Hopefully you thought about adding gratitude into your daily routine from yesterday’s post. Once you get into the habit of expressing what you’re grateful for each day, it’s time to make it a written activity. Don’t let this be intimidating for you if you don’t like to write or who feel you may not have time to dedicate to doing this. Honestly, it really doesn’t take much more time to write it down than to think about what you appreciate, and you don’t have to write like Maya Angelou to write down three sentences. Let me see if I can make this seem less stressful. There truly are some amazing benefits that comes from the physical writing your gratefulness.
More About Gratitude Journals
This “gratitude journal” is actually a tool. This gratitude journal doesn’t have to be a paper journal. The most important piece of this practice is taking time each day to record a few things that make you feel blessed. By doing this act it will help to manifest more positive things! Writing down what you’re appreciative of each day brings that sense of gratefulness. This allows you to focus on the positive, helping you to spot opportunities you might otherwise miss. Keeping a gratitude journal gives you a written record to pull out and look back on any time you’re feeling down. The best part? It can give you motivation you need in the toughest of times.
Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
There are plenty of benefits to keeping a gratitude journal. Instilling a writing practice in this way ensures that you maintain a focus on positivity. Yes, bad things will still sometimes happen, but this overall emphasis on finding the good can help to provide you with the resilience to keep going. Your stress levels will lessen as you begin embracing an attitude of gratitude. The act of writing can be healing 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 for your gratitude journal is consistency. Some people will journal twice a day. Others will write once a day. It doesn’t matter which one you chose. What matters is that it will only be effective if you do this regularly. One of the best ways to help yourself want to use your journal is to choose a format you like. Don’t force yourself to write in a journal by hand if you like to use electronic devices. You can keep your entries in a word document or use one of many apps that are out there. But, 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 near your bedside or on easily accessed device. Turn your routine into a ritual. Make it a process that feeds your soul. Incorporate your morning coffee 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 only have to write three simple 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.
Remember everything you have: family, friends, teachers, colleagues, air, water, life and you shouldn’t feel so bad. - Liz Lima