In continuing with this months’ series on practicing gratitude, one of the best ways to do that is by keeping a gratitude journal. In theory, a gratitude journal is a diary used to focus attention on the positive things in their lives. As I said in my initial gratitude post, A Season of Gratitude, "practicing gratitude actually shifts your perspective from feeling depression, anger or self-pity to happiness. It can open your heart to joy and generosity because you begin to feel that you are blessed."
Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Gives new perspectives and insight
- Brings clarity and a sense of self-awareness
- Allows you to focus on what matters
- It’s a written reminder of how good life is when you are feeling down
How Do I Even Start?
At the end of each day, write 5-10 things you are grateful for. Start by spending 15 minutes writing about them in your journal. You can obviously write longer if you need but start with at least 15 minutes. Find a quiet space at the end of the evening and really take a moment to reflect on the day before you begin writing. You don’t need anything fancy but a notebook and writing instrument. I’m a scrapbooker and paper crafter so I made my own, but use anything that inspires you. Decorate a notebook, purchase a blank journal or you can buy one with journaling prompts to help get you going! The key is to start and like anything the more you do it, the easier it will become until gratitude is a habit!
You Will Begin to Feel A Shift
Over time, you’ll feel a shift and experience openness in your heart that creates new abundance and joy in your overall life and well-being. In a time where there is so much negativity, it’s easy to become consumed by it. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to keep your spirit aligned with the goodness of life instead of focusing on the bad.
Have you kept a gratitude journal? How has it helped your life’s perspective? As always, please share your thoughts with me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Take care of yourselves and one another,