A couple weeks ago, I started the practice of gratitude journaling. One reason for doing so was knowing I wanted to get into more positive habits, and another was for the difficult and frustrating situation I have been going through for the past few months. Little did I know that this one habit would actually stick and would change my perspective with more positivity and gratefulness for even the smallest of daily things.
How-to: I used my only journal and divided some pages specifically for gratitude journaling. Basically, labeled the pages and numbered them. Each night before bed I grabbed the journal, dated the month day and year, and wrote down 3 things I was grateful for that day. (Started with: I am grateful for…) After that I separated the section with a line for the next day. I know some people do 3 things in the morning and 3 at night…but it honestly is all up to each what works best.
The outcome: It has turned into a daily habit for the most part now, sometimes I do miss a day, but am right back to it the next day. Before journaling, I felt everyday was the same, and that my situation didn’t seem to be getting better or progressing. I noticed I had more negative thoughts and judgment going on in my mind throughout the day. It may not have seemed like it because I kept it all inside, but I knew this was not good. Lastly, I felt like the universe wasn’t on my side.
After practicing gratitude as a habit, I not only felt more grateful for what I had but also felt more calm and optimistic. There is so much good going around us, that others may not even have the privilege of. It made me see things in a different light instead of spending so much time judging myself for everything wrong I was doing. Gratitude heals the soul from within and transforms your outside experience. It is minimalistic in the way that being grateful doesn’t cost one cent, nor does “gratitude journaling” if you already have a pen and paper!
Have any of you tried gratitude journaling? If so, what benefits have you seen from doing it?