Since the turn of the new year I have been keeping a gratitude journal. Just a simple list of three or more things each day that I am grateful for, or that have made me happy. Obviously there are big things that I am grateful for – my husband, my beautiful daughter, our wonderful house, my family and friends – but making a daily gratitude list is more about the little things that have brightened your day, or made life that little bit easier.
I am a big one for worrying not only about things that are coming up, but also about things that have already happened! Now what’s the sense in that? It’s been and gone, move on. But when it’s dark and sleep is evading me, worrying if I said or did the right thing tends to take over my mind.
By making a gratitude list right before I go to sleep, I have been re-focusing my brain on the happy moments, things like someone helping me through a door with the pushchair, a friendly conversation at the checkout, or meeting with friends new and old. Of course lots of the ordinary joys of being a mummy sneak into my lists too, such as Rosalie’s enthusiasm at Jolly Babies, a new skill she’s learnt or her uninhibited dancing.
It feels good to have all these happy thoughts swimming around in my head as I drift off to sleep.