A Beautiful Fall Day [with a gratitude exercise]

One of my favorite things about living in Michigan is we experience all four seasons. There are many nice fall days. The beautiful autumn days can help remind us of all that we have to practice gratitude.

The sun is shinning. The sky is blue. The leaves have change to to beautiful shades of yellow, red, and orange. It’s cool enough to wear a cozy sweatshirt or a flannel shirt. It feels like the perfect fall day.

There are activities that only happen in the fall here in Michigan, such as fall color tours, corn mazes, sunflower mazes, and visiting pumpkin farms and apple orchards.

a couple in a sunflower maze
Heidi and her husband in a Sunflower Maze

A Fall Day Gratitude Exercise

After walking through my neighbor on one of those perfect fall days, I felt like I had a lot to be grateful for.

I made a list of what I felt grateful for during my walk.

My gratitude list:

  • I am able to walk
  • The sunshine felt great
  • I have a smart phone on which I can take pictures
  • I met a new neighbor for the first time
  • The fall colors are stunning and extraordinary
  • I live in a part of the world where the leaves change colors in the fall and I can enjoy them
  • The smell of the changing leaves

For your gratitude exercise, you don’t have to go for a walk (although you can if you want it). Choose a day and time, and make a list of 5 to 10 reasons that you feel grateful.

The list can also be written on plain paper, a note app on your phone, a journal, or a notebook that you already have (no purchase required!).

Remember that writing a gratitude list may be good for your health.

I Am Thankful For Leaf

Here is a fall leaf themed “I am thankful for Leaf” template. It’s available in my Etsy shop as a PDF Printable. After purchased, it can be printed as many times as needed.

Adults and children can do this exercise.

Picture of an "i am thankful for leaf" template with instructions for how to use it once purchased on Etsy.

Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more than 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.

5 thoughts on “A Beautiful Fall Day [with a gratitude exercise]”

  1. I love living in North Dakota because we can experience all the seasons. I don’t think I have a fave because I love something about every season.

  2. it’s lovely to see that we have beautiful autumny Saturdays all around the world! yesterday I posted something very similar – we were having a gorgeous sunny day here in London, too!
    I love the topic of your series, by the way. Many blessings and good luck!
    xoxo Anna

  3. I love the fall. When we lived in San Diego, CA I really mised the changing into fall. Things like the corn with scarecrows, pumpkins, colorful weird shaped gourds, brilliant red and orange leaves and even a sparkling frost. I do think there is something really nice about every season. In winter a fresh snow, Spring for new life. Summer a few warmer days and yummy garden produce.

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