I first starting writing a Gratitude Journal a few years ago. An ex-colleague told me about how noting down things she was grateful for had made a difference to her.
I have found it to be a positive experience and it has changed the way that I think. I feel more positive.
How does a Gratitude Journal work?
The definition of gratitude is ‘the quality of being thankful’. Gratitude is an emotion. It may feel like warmth in the body or an automatic smile.
I write down at least 3 things every night that I have been grateful for that day. These are sometimes events that are unexpected or surprising. Sometimes, its people that I am grateful to, other times it is things that I am grateful for.
Things that I have been grateful for include:
- the sun was shining when I woke up
- it was really good to catch up with some friends
- I enjoyed a bike ride with my family
- the aubergine plant has started to produce an aubergine
- I really love this summer dress that I am wearing. This last time I wore it was last Summer.
- my son cooked yummy food on a BBQ for us
You can use a favourite pen and a special notebook... Or you can use any old pen and notepad. It really does not matter.
The process of thinking about good things and writing them down is what makes the difference.
You may want to elaborate on why you are feeling grateful for each thing that you have written down. By elaborating, you can explore your feelings more deeply, which you may find beneficial.
Why write a gratitude journal?
Writing in my journal makes me feel positive even if I have had a difficult day. It starts to put things into perspective.
I have started to appreciate more of the small things.
Gratitude is associated with greater happiness, positivity, and well-being. This, in turn, can help improve health. It may also be of use in dealing with stress.
What happens when you practice gratitude?
Gratitude can change the way that you think and could potentially change your life. It makes you appreciate what you have rather than what you don’t have.
A study published in The Journal of Psychosomatic Research suggests that gratitude can help you sleep better and longer.
Other studies have also shown that gratitude can be linked to lower levels of depression, and anxiety and to fewer negative emotions.
Practicing gratitude will force you to pay attention to the good things in life rather than to take them for granted.
I thoroughly recommend this daily practice. It does not take much time and can improve your well-being.
What are you grateful for today?
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