The Daily Fun List / Daily Gratitude List

2012-06-05 (Tuesday) by Mikael Linusson

One thing that I really like to do is to write a fun / gratitude list at the end of each day. This list might includes things that I'm grateful for, or things I did or that happened this day, things that were fun, things that made me happy. It might be small things, or big things. You could say that it's my personal "best of the day"-list.

It's fun and relaxing to think back about your day and write down a few highlights. And then it's a lot of fun to go back and read what you've already written, especially on days when you feel a bit low.

I usually write about 3-5 items each day, some days even more, but never less than three. If the day would come when I can't come up with at least 3 items, I guess that would be the day that I realize that I have to change a lot of things in my life. :)

Do It With The Kids

If you have kids, I would highly recommend that you do it with them too. It will make them think more about the good things in life and it's a perfect opportunity to cuddle and chat with them right before they go to sleep. It's also a great chance to get to know more about your kids and what they like and do all day long.

If they aren't used to this kind of thinking it might take them a while in the beginning, but relax and enjoy the moment. It's okay to give them a hint once in a while, but give them a chance to come up with their own items for the list.

It Should Be Fun

If you notice that the kids start to hurry up with the list every evening and just say anything that comes to their mind, then it might be time to take a break for a few weeks or months. It should be fun, not a drag. So don't force them.

And the same goes for you, don't force yourself. If you are way too tired, or really don't feel like writing, skip that day. And just like with the kids, you don't have to do it all the time if you don't want to. Feel free to take a break for a month or two. Or maybe write a weekly list at the end of the week instead. Be creative, find out what works for you.