If you have ever perused the internet in search of articles and tips on ways to improve your sense of happiness, you may have stumbled upon the idea of a gratitude journal. Indeed, gratitude journals have been regarded as one of the best means for acknowledging and reflecting upon the things in your life that you are grateful for, focusing on the positives in life rather than the negatives.
Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
Research (and personal experiences) have shown that keeping a gratitude journal has a number of benefits, and may be one of the many things that you can incorporate into your life for increased levels of happiness, peace, and even a feeling of accomplishment or success. One article reports that the benefits of a gratitude journal include:
- Providing a “safe zone” where you can express your thoughts and feelings without judgement;
- Reduced stress;
- Enhanced feeling of calmness and serenity;
- Ability to reshape your perspective on the good things that happen to you;
- Improved ability to focus on the things that matter most in your life;
- Improved self-awareness;
- Improved clarity; and
- Source of reflection and reassurance when you need it – if you’re having an off or down day, you can read through your gratitude journal as a way to improve your spirits.
How to Keep a Gratitude Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Indeed, you can just jot down a few things that you’re grateful for every day in a list-like manner, or expand on these things and really delve into why you’re grateful for them. Your gratitude journal is your project, so you should keep it in a manner that works for you. That being said, some tips for an enhanced experience might include:
- Write down something different every day. Rather than making a list of the things that you’re grateful for today that mirrors the list that you made yesterday, try to get more creative and really delve into the depths of your soul to find new things that provide you with a feeling of gratitude.
- Write something daily, even if it’s just one thing. You don’t have to spend hours keeping your journal – we know that life gets busy! But you should write down something at least once per day, even if it’s brief.
- Write down the why behind the gratitude. For example, if you are grateful for a positive interaction you had with a co-worker, friend, or family member, write about the experience and then write why the experience was so positive. For example, “Susan and I were able to have a great conversation today because she respects me and cares about me, and this is based on the actions I’ve taken, like helping her when she really needed it.”
Learn More Tips for Creating a Happier You
A gratitude journal is just one of the many things that you can do to start having a happier, more productive life. To learn other tips and insights, reach out to Nadia Khalil today. You can contact Nadia by sending her a message using the online contact form found online. Consultations are all one-on-one, and completely private.