What is gratitude?
Gratitude is feeling thankful for all the little things in our lives.
When we practice gratitude, we focus our attention on the positive things, we start feeling love and appreciation for everything. It is one of the most inexpensive and non-time-consuming ways to improve our mental health. So, starting a gratitude journal is worth giving it a shot.
And by doing just 5 minutes of gratitude a day, in the long run, the benefits are endless:
- Reduce negative emotions
- Improve sleep quality
- We feel happier and more alive
- Improve confidence
- Better mental well-being
Starting a gratitude journal can feel overwhelming and building a habit can take time. So, in today’s post I’m sharing with you some tips on how to start a gratitude journal:
Get a gratitude journal
This can be an old notebook you already have or a brand new journal you purchased specifically for this purpose. Find what works best for you.
You can use:
- Premade gratitude journal
Premade gratitude journals have everything already laid out for you in a template and they can give you a clear structure to follow. You can find lots of them on Amazon for example.
They already have everything already laid out for you in a template too. You can find lots of them on Etsy or Pinterest for free where you can print out a page for each day.
There are plenty of gratitude apps and this can be a great option if you work better in digital format.
- Notebooks/paper/phone/computer notes:
Or you can write whatever is in your mind without having to follow any template. You can use paper, a random notebook or you can write on your computer or phone notes.
Set a time of the day to write in your gratitude journal
I personally suggest you write in your gratitude journal at the beginning or end of the day to start or end the day on a positive note. Do whatever works best for you. Make a habit of going there at the same time every day.
Choose your method
There are so many ways to practice gratitude. You can follow templates, you can write whatever is in your mind or you can answer a few questions everyday like the following ones:
- 3 things I am grateful for
- 3 people I am grateful for
- 3 things that would make today amazing
- 3 amazing things that happened today
- 3 things that would have made it better
Just think about what you’re grateful for. Think about what’s happening in your life, reflect on the people around you and your day-to-day.
Don’t worry about your handwriting, just let go, and write your gratitude however they come out.
Allow yourself to feel and be open-minded
Allow yourself to let the feeling of gratitude come into your body. Gratitude is a powerful emotion that will instantly release any stress and tension.
Be open to whatever you’re feeling thankful for, don’t judge whatever comes up. Give gratitude for anything, no matter what it is. And as you write, be aware of the depth of your gratitude for certain things.
Starting to practice gratitude is the simplest way to build meaning and improve your day-to-day. It will help you realize that stuff we often get upset about does not matter all that much. And you’ll definitely start feeling more happiness and joy in your life 🙂