This month, our mission is to inspire you to shift your mindset through gratitude and positive thinking.

Research shows that by practicing gratitude, people become happier and healthier. We’re sharing how gratitude can change your life!

Keeps things in perspective, enabling you to cope and forgive

Practicing gratitude and focusing on the positive enable us to cope and forgive! With a grateful and positive outlook, it is easier to move forward when we find ourselves in a challenging situation. Here’s how that works:

By choosing gratitude, you are essentially blocking negative and toxic emotions – filling the space with positive thoughts instead. Room for emotions such as envy, regret, anger and resentment is reduced when you fill the space with positive thoughts instead.

Turns what you have into enough

Having a hard time thinking of something to be grateful for? All you really need to do is take a good look around you. Paying attention to what you have—instead of what you don’t—will boost your grateful spirit and help you realize how much good there actually is in your life, both the big and the small!

Lowers stress and negativity – leading to better health

Research shows that a regular gratitude practice can lower stress levels while training your brain to focus on the positive rather than the negative. And, yep, you guessed it: Lower stress and less negativity in your life results in improved physical health. Think lower heart rate, better sleep, and much more!

Leads to success, confidence, and overall happiness

Being thankful is not a one-and-done destination. Instead, it’s a way of life. Gratitude breeds confidence. How? When we focus on the positive, we feel better, not only about the things around us – but about ourselves! A regular gratitude practice enables you to be the best that you can be – contributing to your own personal success and happiness throughout life.

Inspires others. Your positivity is contagious!

When you share some of your gratitude with others, it spills over into their lives and gives them that happy feeling as well. Plus, there are opportunities all around you to show your gratitude to others. You can express your appreciation to a close friend or family member, or even to a complete stranger. 

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While we all feel a sense of gratitude from time to time, the truth is that if cultivated and practiced, it can become a way of life. To get started, we recommend that you reflect each day and write down what you’re grateful for. It can be one thing, or it can be three things. It can be big, or it can be small. We encourage you to identify different things each day!

The Day Designer Flagship Daily Planner will guide you to record your gratitude along with your daily schedule and to-dos. Whether you make your gratitude practice part of your morning routine or your evening routine, try it out and see the difference!