Being Grateful In 2020

Abby Jaquint
4 min readJan 2, 2020

How you can make this your best year.

Photo by Joshua Reddekopp on Unsplash

There were many times in 2019 where I didn’t know how to be grateful.

Things were falling apart around me, I was failing classes, I had dropped out of college.

But there were the good parts of 2019, too. It was just that the bad parts made it hard to see them.

Now, let’s talk about how we can be grateful for the good and the bad in the new year.

Use a Gratitude Journal

This is probably the most obvious one I’ll talk about here. I say ‘obvious’ because everyone and their grandmother has probably told you to start a gratitude journal by this point.

But I’m putting it on this list because starting a gratitude journal these last few months of 2019 has drastically changed my life.

I was in an intensive therapy program for the latter half of this year. One thing that they pushed and pushed in this program was for us to think of good things that have happened every day.

Each morning we would list off one to three things we were thankful for, no matter how insignificant they seemed. Some people’s were simply, “I’m thankful to have woken up today.”

We were given journals in this group, and I took mine home and declared that I would turn it into a gratitude journal, filling it up with the many ways I’m thankful for my life and everything in it.

Writing in this journal every day has been a challenge, but it’s been absolutely worth it. When writing down the good parts of your day, it puts everything into perspective and let’s you know, hey, you didn’t have a bad day, you just had a few bad moments.

Reflect on the Past

Yes, I’m going to tell you to journal even more.

Around the same time I created my gratitude journal, I got back into writing in my diary that I’ve had for several years now. But before I started writing anything new, I found myself reading through what I’d already put down.

And it was emotional. I found myself laughing and crying at old problems, and smiling at the good things I’d forgotten about.

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Abby Jaquint

Novelist. 23. I write about writing and mental health. Check me out on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!