The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us, and November begins one of my favorite months of the year. Families and friends join together to give thanks for the food on our tables, for the people in our lives, and all of the things we feel blessed to have and share.

This is a month of Gratitude and Appreciation, and on the emotional scale, this is one of the highest vibrations that we can experience. So this month, I would like to offer a suggestion for something that you can do in order to keep yourself in the feeling of Gratitude, and that is by creating your very own Gratitude Journal.

Begin by choosing a small journal that you enjoy looking at, something that is pleasing to your eyes, something of beauty. Then, each day, write down at least five things that you are grateful for inside of that journal. I personally like to write a few things throughout the day so that I am constantly choosing to think about what I am grateful for on an ongoing basis.  See if you can come up with five new things every day for the entire month, no matter what they are.  Really stretch yourself past the obvious and find even the littlest things that you are grateful for. You will begin to see things with new and expanded eyes as you look for something else to be grateful for. It might be the smile from a stranger, or the way you see someone treat a child, it may be a hug that was shared, or a meal cooked. Maybe it’s as simple as someone folding your laundry, the way your dog greets you with sheer joy every day when you come home, or the warmth of a hot cup of tea. Things we may often take for granted, are all things to be grateful for. The more we bring our focus to that which we are grateful for, the more things will begin appearing to be grateful for.

If you do this every day for the entire month of November, you will have written down at least 150 things that you are Grateful for, and this process will raise your vibration every single day of the month as well as shift your point of perception.  You can keep the process going as long as you like, and by keeping the journal near, you have something you can go back to whenever you may need a little pick-me-up.  Just pull out your Gratitude Journal and begin reading all the things that you are grateful for, and it will help put things back into perspective, and help you to feel better.

If you have children, and want to make this even more fun, invite them to be part of the process, involve them in the feeling of gratitude and appreciation and see how many things they can come up with to add to the list. You will be amazed at how many things they think of. They may even decide to make their very own Gratitude Journal, therefore raising the vibration of your entire household. This is also a wonderful exercise to share with your partner, your friends, your co-workers and anyone else you can think of.  It’s all about creating an Attitude of Gratitude, so I encourage you to give it a try, and please share your stories, I would love to share them here so we can all read them in a future newsletter!