We’ve heard that creating a gratitude journal helps with mental health, and gives us a new perspective on life when we are feeling not so great. To some, this means sitting down with a diary and writing a few paragraphs each day. So I’ve created a gratitude journal to use to help increase gratitude in our life.
How to get the most out of gratitude journaling
I’m going to suggest you set tis up for 30 days to start. I’ve put 5 things a day to list so you can list some unique things and try to list different things. this would mean you need 15 copies of the journaling pages. There are so many ways you can use your gratitude journal that will help you get even more out of this part of your day, and here are a few ways to make it a great experience.
Choose a Particular Time of Day for Your Journaling
Fitting your gratitude journal into a specific time of your day brings consistency to the practice. Once you’ve been journaling in this fashion for a period of time, you will begin to look forward to it. It will help you prepare mentally as you anticipate the journaling. You may find that you begin thinking of things throughout the day that you can write in your gratitude journal, and this will cause your entire day to flow naturally into a more optimistic state.
Have a Set Number of Things to List Each Day
Some people prefer to sit down and write the things they are grateful for each day, and quit when they are finished. This is fine, but sometimes having guidelines can be helpful. If you tell yourself you will list five things, that gives you time to get into a little more detail on each one, instead of it becoming just a long list. Take time to spend a few moments thinking about each thing that you write down, and realizing how truly blessed you are to have this person, situation or feeling in your life.
Think of Both Big and Small
Donít feel that the things you are thankful for have to have an earth-shattering presence. You might be thankful for a wide range of things, such as a recent trip to the Caribbean, or something minor like a new pen that fits your hand perfectly. It is in these moments of learning to appreciate a wide variety of what we have, that we begin to feel joyful in anything positive that comes our way.
Turning Negative into Positive
Instead of just listing obviously happy situations and ignoring the negative, try to find the positive within the negative. Even in the most troubling circumstances there is good to be found. When we see a disturbing situation on the news, there is always a positive side of people coming together to help each other out. There is always good in humanity that will show itself the strongest when you need it.
Here is the cover of the journal with one of my favorite gratitude quotes:
Maintaining a gratitude journal has many benefits, including gaining more energy, feeling more optimistic about life, and possessing better physical and mental health. Its many positive benefits compile to bring you an all-around better quality of life. Start your own today and see the difference it can make in your life!
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Evelyn Lech says
I love this topic! Gratitude is something all of us appreciate, yet we miss two major pieces to truly embody it.
1 – We must feel gratitude, not just state it.
2 – Doing the reps is critical! Feeling grateful daily should be as normal as brushing your teeth or making a morning coffee.
Thanks for the reminder!
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