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How Gratitude Helps Me Face the Daily Realities of Living with an Autoimmune Disease

Gratitude Journal

Taking time each morning to briefly recognize and ponder my blessings has helped me in my daily struggles of living with an autoimmune disease.  One daily habit I cultivated that has helped me to develop and maintain a positive mindset is a gratitude journal.  I take a few short minutes each morning and jot down a few things I am grateful for.  The trick for me to make this a daily habit…it had to be quick and in a list format (no sentences or lengthy explanations).  A simple, short but sweet, list of anything (big or small) that I am grateful for that morning.  Some days my list is longer than other days.  Some days I simply write down 3-4 blessings I am grateful for, while some days I write down several.

Regardless of whether I feel great physically or am experiencing an autoimmune flare, taking a few minutes to reflect upon blessings I am grateful for in the morning grounds me and helps me to remember that no matter what the day holds for me, I have a grateful heart.  No matter what, I can always find things I am grateful for.  I love doing this daily gratitude practice in the morning because a sense of gratitude stays with me throughout the day, and helps me to have a positive mindset.

“We can choose to be grateful no matter what.”

-Dieter F Uchtdorf

“It is not happy people who are thankful.  It is thankful people who are happy.”


“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattle

I’ve shared a little about how my daily gratitude practice is a blessing in my life, and I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with gratitude!  If you are open to sharing, please comment and share how your gratitude helps you in your life.

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