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Life’s a string of pearls, each seemingly small moment or thing can bring the luster of joy to your life – if you just pause to appreciate them.

Taking time to intentionally notice the little moments of gratitude can untie the knots of stress and allow you to breathe a little easier. Picture two people at work: One’s the Storm, quick to thunder at a hiccup in plans, while the other’s the Calm, seeing a snag as just another stitch in the tapestry of the day.

Now, which of these two would you pick as a coffee buddy? Chances are, it’s the one who savors the small sips of life.

They’re the kind of people who can handle the tidal waves because they’ve mastered surfing the ripples. And it’s not just about that person having and displaying a sunny disposition; they likely have their wellness ducks in a row, eating right and staying active, because they cherish their health as much as they do a good laugh.

But hey, if you find yourself more stormy than sunny, it’s never too late to shift gears.

Start by giving a nod to the good things in your life, and watch as the tension eases. It’s not about being Zen all the time but about finding a balance through gratitude, maybe throwing in a bit of yoga or a soothing massage for good measure.

And as you radiate this newfound positivity, watch how it draws others in. Your vibe could very well become the tide that lifts all boats around you, guiding them with your serene command.

As you reach the end of this article, I would like you to pause and consider the journal prompts below. They are little keys to help you unlock your thoughts’ deeper chambers, helping you reflect on your day-to-day experiences and the subtle joys that stitch brightness and color into your life’s tapestry.

Engaging with these prompts is more than just a writing exercise; it’s a mindfulness practice, a chance to turn inward and explore the contours of your gratitude. Let your pen guide this personal journey, and you may discover pathways to peace and contentment that were always there, waiting for your footsteps.

Journaling Prompts to Encourage Gratitude and Enhance Stress Relief

  1. What’s a small joy that you experienced today, and how did it influence your mood?
  2. Recall a recent work challenge – how can a shift in perspective turn it into an opportunity?
  3. List three things you’re grateful for in your professional life and why.
  4. Think about a time when keeping calm helped you resolve an issue – how can you replicate that mindset daily?
  5. Write about how expressing gratitude changed an interaction or a relationship at work.
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    About the Author Dianne Daniels

    Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

    You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

    Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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