Gratitude is an expression of love and appreciation that heals your energy, boosts your mood, and raises your vibration.
This is why a gratitude practice is integral to a vibrant life. Probably the most popular form of gratitude practice is the gratitude journal.
While the last thing I would ever do is discourage you from keeping a gratitude journal, I do wish to offer an alternative in case keeping a daily journal is a bit of a challenge in your busy life: create a Gratitude Master List instead.
A Gratitude Master List is simply a list of things you are thankful for that you write down once and edit from time to time as you wish. You can then read it once, twice, or three times a day or whenever you need a pick me up.
The point is to review for it for positive emotion without having to write down something new each and every time. Think of it as an affirmation.
How to Create Your Gratitude Master List
The best time to write your list is when you’re already in a really good mood, so that you sincerely feel thankful for the things you’re writing down. This also helps you make a list that is more likely to inspire you every time you look at it.
Right before I created my Gratitude Master List, I read a chapter from an inspiring book and watched an empowering video. You do whatever floats your boat.
And here’s a few more pointers:
- I like to say ‘THANK YOU…’ instead of ‘I am grateful for…’ because saying ‘THANK YOU’ makes me feel a more personal connection to the Source I am thanking. (What you call your Source is a personal matter. For me, my Source is ‘God’. You may call your Source ‘Divine Mother’, ‘Creator’, or whoever. In the end, we’re all referring to the same ‘All-That-Is’. )
- This is totally optional but consider putting your list out into the UNIVERSE through a social media post, blog post, or just an email to a couple of your closest friends. Yes, this may require some vulnerability on your part but vulnerability heals and empowers.
- Remember to be thankful for the unpleasant occurrences in life as well, for these are the things that help you EXPAND and GROW.
I may have gotten a bit carried away with my list which is an indication that I was in an inspired state as I made it. Yours can be longer or shorter, using the tone of voice that sounds just like you.
What matters most is that YOUR LIST makes YOU feel good whenever you read it.
So without further ado, here’s my personal Gratitude Master List to serve as an example of what one may look like…
Example List + Putting my Gratitude Out into the Universe
☼ Thank You for my Dad, with whom I have had some major disagreements over the years, but who I have grown to love, understand, and appreciate more as the years go by.
♥ Thank You for my Mom, who took such good care of me, who taught me kindness, generosity, and graciousness, who I love and appreciate more with each passing day.
☼ Thank you for my Brother, who pushes my buttons with alacrity, but who also understands me better than anyone else.
♥ Thank You for my Ex, who also pushes my buttons, with whom I am grateful to still be friends.
☼ Thank you for my Niece and Nephew, who have brought much joy and light into my life.
♥ Thank you for my Granny, my MawMaw, my Mama H., and all the kind, wise old folks who surrounded me during my childhood. Their SPIRITS still guide me.
☼ Thank You for every friend who has touched my life, past, present, and future. (Note: In my private list, I name my friends and what I appreciate about them.)
‘The Universe loves grateful people. The more grateful you are, the more you get to be grateful about.’ ~ Louise Hay
♥ Thank you for every JOB I EVER HATED, for each one helped pay the bills while I got a better idea of what I really wanted to do.
☼ Thank You for every good boss I ever had, for their mentor-ship and guidance.
♥ Thank You for every IDIOT BOSS I’ve had – they taught me what not to do as a boss. But in retrospect, they also taught me that each and every one of us at any given time is only doing the best we know how with what we’ve been given.
☼ Thank You for Louise Hay, whose words have comforted me in my hours of despair.
♥ Thank you that I am gay in a world that has not always been friendly to gay people. Through this experience, I have learned deep COMPASSION for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong.
‘The thankful heart is always close to the creative forces of the Universe.’ ~ Dr. Joseph Murphy
☼ Thank You for this expanding technological age in which we do things on a daily basis that were mere fantasies a generation ago.
♥ Speaking of technology, thank You for the podcasters who stoke my fire when I’m not able to sit down and read.
☼ Thank You for every BULLY I ever came across at school or in the workplace for they taught me resilience and inner strength.
♥ Thank You for every co-worker who ever annoyed me, for they were merely reflecting back to me what I needed to gently tend to in myself.
☼ Thank you for the co-workers who have made my days easier and more enjoyable.
‘Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.’ ~ Eckhart Tolle
♥ Thank You for the two PSYCHO-KITTIES, Tibby and Daisy, with whom I share my abode.
☼ Thank You for every cat, dog, goat, and gold-fish that has been a part of my life. Each one of my animal friends has made me a more loving human being.
♥ Thank You for Neale Donald Walsch who re-introduced me to GOD in a refreshingly non-religious way.
☼ Thank You for my comfortable home, which is neither the best nor the worst on the block. It is simply my house, which keeps me warm, safe, and centered.
♥ Thank You for the peaceful neighborhood in which I live, and the wonderful DIVERSITY of its inhabitants.
☼ Thank You for my dependable car which gets me wherever I want to go, whenever I need to go there.
‘The struggle ends when gratitude begins.’ ~ Neale Donald Walsch
♥ Thank You that I live in a country where I am free to express myself and can be open, honest, and authentic without fear of repression.
☼ Thank You for the beautiful Earth on which we live who displays a remarkable ability to regenerate and renew herself in spite of mankind’s insatiable desire to destroy and digest Her. Let’s love, appreciate, and take care of our MOTHER EARTH as She takes care of us!
♥ Thank You for Sonya Sofia who has taught me how to release negative emotions and transform them into POSITIVE ENERGY.
☼ Thank You for every DOLLAR that has passed through my hand, for the sustenance, entertainment, or experience it brought me. May it bless the every hand it passes through.
♥ Thank You that on the days I didn’t even have a dollar, I never experienced any real deprivation.
‘The Universe provides abundantly when you’re in a state of gratefulness.’ ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
☼ Thank You that I enjoy vigorous health and feel more alive than ever!
♥ Thank You for every CHALLENGE or HARDSHIP I have ever faced for they have helped me to refine my focus onto the things that really matter – love, gratitude, kindness, and inner peace.
☼ Thank You for the solace of prayer and meditation.
♥ Thank You that I can look out my window on any given day and see the unlimited WONDER of this world – a child skipping down the sidewalk, a butterfly lighting from flower to flower, or immense white puffy clouds against an infinite blue sky.
☼ Thank You for the years of DEPRESSION I spent as a younger adult, for through that long, arduous process, I finally learned that I have the power to decide to be happy.
♥ Thank You that I truly am ONE OF A KIND and that each and every one of us is one of a kind, serving our own very unique purpose in the vast mosaic of life.
‘If all you ever did was just look for things to appreciate you would live a joyous, spectacular life.’ ~ Esther Hicks
☼ Thank You for every person who has a world view different from mine, for without their contrast, I could not define what I stand for.
♥ Thank You for INSPIRATION when it comes – those thrilling moments when the words flow faster than my ability to write them down.
☼ Thank You for every walk in the woods that clears my head, rekindles my spirit, and soothes my soul.
♥ Thank you for Esther Hicks who has taught me that I actually deserve a JOYFUL LIFE.
☼ Thank You for FREE WILL, that I truly am the master of my fate even on those days when I erroneously believe the forces of the Universe are aligned against me.
‘I am grateful for what I am and have, my thanksgiving is perpetual.’ ~ Henry David Thoreau
♥ Thank You for every nuisance and annoyance, for when I fully grasp the lesson in each one, I come closer to learning that I need not ever be irritated by anything.
☼ Thank You for every modern convenience in my household while I realize there are still many people in the world who do not have these things: the washer and dryer, the electric refrigerator, the flushable toilet, the television, the laptop, the tablet, and the cell phone.
♥ Thank You for the all contents of my home: for the things I acquired though hard work and for the things given to me by family and friends.
☼ Thank You for Eckhart Tolle, who taught me The Power of Now.
♥ Thank You for the pleasures of the SENSES: food, sex, music and all that wonderful stuff.
☼ Thank You that I always have fresh, uncontaminated water to drink, yet another thing that not everyone has access to.
‘Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.’ ~ Sanaya Roman
♥ Thank You for always watching out for me, in spite of my ego’s failure to remember how fortunate I really am.
☼ Thank You for this time-space reality where I can experience the fullness of my LIFE FORCE.
♥ Thank You for the times I have felt that MONEY and ABUNDANCE were elusive, for they have forced me to work through my inner issues of worthiness.
☼ Thank You that there is so much to look forward to: vacations I have yet to plan, people I have yet to meet, and all the delightful surprises that come my way when I hold a trusting, and hopeful attitude in my heart.
♥ Thank You that INNER PEACE is always available regardless of outer circumstances.
‘Gratitude is an opener of locked up blessings.’ ~ Marianne Williamson
☼ Thank You for all the things that bring joy but cost nothing: a friendly smile, a kind word, a laughing baby, the autumn wind, a kitty’s meow, and the wagging of a doggie’s tail.
♥ Thank You for every HEART BREAK and disappointment, for each one has guided me to be more empathetic with all my fellow travelers.
☼ Thank You for the Ascended Masters – Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Mohammed, Lao Tzu, and so on – who have brought light into the world despite the human ego’s insistence on misinterpreting their teachings.
♥ Thank You for this EPIC LIFE! Thank you for the ebb and flow, the ups and downs, the endless succession of unexpected occurrences, the everyday miracles, the snatching of victory from the jaws of defeat, and that, even in my darkest hour, I am never alone.
☼ Thank You for each and every person who reads this list. If I have inspired only one of them to find the treasure in their own life, then I am blessed indeed.