Here at Repair the World November is Gratitude Month – a month dedicated to giving thanks for everything we are grateful for. And this week is also Hanukkah! To celebrate, Repair the World presents 8 Nights of Giving Thanks: tips and thoughts for filling the Festival of Lights with gratitude.

Gratitude is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t always come naturally. One way to cultivate a sense of thankfulness is to start a gratitude journal. It’s easy: just write down the top 2 (or 5 or 10!) things you feel grateful for right now, and repeat on a regular basis.

Starting a gratitude journal can actually change your whole outlook on life. The more you actively think about and write down the things you fee; grateful for, the more you’ll begin to notice those moments appearing in your life. Here’s how to get started:

1. Get a journal. You can make notes on your computer if you like, but we recommend using a real, paper journal. It’s more fun that way!

2. Set a fixed journalling time. It can be lunch time, when you get home from work/school, right before bed – whenever makes the most sense for you. And consistency is key, so keep with it. Set a reminder on your phone to help you remember.

3. Write something. Some days you’ve got gratitude coming out of your ears; other days, not so much. But whether you write about something huge (the birth of your baby niece, graduating college, or the thoughtful birthday gift you received), or small (the smile you shared with the person checking out your groceries, not losing your keys for once), get in the practice of finding and writing about gratitude in your daily life.

4. Read it. Every month or two, take 20 minutes to read through what you’ve written. We bet you’ll have forgotten all about that one amazing thing that happened 5 weeks ago – and that reading about it will bring those feelings of gratitude right back!

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Share your advice and tips in the comments below or by tweeting @repairtheworld.