Updated: November 16, 2022
There are many benefits of having a gratitude journal. You may be wondering: What’s in it for me and how do I start journaling?
Well, you’re in luck! Today we’re going to discuss the many benefits of having a gratitude journal. Who knows? Maybe this will inspire you to start a gratitude journal this year!
But first, let’s back up a bit….You may think that the mere act of writing down what you’re grateful for is enough, but this isn’t true at all. You need to write down your thoughts as well as reflect on them. From there, you can let these musings marinate, giving yourself time to soak in those feelings.
So, let’s dig in, shall we? Read on to learn the benefits of a gratitude journal.
When you put pen to paper, this actually helps improve your mental state, which can help you feel more positive about life.
For some people, a journal can be a helpful outlet to practice gratitude, especially if you are feeling depressed or anxious. Don’t worry if you’re not an expressive writer – you don’t have to be a talented writer to jot down your thoughts and feelings in your gratitude journal.
Even if there’s nothing that seems meaningful on a particular day, you can find something miniscule to be thankful for. It’s completely normal to struggle at first, so think of small things, like being grateful for shelter, food, or water.
Before you know it, your gratitude journal may help improve your mood and inspire you to incorporate other self-care practices like meditation.
Someone who keeps a gratitude journal may also find that they sleep better at night. Why? Because when you feel like you have a lot to be grateful for, it’s easier to sleep more soundly and wake up feeling refreshed.
Although some studies have found that writing in a gratitude journal didn’t help people fall asleep faster, those who kept one did report getting a more restful sleep each night.
When you feel grateful for what you have and who you are, it makes a huge difference in the way that you deal with other people.
Gratitude gives you more patience when dealing with your family members or co-workers because it helps you see them in a more positive light. It’s important to remember that gratitude doesn’t mean you’re excusing negative behaviors; it simply means that you’re concentrating on the positive.
A greater sense of gratitude helps you to be more patient and less judgmental, and this can strengthen relationships in your life.
You’ll Have A Different Perspective
If you try to look at the world through a lens of negativity or pessimism, it’s hard to see the positive side of any situation.
Yet, if you have a gratitude journal, it will help you see that there is always something good in life and you’ll appreciate more aspects of your world and what’s happening around you. For example, you might notice things in other people that are positive instead of just focusing on their flaws.
Enrich Your Life with a gratitude Journal
When you start to recognize all the good things that are happening in your life, it will give you more reasons to appreciate what you already have. This can enrich your life for many years to come. It will also help you enjoy each day of your life, instead of constantly wanting something new.
Take a Little Time Each Day to be Grateful
When you sit down each day and write in your gratitude journal, it really doesn’t take that much time. You can find about five minutes to jot down what you’re grateful for; just enough time to make a bowl of cereal or sip on a cup of coffee.
Five minutes a day is all it takes to make a difference in your life, and the best part is that you’ll have something special to read down the road. Better yet, even kids can reap the benefits of a gratitude journal! Here’s how to start journaling with kids.
The bottom line: Having a gratitude journal can help improve your mood and overall well-being. Plus, writing down your thoughts – good, bad or in-between – will help you be mindful, practice self-care, appreciate all that you have, and make your daily life more fulfilling. Are you ready to give a gratitude journal a try? You’ve got this!?
Robyn Parets is the founder and CEO of Pretzel Kids.