What Is A Gratitude Journal & Why You Should Be Using One Daily

How A Gratitude Journal Changed My Life

You would be surprised by the difference a gratitude journal can make in your life. The moment I started keeping a gratitude journal, my life started to change is so many ways. If you do not know what a gratitude journal is and why you should be using one daily, keep reading because I am going to answer all of your questions but first let me share with you how a gratitude journal change my life.

It wasn’t too long ago really that I was stuck. I was feeling resentful and bitter about losing so much time from being chronically ill for so long. I was angry about a lot of things and at a lot of people.  I was throwing myself in to my business and always wondering why I wasn’t seeing the kind of success that everyone else seemed to be having.

But what I was failing to see was that all I was doing was blaming, complaining and making excuses. I did not take time to express gratitude.

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I had heard about gratitude journaling and thought to myself, seriously , what do I have to lose? So I started writing down the things I was grateful for. If you are having a hard time actually finding things to be grateful for. Start with the little things, do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food to eat? Are you healthy? You may have to dig deep at first,, but you will find it!

Becoming more mindful and practicing Gratitude lead me participate in an event with Jack Canfield and my feelings about gratitude were re-enforced by the things Jack said during that life changing event. 

The more I practiced expressing and feeling gratitude, the more my life started to change for the better. New opportunities just showed up, my business started becoming more successful and my relationships improved. I started winning things and my health started to improve! You can read a little more about that story here. 

Who could benefit from keeping a gratitude journal?

Almost every member of the family might benefit from a gratitude journal. Consider providing each member of the family a notebook or assisting everyone in choosing a notebook for his or her journal. Those that are artistic might have pleasure customising the cover of their journal. Even a four-year-old could create a daily entry by sketching a picture for the day.  Another family member might choose to use images to document their daily gratitude. Photos of a place or animal or loved one.

 

How Often Should You Write In A Gratitude Journal?

Writing in your gratitude journal daily is where you are going to receive the most benefit.

I actually recommend writing in your gratitude journal twice per day.

Best Time To Do Gratitude Journal?

The best time to write in your gratitude is either first thing in the morning so that you are starting your day with gratitude or writing in it right before you go to sleep so that your subconscious mind is replaying all of the things you are grateful for. 

Why Use A Gratitude Journal?

Gratitude is the frequency of abundance. The more you express gratitude, the more you raise your vibration.  You attract what you are a vibrational match for, so if you raise your vibrational frequency, you will start to attract better things in to your life and be able to manifest the things that you desire. 

Gratitude Journal & Mental Health

Many people who suffer from anxiety and depression often find that writing in a gratitude journal daily , helps improve their mental health by creating a different perspective on their life.  Maintain an attitude of gratitude and  watch and things start to change.

Where Can I Buy A Gratitude Journal?

You can buy a gratitude journal almost anywhere! It does not have to be a fancy journal, it can be a pretty notebook you picked up from Walmart  or The Dollarama. It can be some pages you printed off of Etsy or Creative Market.

You can design your own, or purchase some really beautiful journals off of Amazon or Etsy. I also have a line of my own own journals that you can purchase here.

Gratitude Challenge

I would love to join me in a Gratitude Challenge. Take the next 21 days to focus on gratitude. Make a list of 10 things each day that you are grateful for.

Don’t have a journal? That is fine come back here each day and post what you are grateful for or just write on blank pieces of paper and put them in a box. 

 

What are the advantages of keeping a gratitude journal?

Many successful people keep a gratitude diary. What you put your attention to in life is what you get. If you continuously focus on the bad, you will continue to get negativity. By maintaining this notebook, you are forcing yourself to sit and ponder without interruption at least once a day, on good things to appreciate, even if it is only for 5 minutes. It increases your awareness of your surroundings and makes you more observant. This gratitude diary might also help you get in a good mood.

It takes discipline to begin a new behaviour. Commit to writing in the notebook every day for at least 21 days to make it a habit and something you can truly benefit from. According to experts, it takes 21 days to form a new habit. These diaries may be a wonderful method to improve family communication. Maybe once a week, each family member might bring his or her journal to dinner and share a couple of entries from the previous week that meant a lot to them.

If you’re having a real off day and feel as though you don’t have anything to be thankful for, then be thankful that you kept a journal and look back over the pages of previous entries to remind yourself how thankful and lucky you are!

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