It’s no secret that keeping a gratitude journal is a good habit to form. Not only is it going to be beneficial to both your physical and mental well-being, but it’s also an incredibly easy habit to form that doesn’t require too much time and effort.
And despite being a simple and easy habit that everybody has the ability to form, it still remains an effective habit to implement into our lives as the benefits of doing so have the power to be monumental.
While regular journaling is a good step in providing us with the ability to clear our thoughts and find clarity, there is something about keeping a gratitude journal that can take our life experiences to a whole new level. It’s more than just writing down our thoughts. Keeping a gratitude journal requires us to reflect, to put things into perspective, and to truly focus on how good we have it in life, even when we may think differently.
How To Keep A Gratitude Journal
The concept is simple; when you wake up in the morning, you simply reflect on what you are most grateful for. Maybe you’re grateful for something that happened yesterday, or maybe you’re grateful simply for the opportunity to live and see another day.
As you get ready for bed, maybe you want to take some time to reflect on that list and even consider adding to it.
The point is, there is no one right or wrong way to keep a gratitude journal. There is only the way that is going to be most beneficial for you, and the way that is going to help you see all of the good that life has to offer.
Every morning, I make sure to add to my gratitude journal. For me, I break my gratitude journal into three different sections. The first is what I am happy for. This includes a minimum of 5 things that I am happy about. The second includes a minimum of 5 things that I am grateful for. The third includes a minimum of 5 goals that I have for my day.
I mean, take a look at how I spent my morning… How can I not be grateful for that view?!
Reasons Why You Should Keep A Gratitude Journal
I want to share with you 5 reasons why you should keep a gratitude journal, and how doing so has helped to change my life for the better.
1. It Helps Increase Positivity
Probably the greatest benefit of keeping a gratitude journal is the fact that it will help to increase your positivity. I used to spend a lot of my time focusing on all that was missing from my life instead of all that I was blessed to have. Because I was so focused on what was lacking in my life and on the things that I wanted but didn’t have, I became depressed and miserable.
When I started taking the time to prioritize and focus on all that I already had, it made me realize how blessed I truly am. It wasn’t until I was able to see how blessed I was that I was able to find a sense of happiness and enjoyment for the life that I already had.
2. It Helps Improve Self-Esteem & Self-Worth
When you feel miserable and depressed, your self-esteem takes a hit and you start to second guess every decision you make. I was no different.
The reason why my self-esteem was so low was because I always felt as though I was lacking in life. I felt as though I never had the ability to achieve my goals, to find happiness, and never believed that I deserved any of these things. Because I felt so poorly about myself, I not only felt poorly about my life, but about all that was around me.
The thing is, I wasn’t lacking anything, I just wasn’t focusing on what I was blessed with and wasn’t prioritizing the thoughts that I should have been. When I made the mental shift to start focusing on the good that filled my life and decided to keep a gratitude journal, only then did I start to see how good I had it in life and how privileged I have been to have the life that I do.
3. It Reduces Stress and Anxiety
There is just something about being able to write down and physically see all that you are truly blessed with that helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Personally speaking, I need to write down what I am grateful for, otherwise, I feel as though I don’t fully grasp how fortunate I truly am.
In times of stress, I have found that it’s also easier to reflect on all of the good that fills my life when I have it written down instead of trying to recall all that I am grateful for when my mind is already racing at a million miles per hour. As a person who gets stressed rather easily, keeping a gratitude journal has been a saving grace.
4. It Makes Life More Enjoyable
Showing gratitude doesn’t mean that we have everything we want in life, but it does mean that we feel more positively about what we already do have.
Life is so much more enjoyable when we live with gratitude. Showing gratitude makes it easier to smile and to be happy. It makes it easier to be optimistic. And overall, it just makes it easier to feel a lot better about life in general.
The more gratitude we show, the more we feel these emotions. So the question begs, why wouldn’t we want to show as much gratitude as we possibly can knowing the benefits of doing so?
5. It Helps You Grow Relationships With Yourself and Others
Would you rather spend your time around negative individuals, or would you rather spend your time around individuals who are happy, fun, caring, outgoing, and what can see the good in life? I hope you would rather spend your time with those who bring out the best in you and those who love their life.
Well, others feel the same way. Others would much rather spend time with individuals who are optimistic and love life as well. The more optimistic and grateful you are in life, the happier you will be and the better relationships you will attract into your life.
Keeping a gratitude journal has been one of the easiest, but yet, most impactful things that I have done to improve my happiness and overall feelings towards life. There is so much to be grateful for in life, but so much that we often overlook in life.
Like any new habit, it may take some time to see noticeable changes, but after a few weeks, you could find yourself appreciating your life more than ever before and finding gratitude in all areas of your life.
Do yourself a favor and make the investment in yourself, do something that your future self will thank you for, and keep a gratitude journal. It may just change your life as it has mine.