Once you get into the habit of contemplating what you’re grateful for each day, it’s time to consider making it a written activity. This can be intimidating for people who don’t like to write or who feel they may not have time to dedicate to such a practice. In all honestly, it really doesn’t take much more time to write it down than to think on what you appreciate, and you don’t have to have strong writing skills to jot down three sentences. Let’s see if we can’t make the process seem less stressful. There truly are some amazing benefits that come from the physical process of creating a record of gratefulness.
More About Gratitude Journals
While it’s called a “gratitude journal”, it’s a tool or a record. You don’t have to write in a paper journal. The important part is that you take the time each day to record a few things that make you feel fortunate. Doing so can help to manifest more positive things. Writing what you appreciate each day brings a 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.
Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
As we have talked about Gratitude Journals. Understand 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 embrace an attitude of gratitude. Plus, the act of writing can be therapeutic. Writing also helps to give you a different perspective on things you might not see as readily without engaging in the process. You can identify patterns and insight into your life that might help you identify opportunities and to grow.
Tips for Using Your Journal
The most important thing with a gratitude journal is a consistency of 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 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 write 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. Incorporate your morning coffee into your journal writing or light a candle with a lovely aroma to company your routine. Just make it yours.
A gratitude journal can be an insightful and life-changing tool. Remember, you only must 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.
More tomorrow on Day #4!