Expressions of gratitude elevate mood, decrease stress, and improve health; great things to manifest in the coming year. So instead of starting 2018 by declaring New Year's resolutions that won't make it into February, choose to express your gratitude to the old year.
You can do this by writing 10 things you are grateful for from 2017. To make this writing count, avoid generalities such as, “I’m grateful for my job.” Be specific and personal. “I’m grateful my boss recognized my hard work and nominated me for the Employee of the Month award in March.”
Caveat: I know what I’m asking is hard given all the pain and angst the last 365 days have brought many of us. But if we don’t pause to acknowledge the positives 2017 had to offer (even if they seem small), the only things that will stand out are the negative moments. That is just how our brain works.
I wrote my 10 thankful happenings on the first pages of my 2018 gratitude journal. That way every time I open the journal, I am reminded what went well last year.
Consider gifting yourself with a regular gratitude practice in 2018 that starts with this 2017 gratitude reflection.
In peace and solidarity,