It only made sense. If something bad happens you'll know it. It will grab your attention like a headache. The things we should be grateful for can easily be ignored. That's why an effort to be grateful is important for happiness.
For the longest time I've been doing this and it has helped. I take an index card and list 5 things I'm grateful for each day until the end of the week. Then I read over the list and discard the index card. This encourages me to look for the good things in life each day.
However, lately I find myself putting down the same things over and over. It becomes a routine, just another chore at the end of the day. If I can't find anything to put down I skip it until the next day. The feeling of gratitude has faded away. I need a way to make my gratitude more meaningful.
I surfed the web looking for an answer:
One psychologist says he found that people are happiest when they show gratitude for only 3 things, once a week. I wonder how he decided on this number.
Robert A. Emmons, of the University of California instructed people to keep a journal listing 5 things for which they felt grateful, like a friend’s generosity, something they’d learned, a sunset they’d enjoyed once a week.
Another site recommended 5 or 10 things a day and to save it in a journal. The author wrote 17 composition books in three years! Seems like a waste to me. I'd rather have fresh things to be grateful for, not read about what pleased me two years ago.
I can see saving the most important things in a list but not 17 books!
Maybe 5 things a day on an index card is too much for me. I'm going to try a simple list of 3 things a day, then look over the list at the end of the week and save the best of the best on my PC. Hopefully, this will bring back the meaningfulness of keeping track of what I'm grateful for.
3 per day on an index card
Review it at the end of the week
Copy the best.
~I'll try whatever works for me.