As Thanksgiving approaches, and we are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, let’s look at what we are grateful for. Has Sandy created an atmosphere of camaraderie and giving? Do you now cherish the things you took for granted? What are those things that are precious to you? Hold on to these thoughts, record them in a journal, and the thanks you give on Thursday will be bathed in authenticity.

If you have read Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance or have seen her interviewed on Oprah’s show some time ago, then you know what a gratitude journal is. In fact, Oprah suggested that her audience create one. How do you do it? Write down five things you are grateful for each day. It could be something as simple as the aroma of coffee or something as heartfelt as a visit from a friend you lost touch with years ago. Just purchase a blank journal that appeals to you or if you prefer, there is actually an iPhone app for that called Gratitude Journal. Then, start writing!

Finally, we like Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote on the subject: “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”