In addition to practicing meditation with Headspace, I recently started a gratitude journal. Why? Because it’s not enough to decide to be grateful, we also have to actively practice and train (like everything else actually) to make sure that those simple daily acts of gratitude truly have an impact on health and happiness. The practice of gratitude journaling actually achieves just that, and it can only take a few minutes a day (or more if you feel inspired!)
What is a gratitude journal?
In essence, a gratitude journal is a tool to keep track of the good things in life, because no matter how difficult and defeating life can sometimes feels, there is always something to be grateful for. And in addition, regularly journaling the good things can help prepare and strengthen us to deal with the rougher patches when they do show up.
To get started, we just write down the things we’re grateful for on a daily basis, for example:
It basically is that easy. But we might be wondering, how does this practice do for us?
The benefits of a gratitude journal
There are good benefits of being grateful in general (I have discussed this here a few years ago) but here are a few benefits that people have noticed when practicing regular gratitude journaling:
In addition, gratitude journaling can provide a sense of context and interconnectedness. It can remind us how things in life are connected to one another, and guide us to one of those rare moments in which we truly recognize that the world is so much bigger than us, yet we are grateful just to be a small part of it.
Ideas for items in a gratitude log
Of course, a gratitude journal is a personal endeavor that must be unique to us and our life, however If you’re stuck at the start, at least a few of these prompts should be able to kickstart your gratitude creativity:
In conclusion, if you feel thankful, write it down: it’s good for your health! There's a growing body of research on the benefits of gratitude, as studies have found that giving thanks and counting blessings can help us sleep better, lower stress and improve interpersonal relationships. It's one of the practices that really wins out from the field of positive psychology, because it takes very little time, and the benefits are so powerful.
@philippemora > I come from the future.
I work and I workout. Always be kind and passionate.
I come from the future. I work and I workout. Always be kind and passionate.