Do You Keep a Gratitude Journal?

September 21, 2017 4 Comments

Accessing the Power of Gratitude With a 'Gratitude Journal'

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. An appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and even a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude's many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just an 'inspirational word'. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit... And that can take some time.

That's why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn't a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It's more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: colorful autumn leaves, legs that work, friends who listen and really hear, chocolate, fresh eggs, warm jackets, tomatoes, the ability to read, roses, our health, butterflies. What's on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude by Journaling:

Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

  • Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.
  • Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.
  • Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.
  • When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.
  • Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

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4 Responses

Cindy k.
Cindy k.

October 14, 2017

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings on gratitude. I have been really feeling unmotivated, and somewhat depressed. Just reading your thoughts and ideas have made me feel better. I am going to make an effort to start my gratitude journal today. Thanks again, I really needed to read this today!!

Starr
Starr

October 11, 2017

I’ve just come thru a particularly difficult time in my life. And while I’m entirely grateful for my breakthrough, the struggle is not over. Focusing on my gratefulness has kept me moving forward but sometimes it’s difficult to maintain that focus. Journaling may help. Thanks for the tips!!

Jamye B
Jamye B

October 07, 2017

I am currently doing a grateful journal as I am going through a hard and confusing time. I do believe that to focus on what IS a good alters your mood and overall outlook on life. What I need to remember is to stay consistent with the journal when things start to turn around and pick back up. I tend to do them when I’m in the midst of a storm. Thank you for this article. It’s a pleasant reminder of where I’m trying to get back to.

Mel
Mel

September 21, 2017

Thank you for sharing. I believe this came right on time. I will be getting me a journal to start my gratitude and incorporating what we are thankful for at the dinner table for the kids (get them into the swing of things). Appreciated!!!

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