Gratitude: A Worksheet

Gratitude: A Worksheet

Lee este articuloBrain research shows that positive emotions, like gratitude, can benefit our bodies and minds. Feeling grateful for what we have (instead of obsessing about what we don't) helps with many different aspects of our lives — like relieving stress and boosting determination to try again when things don't work out the way we want.

This worksheet can help you start thinking about gratitude. Print out the page and write your answers to the questions in the spaces below. The act of writing down feelings of gratitude can reinforce this powerful emotion.

For a daily reminder to practice gratitude, post your answers where you'll see them each day or keep them in a gratitude journal. Then, make it a habit to pause each day to notice and appreciate what's good in your life.

  1. Write down a gratitude ritual you do now. For example, giving thanks before a meal or pausing before you go to sleep to think about what went well in your day (and how to find good in the things that didn't!).





  2. Write down an everyday blessing you've noticed that you used to take for granted. For example, electricity that keeps the lights on; fresh, clean running water; or powerful arm muscles that help you play your sport.





  3. Name someone you're grateful to have in your life and why.





  4. Describe something that happened in the past that you didn't feel grateful for at the time, but now think of with gratitude.





  5. Describe a moment when you felt gratitude in real time. What other emotions did you feel?





  6. Describe a way you've thanked someone or intend to thank someone.



Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: December 2013





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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