Gratitude Journal
"the importance of expressing gratitude"

Keeping a gratitude journal is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be just a regular old spiral note book. Of course, I prefer a notebook just a little more fancy myself. It makes me feel good to write in it. The choice of your journal is not important except that it should make you want to write in it.

Getting Started

Once you have chosen your journal, it is time to get to work. You don’t have to fill a page every day but, you do want to make entries on a daily basis. I try to put down 10 things I am grateful for everyday in mine. I date each entry and then I write the numbers 1-10 down the side of the page for my gratitude list. Once I have done this I enter in the things I am grateful for that day. Sometimes I add a few more, but I always jot down at least ten.

You can keep your journal where you like. I keep mine by my bed along with a pen, so that each night before I go to bed I can make my entries. Doing this before you go to bed will also melt the stresses of the day away and allow you to sleep more soundly.

The Benifits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal

Writing in your journal is just one way to express gratitude. The benefits of expressing gratitude are well worth the effort regardless of the method you choose to express it. Below are just a few benefits.

  • Expressing gratitude reduces stress
  • Gratitude lists make us focus on the positive
  • It keeps you grounded.
  • Expressing gratitude is good for your health and reduces high blood pressure.
  • It lifts our spirits.
  • It bring more of the things we are thankful for into our lives by focusing on those things.
  • It feels good
  • It changes a negative attitude into a positive one.

The benefits are more than I can count and it only takes a few moments out of your day. So, if you take nothing else from this site, please make it a habit to write in your gratitude journal. You will start seeing changes in yourself and your world right away. Gratitude is one of the most powerful tools in improving your life. 

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