The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal

Remind yourself of the last time you felt truly grateful for something. Was it about a person in your life, being able to run or the kind gesture of a stranger?

Being grateful for something can come in many different shapes and forms. Gratitude is the emotion you express for something you appreciate having or getting. It’s about recognizing the value of something without its monetary worth. It can be described as a spontaneously feeling or an affirmation of goodness, it starts with noticing the good in your life.

The opposite of gratitude – and what one might call “thieves of gratitude” – are narcissism, envy and cynicism. A culture of materialism, which is all about instant gratification, and seeing things as the source of happiness and constantly wanting new stuff is the opposite of being grateful for what you have. (This is bad, in case someone was wondering.)

Although gratitude in itself is a spontaneous emotion, research show that you can live a happier life by consciously make efforts to count your blessings. It is possible to train your brain to experience this wonderful feeling – and there are several personal and social benefits to do so. Yay!

You can feel grateful for your life in general, having a job and a stable income, your family, your pet (well ok – I know they’re family), colleagues, friends, nature and your health. This gratitude will impact your life, both on the inside and on the outside.

Appreciation boosts your happiness and will make a difference for both your physical and mental health. This applies even to those who might struggle with depression, or other mental issues. Over time, the effects of gratitude will snowball and, in a way, pay itself forward. Amazing, right?!

So go ahead – start a gratitude journal.

Write down three things each day that you are grateful for, no matter how big or small. Do this every day.

If you do it in the evening before going to bed you’ll probably sleep better since you’re focused on what’s made you happy during the day, instead of the stressful things that might have occurred.

What are you grateful for today?

How to Find Inspiration is available here: https://payhip.com/b/2n4a

You can find more articles on this subject here:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/finding-new-home/201811/another-potential-benefit-gratitude-healthier-eating

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/between-you-and-me/201809/you-should-express-gratitude-today-here-are-5-reasons-why

https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/basics/gratitude

  1. Yes! I agree! Wonderful article. Being grateful is essential. I have several journals going on – and one of them is gratitude. Whenever i feel down, I go back to it and read some of my entries and it lifts my spirit up

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Jessi! That is a great idea, everyone should revisit their gratitude journal when they feel down ❤

      Like

  2. I’m grateful for the internet and being able to stay connected, not just to family, but to the wider world in these strange times.
    Gratitude is something I’m ready trying to work on. Great post 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! I’m also grateful to be able to connect to friends abroad through video calls and to be able to know what happens around the world. Take care! ❤

      Like

  3. Great post clundqvist! Gratitude and focussing on the simple things that we do have is ESPECIALLY vital nowadays with the world as impacted as it is right now. Followed 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much Macy! That is so true, keeping focus on the simple things we have to be grateful for is so important ❤

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to macy! Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: