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Often, one feels can promote another. During the last 30 days, we were seeking ways to create calm in our lives. Today, I’d like to introduce you to the importance of gratitude (my favorite topic and activity.) Feeling grateful for what you have in your life can lead to many other positive feelings. One tool to help you harness the power of gratitude is a journal. Let’s explore the concept of feeling grateful and using a gratitude journal to practice mindfulness.

About a Gratitude Journal

A gratitude journal is a place where you write down what you’re feeling grateful for each day. It can be in paper or electronic form, depending on your preference. There are beautiful bound journals that might appeal to someone who likes the feel of putting pen to paper and who appreciates the artistry of a physical book. You can also find apps and programs to keep your journal digitally if you prefer your preferred method. The point is to secure a resource in which you can record your daily ramblings of gratitude.

Benefits of a Gratitude Journal

Reminding yourself regularly of all that’s good in your life comes with a host of benefits, all of which will help lead you to the calm you seek. Gratitude helps to slay a lot of negative emotions. In today’s digitally connected world, especially, it’s easy to compare yourself to others and to think you’re lacking. Gratitude helps to push envy, insecurity, and fear aside. Essentially, it can lessen depression and anxiety, leading you to feel happier. When you feel grateful for what you have, it’s also more likely that you’ll begin to notice an increase in your self-confidence. You’ll feel more in control and able when you know you already have what matters in life. This perspective can also improve perspective, motivation, and mental fortitude. Finally, knowing what’s important in life leads to stronger relationships. It encourages you to treasure and appreciate the important people in your life. 

How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

As I said, it doesn’t matter which type of format you use. What’s important is that you use it regularly to gain the best effects. Maintaining a sense of gratitude requires maintenance. Keeping your journal daily is probably best, but even setting aside three times a week will help. Many people choose to end their day by recalling what they’re grateful for. This is a great practice to start with. You might decide to try a different approach later. Regardless, keeping a gratitude journal is easy. Write down three to five things that you are grateful for each day. Try to make them specific. Even something as small as receiving help on a project from a colleague will do, as long as it reminds you of something you value.

There you have it. A gratitude journal is a powerful tool for bringing more calm into your life. I highly recommend it. Why not start yours tonight? 

2 comments on “Use a Gratitude Journal to Practice Mindfulness

  1. AP2 says:

    Completely agree. A gratitude journal is a powerful tool. I often write about the opportunities and things I ‘get’ to do that day first thing in the morning. That gratitude is often reinforced when I undertake said activity or task. Thanks for sharing 🙏

    1. Amira says:

      You are so welcome! Starting your morning this way is one of the best ways to use a gratitude journal.

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