Why Keeping a Gratitude Journal Will Make You HappierOn February 8, 2019 by Laura R.
Keeping a gratitude journal has some amazing benefits that come from the physical process of creating a record of gratefulness.
A journal can be a useful tool for you.
While it’s called a “gratitude journal”, it actually serves as a tool or a record. You can keep a physical, paper journal or an online journal. The key is to have a place to input your thoughts of gratitude. It’s about taking the time each day to record a few things that make you feel fortunate. This can help you to manifest more positive things in your life.
Writing down what you’re appreciative of each day brings that sense of gratefulness to the forefront. It allows you to focus on the positive, helping you to spot opportunities you might otherwise have missed. Keeping a gratitude journal gives you a written record to pull out and look back on any time you’re feeling less than fortunate. It can provide you with motivation in the toughest of times.
There are many benefits to keeping a gratitude journal. Instilling a writing practice in this way ensures that you maintain a focus on positivity. Sure, sometimes bad things may happen, but this overall emphasis on finding the good can help to provide you with the resilience to keep going. Your stress levels will decrease as you begin embracing an attitude of gratitude. Plus, the act of writing can be therapeutic in itself. Writing also helps to give you a different perspective on things that you might not see as readily without engaging in the process. You can identify patterns and insight into your life that might help you to identify opportunities and to grow.
Tips for Using Your Journal
The most important thing when it comes to a gratitude journal is consistency in practice. Some journal twice daily. Others prefer once. Regardless, it will only be effective if you use it regularly.
One of the best ways to help yourself want to use your journal is to choose a format you enjoy. Don’t force yourself to write in a journal by hand if you prefer to use electronic methods. You can keep your records in a simple word processing spreadsheet or use one of many apps that are available for this purpose. On the other hand, if you are inspired by a beautifully-bound paper journal, find one that speaks to you and start writing your thoughts down immediately. No matter what you use, keep it handy by your bedside or on easily accessed devices.
Turn your routine into a ritual. Make it a process that feeds your soul. It’s also a great mindfulness practice. Incorporate your morning coffee or tea into your journal writing or light a candle with a lovely aroma to accompany your routine. Just make it yours.
A gratitude journal can be an insightful and life-changing tool. Remember, you can keep it simple by making it a daily routine to record three things you’re grateful for. There’s no need to make it complicated. Start your record keeping practice today and see what it can do for you.