Like attracts like. It’s why a smile instantly makes someone feel better and a random act of kindness feels so good! During our 30-Day Challenge, we’re seeking ways to create more joy in our lives.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to the importance of gratitude. Feeling grateful for what you already have in your life can lead to many other positive feelings. One tool to help you harness the power of gratitude in your life, is a journal. Let’s explore the concept of feeling grateful and using a gratitude journal to practice mindfulness. I’ve included some of my favourite gratitude journal prompts to help you get started!
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What is Gratitude Journaling?
The ideas is simple. You use your gratitude journal to write down what you’re feeling grateful for every day. It can be a paper journal or digital. Personally, I love putting pen to paper and the smell and feel of an actual, physical journal. But there are also some great journaling apps you can use if you like as well! The point is to have a way to write down what you’re grateful for, each day!
Benefits of a Gratitude Journal
Reminding yourself on a regular basis of all that’s good in your life has a lot of benefits, all of which will help lead you to be a happier person.
Gratitude helps to slay a lot of negative feelings because positivity is more powerful than negativity. In today’s digitally connected world, especially, it’s easy to compare yourself to others and end up feeling bad about yourself.
Gratitude helps to push envy, insecurity, and fear aside. It can lessen depression and anxiety, making happier! When you feel grateful for what you have, you’ll also feel more confident and in control. This positive perspective can also improve motivation, and mental health.
When you know what’s important in your life, you’ll appreciate it more. You’ll have stronger relationships because of it and treasure the important things and people in your life.
How to Keep a Gratitude Journal
As I said, it doesn’t matter which type of journal you use. What’s important is that you use it on a regular basis to enjoy the full benefits. Maintaining a sense of gratitude requires maintenance. Keeping your journal daily is probably best, but even setting aside three times a week will help.
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A lot of people choose to end their day by journaling what they’re grateful for. This is a simple and great way to get started. You might decide to try a different approach later. Gratitude journal prompts can help prompt feelings of gratitude and get you started!
Regardless, keeping a gratitude journal is easy. Simply write down three to five things that you are grateful for each day. Try to make them specific. Even something as small as receiving help on a project from a colleague will do, as long as it reminds you of something you value.
Here are some helpful gratitude journal prompts to get your started:
Gratitude Journal Prompts
How grateful are you right now on a scale of 1-10?
What comes to mind when you think of being grateful?
Do you believe in the power of gratitude? Why or why not?
How will your relationships change if you’re more grateful?
What are three things that happened today that you’re grateful for?
Who are three people you’re thankful for and why?
What are three abilities you have that you’re grateful for?
Detail an experience you’re grateful for
Why is it so powerful to say ‘thank you’ to others?
Write a thank you note to the universe
Detail a random act of kindness you’ve encountered
Write down a time you helped someone in need
Write about a time someone helped you when you were in need
What are some more ways you can express gratitude?
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
Detail a way to give back to someone this week
Write about a special place you love that you’re grateful for
There you have it. A gratitude journal is a powerful tool for bringing more happiness into your life. I highly recommend it. Why not start now with the gratitude journal prompts I provided and see how much better you feel:)