3 Gratitudes — Revitalize Your Energy With This Simple Exercise

Gratitude enhances everything.

Just 3 Gratitudes, is that really all it takes? Well, when you renew and deepen your gratitude you also energize yourself. The magic happens every single time you open your heart.

If you really want to experience new zest, let the following 3 Gratitudes Exercise help you learn how to genuinely appreciate and care for your life, starting right now.

Cultivating the gift of gratitude is a powerful way to ground yourself and prepare for any challenge. It enhances healthy humility and profoundly shifts your perspective on the world around you.

Gratitude’s Gifts to You.

In “Character Strengths and Virtues” by Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman, gratitude is defined as “an enduring thankfulness that is sustained across situations and over time.”

They describe two types of gratitude, personal and transpersonal. Personal gratitude is about thankfulness towards an individual, whereas transpersonal gratitude is a constant and fundamental appreciation of the world.

How many times a day do you actively thank someone? And how often do you feel the energy of awe and wonder? Don’t deprive yourself or others of this wonderful, free gift that strengthens relationships.

Start your 3 gratitudes here:

As an informative exercise, jot down each time you feel grateful for anything. Then, after 3 or 4 weeks, go over your list.

Do you notice patterns in your gratitude? Were there days when you were so absorbed in the activities of daily living that you “forgot” life’s gifts? What does this tell you? What happened to your energy?

Do you habitually see the glass as “half empty” or “half full”?

There is a simple and wonderful exercise I’ve practiced for many years, and I’ll share it below.

The 3 Gratitudes Exercise

Each night, right before sleep, list at least 3 gratitudes you are aware of for that day. These may be anything you notice and appreciate. If you like, keep a notebook where you list your gratitudes over time.

Recently, I asked a client if she was continuing her nightly gratitudes. She vigorously nodded. “It keeps me positive,” she responded.

And it does. It helps you maintain enthusiasm, even in challenging times. Soon it becomes automatic to appreciate your moments.

Now ask yourself: How will you make time to notice what you’re grateful for today?

For more ideas about your time…

You face unique questions and are called, continually, to come up with unique solutions. So, I’m offering something to help with that today. It’s a deck of cards — 50 cards, to be exact. And it’s titled Mindful Moments: Heart-Based Reflections on Time and Life. Brief and compelling, each card offers you something to think about. And each card is different.

The focus of this particular card series consolidates decades of my experience into bite-sized reflections and journal prompts. And working with these cards will help you pause, ponder, and deepen your experience. This enriches you, no matter what the world is bringing to your door.

To learn more, click this link: https://thetimefinder.com/MindfulMoments.html


  1. Dear Paula, thank you for sharing this. The three gratitudes ritual is indeed very helpful. My sister and I exchange gratitudes across the miles at the end of each day. A wonderful thing to share and it helps bridge the physical distance between us. Also very grateful for your work and all that you share with the community!

    • Dear David, it’s wonderful to hear how you and your sister have expanded and deepened this ritual for yourselves. And thank you for sharing it with everyone here.

      I so appreciate your warm engagement and your creativity.

      All my best to you and your sister!


      • Julie Prickett says

        Dear Paula, this is David’s sister! I just want to “second” his comments about the three gratitudes daily ritual. By sharing gratitudes on a daily basis I have come to realize how many blessings I take for granted (e.g. fresh water, abundant food, electricity.) Sharing this ritual with my brother is also a great way for us to keep in touch and helps to maintain our strong bond.
        Thank you so much for your positive messages and practical tips.

        • Thank you so much for your comment and kind words, Julie.

          I am glad that you find the gratitudes ritual meaningful and that you and David practice it to such good effect.

          With all good wishes…


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