KEEPING A GRATITUDE JOURNAL: HOW TO GET STARTED
We all try our best to be grateful, Our lives are busy and the days fly by fast. This can make it difficult to stop and pay attention to the little things you’re thankful for. The practice of incorporating gratitude into your daily routine can make a huge difference to your overall happiness, and it’s certainly a practice you could adopt. Doing this is often referred to as Gratitude Journaling.
The term itself is pretty self-explanatory; you take a moment out of your day to simply write down a few things you’re grateful for, no matter how big or small. Benefits of keeping a Gratitude Journal on a daily basis include lowering stress levels, feeling calmer, and helping you focus on what’s important in your life.
Some tips to ensure you get the most out of your Gratitude Journal:
- Be specific – Write down some specific things you love about your partner and kids. Is it their kindness, their honesty, or simply that they wash up their dishes? Jot it down!
- Turn negatives into positives – For instance, you’re unemployed, but you had a successful interview that lifted your spirits.
- Write every day – Keeping your entries consistent will help you feel the positive effects.
On days when you’re feeling lost or sad, pick up your Gratitude Journal and read back on your previous entries. This will remind you of all the good things in life that you’re grateful for. You can even personalise it by sticking in photos, notes, or your kids’ drawings.