Take back control by changing your perspective to develop a positive mindset and reduce stress! Feeling positive and optimistic empowers you to step out of your comfort zone, and this video shows you just how to do that. The Self Journal and Self Planner leave room for your gratitude practice so that you can build this powerful habit.

“Success is as much a mindset, as it is getting stuff done.” If your mindset doesn’t inspire consistent action, then you will always struggle to achieve your goals. Fortunately there’s a super simple daily practice that cultivates positivity - that practice is gratitude!

Why Does Gratitude Work?

Gratitude is acknowledging the good things in life. It could be big things like a job promotion, a bonus, or little things like a hot cup of coffee in the morning, a great conversation, a hug with your partner. A gratitude practice is acknowledging these things by writing them down.

Why does it inspire positivity? It changes your perspective and trains your brain to focus on the good rather than the bad. We already get enough of people pointing out the bad - it’s really important that we protect our mindset by focusing on the good things in life. This way, you can appreciate what you already have so that you can think bigger while also enjoying today.

You’ll be happier because you see a glass that’s half full rather than half empty. You’ll feel more optimistic because your “life is good” tank is always being topped up every single day. When you feel positive, it’s easier to step outside of your comfort zone and do the challenging things that take you closer to your goal.

How do I practice gratitude?

Every single day, and it only takes a few minutes. We made a list of 101 things to inspire gratitude to get started.

Marie Forleo says her gratitude practice consists of “one thing she’s grateful for, and 3 reasons why”. One suggestion is to write 3 things you’re grateful for in your life in the morning, and in the evening write 3 things about your day that you were grateful for. That way, you’re thinking about the big picture as well as the specific details.

You can use the Self Planner’s weekly freedom pages, and the Self Journal has the daily pages with built in gratitude spaces. You could also use the Habit Roadmap to create a habit of cultivating gratitude.

If you’re not grateful for what you have now, it’s difficult to not always be looking for more. Gratitude will help you be happier, sleep better, and feel less stressed overall.