A gratitude journal will positively impact your life. Grateful people are mostly happy and relaxed because they always see the positive in most negative situations.
But often it’s hard to find gratitude when we need it most. It’s hard to see what’s going right in your life when you’re overcome with grief, sadness, anxiety, or anger.
Getting into the habit of keeping a gratitude diary is an excellent way to let you experience the benefits of gratitude when you need it most.
In this post, I will explain the benefits of gratitude and why it is such a powerful force. I will also guide you through the steps to create a gratitude diary and give you advice on how to maintain the habit of writing things you are grateful for.
Complex problems need complex answers, right?
When intense, painful situations arise, it often doesn’t make sense to us to have a simple solution. This way of thinking often prevents us from accepting answers that could potentially solve our problems.
Gratitude is a simple solution to complex problems. By bypassing painful or seemingly debilitating problems, the simple act of gratitude can bring joy, hope and light to the darkest times.
Look for the positive aspects of any situation, no matter how dire the outlook.
Life is balanced with negatives and positives. Focusing on a situation will shape your attitude.
Remember the inspiring stories of personal loss that touched your heart but created enlightening beauty from its pain. The everyday heroes of these stories gratefully found hope and happiness; it was not by chance.
Daily on the road to happiness
We all know a lot of people who have everything they need to be happy, and they are not happy because they want something else or want more.
And we all know people who have experienced many misfortunes, misfortunes that we ourselves wouldn’t want to have, and they are very happy. They radiate happiness.
You are surprised. Why is that? Because they are grateful. So it’s not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us happy. “
Most people would sacrifice everything to find happiness, and most of our life choices are made for ultimate happiness.
Simply put, happiness is the greatest source of motivation for all the decisions we make.
Although misguided, a few typical requests are:
- I’ll be happy if I find true love
- I will be happy if I am successful in my career.
- I will be happy if I am healthy.
Happiness is not found in things. It is gratitude for what we have that creates happiness.
Following the Law of Attraction, more happiness will be attracted to individuals who are already happy.
Gratitude doesn’t come naturally to most of us. Aiming for unreachable goals can make it difficult to pause and truly appreciate what you have.
But the great news about gratitude: it gets easier with practice, and the perfect way to practice is to start a gratitude diary or journal.
Choosing a Gratitude Journal
1. Choose your diary carefully
Make the gratitude journal as fun as possible.
Choose a diary that visually stimulates you (you like how it looks!) Or decorate an ordinary, inexpensive notebook with precious pictures of people or things you love and care about (your children or pets or inspirational quotes and pictures).
Be creative and have fun as you customize your gratitude journal. If you like the look of your journal, you are more likely to continue your night journaling habit.
Don’t you feel particularly creative?
Make your selection of journals a special, rewarding experience. Head to a store with various journals or search online and indulge yourself with a diary that inspires you. Gift yourself a “thank you” diary you’ll love to look at every night.
2. Create a ritual
Even before you start writing on your “Thanksgiving” diary, choose a ritual that you will repeat every time you journal. Consistency is key here. Rituals impose a call to action for our mind, body, and soul with our muscle memory. Most importantly, rituals create habits.
A few “ritual” suggestions:
- Lighting candles
- Playing a favorite song
- Drinking a cup of tea
- Taking a relaxing bath
- A soothing prayer
Everything you decide to do is a great way to let your mind and body know that it’s time to focus on gratitude. Whatever you choose as a ritual, do it consistently. It strengthens the ability to turn action into habit and is generally fun and relaxing and motivates us to form our habit.
3. Express your gratitude and appreciation
Gratitude journals can be in any format desired. Some journalists prepare a gratitude list to express gratitude; others draw pictures or create a collage of pictures; a few are writing a poem to capture and express their gratitude.
Expressing your gratitude is very personal and entirely up to you.
Feel gratitude as you write.
Try to think that even at the end of a scary day, there is at least one good thing to be grateful for, no matter how trivial. Forget everything else and just write down for a moment that good, life thing and why you feel grateful for it.
Gratitude Journal ideas – What to be grateful for
- Your family
- Your health and vitality
- Your friends
- Your sweet memories from the past
- Your education and career
- Sunlight and warmth
- The Pets you have
- The Beach
- Cooling rain
- Your confidence
- The food you eat
- Music you enjoy
There are many things to be grateful for
4. Concentrate on quality
Our mind responds better to quality than quantity. A truly grateful paragraph content can outweigh a list of 50 items. It is difficult to associate gratitude with a long list.
Dive into even the smallest topics of your gratitude journal to help you consolidate your gratitude in your life. Observe from within as your body and mind get used to experiencing gratitude. The deeper you are grateful for even the smallest parts of your life, the easier it will be for you.
5. Book your day
It’s important to write regularly in a gratitude journal, every night, because it closes your day with a high note. It strengthens the feeling in your mind and helps you infuse thoughts into your soul. This sign to your subconscious uses dreams to process and understand the important emotions you associate with these thoughts.
Celebrate a positive attitude to start your day by rereading your thanksgiving notes post in the morning. This is just a double-ended bonus!