Brain research shows that positive emotions, like gratitude, can benefit our bodies and minds. Feeling grateful for what we have (instead of obsessing about what we don't) helps with many different aspects of our lives — like relieving stress and boosting determination to try again when things don't work out the way we want. This worksheet can help you start thinking about gratitude. Print out the page and write your answers to the questions in the spaces below. The act of writing down feelings of gratitude can reinforce this powerful emotion. For a daily reminder to practice gratitude, post your answers where you'll see them each day or keep them in a gratitude journal. Then, make it a habit to pause each day to notice and appreciate what's good in your life. Write down a gratitude ritual you do now. For example, giving thanks before a meal or pausing before you go to sleep to think about what went well in your day (and how to find good in the things that didn't!). Write down an everyday blessing you've noticed that you used to take for granted. For example, electricity that keeps the lights on; fresh, clean running water; or powerful arm muscles that help you play your sport. Name someone you're grateful to have in your life and why. Describe something that happened in the past that you didn't feel grateful for at the time, but now think of with gratitude. Describe a moment when you felt gratitude in real time. What other emotions did you feel? Describe a way you've thanked someone or intend to thank someone. Back to Articles Related Articles Gratitude Gratitude doesn't just feel good. Focusing on what's good in our lives can also be good for us. Find out how in this article for teens. Read More Optimism Optimists see the good in things -- and science has discovered that optimists can do better in life. The good news is, even pessimists can be more optimistic. Find out how. Read More 3 Ways to Practice Gratitude Gratitude doesn't just feel good, it can be good for you. These 3 steps can help you start feeling more appreciative of the good things in your life. Read More Yoga: Meditation and Breathing Breathing and meditation techniques can have subtle but powerful effects on everything from stress to sports performance. Try these four techniques. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.