Maintaining a gratitude journal will change your life. There are many proven benefits that you can gain by keeping a gratitude journal. Take time to purposefully think and write down the parts of your life that fulfill you. This alters your entire outlook on how things in your life are going.
Here are the ultimate tips for maintaining your gratitude journal:
Tip #1 – Make it a Routine
You have to be consistent. If you are not consistent, you will not see results. Scientists have extensively studied the science behind creating habits. Keeping a gratitude journal will make you feel happier, over the long term. But it has to be a part of a daily routine. Select a time to write in your journal and plant cues to remind yourself to write in it daily. And be intentional about that time you take to write.
Tip #2 – Write in Detail
You have to be present when you write. Writing in your gratitude journal shouldn’t be just another thing that you have to cross off your list. If you are approaching your gratitude journal in this way, you’re denying yourself the benefits that you can gain from the practice. Be present and conscious of the notations you are making. Be sure to journal in detail and think deeply about the things that have recently impacted your life that day or week.
Tip #3 – Uncover Gratitude in Unexpected Moments
Even in hard times, there are things to be grateful for. Challenge yourself to find gracious qualities in your life’s more difficult events. The purpose of having a gratitude journal is to help you savor the fruits of life, but there is more gratitude that you can uncover. For instance, were you getting ready to leave for work only to find out your car has a flat? Find gratitude in the fact that you weren’t driving the vehicle when the tire gave out.
Tip #4 – Acknowledge the Negative
Be okay with feeling sad. You will never be able to escape the challenges of life altogether. Any number of difficulties can affect our feelings of gratitude. However, if we try to rush through these struggles, or fight to find gratitude, we can end up feeling emotions of defeat and anxiety. So, when you are facing challenges allow yourself to feel negative.
Tip #5 – Show Gratitude Towards the Right Things
According to research, people who are consumed with the accumulation of material acquisitions and wealth are less likely to be happy compared to those who are grateful for what they currently have. Be appreciative of the moment. Focus not on the item, but what brought you there.
Keeping a gratitude journal will help you focus on the positives in your life and result in you being happier and overall, healthier. Keep reading about how gratitude can change your life on the Laken Lane Blog.