Gratitude Journaling Tips with Create Share Inspire Notebooks
It is a well known fact that there are many benefits to keeping a journal, but those benefits increase when you factor gratitude into the practice of journaling. Cultivating gratitude focuses the mind more on what we have than what we don’t have. Gratitude improves self-esteem, mental health and physical health. It costs nothing, takes minimal time, yet the benefits are enormous.
There are many things to be grateful for, beyond receiving a gift or compliment. It may seem impossible to think of things to be grateful for, but here are a few tips to get you started. You may be surprised but once you get rolling, it gets easier and easier to find and feel things that fill you with gratitude.
Did someone slow down to let you merge into traffic today?
Did you have to leave for work earlier than usual but get to witness a beautiful sunrise?
Did the flu/cold pass around the office but miss you?
Did you drop a plate on the floor and it did not break?
Did you worry about being late to something and somehow still arrive on time?
Did you have a random conversation with a stranger that brightened your day?
Did you find something on sale at the store exactly when you were looking for that item?
It is helpful to create a routine to get started. Good habits begin with getting started, then staying consistent.
Set aside a time that you think you can commit to daily. Is it right when you wake up? As you’re enjoying your first coffee? Or maybe it is as you are settling down for bed? Maybe it is on your lunch hour?
Set a place. Find a place you feel comfortable and think you will be able to concentrate. Outdoors in nature? In a quiet spot at home? Maybe even in your parked car.
Set a limit. Eventually you may find unlimited things to be thankful for, but start out small and list one thing you are grateful for each day of the month. Or maybe write out three things you are grateful for this week or this month. Then as you become more comfortable with the practice, let your gratitude habit grow.
Some common journal idea prompts - use these as a starting point. Maybe the words are sufficient some days and maybe other days you will want to describe your gratitude more fully.
The Health of your Pets/Family/Friends
An Upcoming Holiday or Vacation
A Past Holiday or Vacation
Your Favorite Foods
Your Favorite TV Shows
Your Favorite Books
Your Ability To Make Someone Smile
Your Ability To Make Someone Laugh
Sunrise / Sunset
Learning Something New
Your Beating Heart
A Hot Bath or Shower
Cozy Pajamas or Loungewear
A mug of hot coffee or tea
The Opportunity to Grow
Wagging Puppy Tails
The Smell of Fresh Baked Bread or Cookies
The ability to do something creative: paint, draw, sing, play an instrument, knitting, crochet, sewing, cooking, baking, etc…