Why You should Own a Gratitude Journal This Year
According to Wikipedia, a gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives.
Gratitude, the feeling of appreciation or thanks, has gained a lot of attention in the field of positive psychology. Some studies have found that those who are habitually grateful are happier than those who are not. Furthermore, studies suggest that feelings of gratitude may even possess mental and physical health benefits. Positive psychology strives to develop methods by which one can consistently enhance gratitude levels. Furthermore, the maintenance of a gratitude journal can help relieve depressive symptoms
Writing down the thing we are grateful for enhances our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Get a gratitude journal. Make it very special and dare to you, decorate it and make it very personal.
Every day, before you go to bed at night, make a list of a minimum of 10 things that you are grateful for.
Here are some things to include in your gratitude journal;
1. Journal about things, people, or situations for which you are grateful. Consider including negative situations like avoiding an accident, for instance.
2. Think about someone for whom you are grateful
3. Write a gratitude letter to someone for whom you are thankful. Consider sending it or giving it to them in person.
4. Do the “Count Your Blessings” exercise
5. Practice saying “thank you” in a real and meaningful way. Write thank-you notes.
6. Be mindful of your five senses. How does each enhance your life?
7. Create visual reminders to practice gratitude. Sticky notes, notifications, and people are great for this.
8. Focus on the good that others have done on your behalf.
9. Actions lead to gratitude. Smile, say thank you,
10. Give something up. We tend to adapt to newness; sometimes it’s a good idea to give something up so that we can increase our appreciation of it.