Gratitude is an acknowledgment and acceptance of the reality of your situation. Don't let it get confused with what some people call toxic positivity. It should not be a vehicle for running from the hard times in life, but rather a way to notice what our lives have become as a result. Using gratitude in your writing can be a transformative tool.
Try this: Think about some of the significant instances you’ve experienced over the last 12 months.
Then ask yourself:
What is one thing I am thankful for?
What is one thing I would do differently?
How will I use this information in the present moment to move forward?
Let your writing reflect what you once thought, what happened, and how you were transformed by it. Try to see your story from the lens of gratitude to put a new spin on things.