Have you ever tried journaling? Did you like it? I’ve been doing it since I was about 10, I guess. I have always loved writing and reading too. It gives you an outlet to get all of your feelings down on paper or even if you’re just keeping notes or little tidbits about your favorite person or favorite things that you love so much.
I still journal to this day, but I never thought about deliberately writing things down that I’m grateful for. Sure, I wrote down things that I was grateful for but in a way that it was incorporated into whatever subject I was writing about.
After I got a little older and started having the anxiety and depression, everyone started telling me that I was negative and grumpy and that my attitude was bad. I mostly just ignored them and kept on doing my thing.
I had a teacher in high school that was the most wonderful human being I had ever met. She knew most of my history with my health and the other family issues that I had going on and she would talk to me every day about how I could be anything I wanted and that I was smart and shouldn’t let outside influences affect me negatively.
She told me to start writing down everything I am grateful for every night when I went to bed. She said that I should do this for a month and then tell her what I thought at the end of the month. I told her I would and started the next day.
At the end of the month, I was really suprised at how much better I felt. I wasn’t grumpy and depressed, I was happy and humming all the time. That’s how I knew something had changed…I always hummed when I was happy.
I kept doing that and still do it today. That was my saving Grace. Now I want to tell everyone all about it. I want them to be able to feel that calm and contented feeling.
How does this work?
A gratitude journal is just for you and you only, unless you want to share it. It doesn’t have to have long, drawn out paragraph in it, unless you have a lot to say, it doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be about anything except your thoughts and feelings.
When should I do this?
You can write in your journal anytime you want. If it’s easiest in the mornings, do it then as a part of your morning routine. If before bedtime is good, then find a quiet spot that you know you won’t have any distractions, settle in with your journal, and write until your heart is content. It can be long and reflective or it can be just a few lines.
When you are ready to do this, go and buy you a journal that you just love everything about it. Get some good pens and markers and even stickers, if you like being creative.
Set your intentions for writing in your journal everyday and hold yourself accountable. If you do this, you’ll be more likely to follow through.
Why Gratitude journals are good for you.
This is a crazy time that we are living in and sometimes, we forget about all the good because we are focused on all of the scary or negative things going on around us.
By journaling your gratitude everyday, it brings positivity into your mind everyday. Being grateful and writing that down everyday has been shown to make you feel happier, reduce anxiety, and helps relieve depression.
I hope this has helped you better understand gratitude journaling and I hope it brings you the same joy that it has brought me for so many years.
“You are the most valuable investment you’ll ever make”