It’s a snow day here in DC! It also happens to be March 21, the second day of spring.. but we’ll look past that. I’m always happy for a mid-week snow day while it’s still somewhat acceptable 🙂
Today I wanted to share 4 tips for keeping a gratitude journal, a daily practice I picked up two years ago. I made a short video this past summer introducing the topic on my YouTube channel. Check it out here! I filmed it on my vacation in Hawaii 🙂
Gratitude has almost turned into a buzz word in recent years. Not gonna lie, it can be irritating to see it printed on every mug and wall art, but gratitude can truly transform your life.
Many studies have been conducted about the psychological, social, and physical benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. In short, you become wired to focus on the positive and it creates a better sense of wellbeing! Actually writing your thoughts onto paper versus keeping it in your head is more powerful because it makes you become more aware, therefore deepening the emotional impact.
^ Oprah knows best.
Here are 4 tips to get the most reward out of your gratitude journal –
- Write With Intention – Before you start this practice, make the conscious decision that you want to live a more joyful and fulfilling life. It will allow you to more easily evoke the feelings of happiness and pure gratitude when you sit down and write, rather than just going through the motion of writing a list for the sake of it.
- Quality Over Quantity – Think about going into more detail with each piece of gratitude instead of writing fluff. Understand why you’re grateful for something. For example, “I’m grateful for this snow day so I can spend quality time with my mom talking and cooking together that is often rare.” or “I’m grateful for my healthy & strong body that carried me through a tough workout class so I can come out more confident in my own skin.”
- Be In Awe – See every little thing as a gift and take nothing for granted. Like Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.” You’ll never get bored in life with that mindset. For example, I’m always fascinated by how our bodies naturally heal and restore itself like when we break a bone, hungover, etc. It’s all so neat 🤓 Find the beauty in the little things.
- Be Consistent – Just like any habit you want to adopt, be consistent. Start off with writing 3x a week and stick to that schedule. Maybe you’ll slowly find yourself having such a grateful heart all the time that you want to write in your journal every night!
Ultimately there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just be grateful! No need for a fancy journal, either. Sit down with a pen, paper, and a full heart and you’re all set.
What are your thoughts on gratitude journals? Do you keep one or thinking about it? Let me know in the comments! Happy Hump Day ❤