Gratitude is an emotion that expresses appreciation and thankfulness. Keeping a gratitude journal to write down your experiences and feelings can be good for your health physically and mentally. Journaling can also help your healing process or aid your journey in recovery.
Here are other benefits of journaling about our thankfulness:
- Aids positive mindset
- Better sleep habits
- Decreased anxiety
- Helps you realize what’s important to you
- Improved immune function
- Improved self-esteem
- Positive attitude towards yourself and others
- Reduces stress
- Strengthens relationships with other
Another benefit to journaling is the ability to look back and remind yourself of times that you felt thankful and happy. On the days that you feel a little down, reading your gratitude journal can help lift your mood.
There is no right or wrong way to start or maintain your gratitude journal. But here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Pick a private place free for distractions
- Set time aside to document your feelings
- Try to start a regular schedule when to journal
- Throughout the day, keep a pen and paper with you, so you can write down feelings or moments you would like to add to your journal.
Types of Journals
You can document all of your daily activities, feelings, and experiences.
A journal where you only focus on the good moments or feelings you have come across and what you want to remember or reflect on.
Take pictures of places, things, or people that make you feel happy. You can place these photos in a book with short descriptions of how you were feeling at that moment and why you’re thankful for those objects or people.
You can document your days or share what makes you feel happy without writing it down.
You can get creative and film parts of your day that you enjoy. Film places, objects, or people who you would like to add to your video journal. You can also talk about these experiences without writing anything down.
Social Media Journal
Use your social media page as a way to share your feelings of gratitude. Reading about what makes you happy can lighten a loved ones’ day too.