and be happy.

One of the best ways I have added gratitude to my daily routine is through The Five-Minute Journal which is the simplest thing one can do to start and end their day happy. Like the ritual of saying what we are grateful for at the Thanksgiving table, the Five-Minute Journal is a daily ritual of writing what we are grateful for, everyday, in just five minutes.

The Five Minute Journal is your secret weapon to focus on the good in your life, become more mindful, and live with intention. With a simple structured format based on positive psychology research, you will start and end each day with gratitude. Thousands who use the journal have seen increased happiness, better relationships, and have become more optimistic.

Intelligent Change
The Five Minute Journal
Pages in the Five-Minute Journal, with an AM section you fill out when you wake up and a PM section you fill out before you sleep

I can’t recommend the journal enough but you don’t need this exact journal to add a practice of daily gratitude. It can be done on any piece of paper but I like the structure and accountability the journal provides.

At the end of the day, defaulting to gratitude truly can make us all happier.

Gratitude works.

Gratitude scales.

Gratitude creates a positive cycle of more gratitude.

When in doubt default to gratitude

Seth Godin

Lastly here is a collection of thoughts from others who not only practice gratitude but also have seen and felt results in terms of improving their well being and happiness through this practice.

Tim Ferris

The Five Minute Journal is one of the simplest ways that I have found to consistently ensure improving my well being and happiness. Both in terms of achievement and actual measurable, quantifiable results

Justin Kan

Explicit gratitude is important because it helps re-contextualize the short term negative things that happen to you throughout the day in the greater context of all the positives in your life.

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