Want to keep a gratitude journal? Get started with these easy tips!
One of the best ways to retrain your brain to look for the positives is by keeping a gratitude journal. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks now, and taking time to think about what I’m grateful for at the end of every day has really helped to boost my mood after a hectic time.
Here are a few tips to help you start your own gratitude journal, but please know that mindfulness is a completely personal journey. Ultimately, nobody can tell you exactly how or how not to do it; you just have to keep testing different methods until you find the one that works for you.
How To Keep A Gratitude Journal
Find a space in your routine that works for you. The best way to stick to something, is to make it work with what you already have. I like to write in my journal before bed, when everything is fresh in my mind; others might prefer to start their day with it to give them a boost for the whole day.
Be flexible with what you write. You could write about good deeds you’ve seen, but don’t limit yourself: you can be grateful for any aspect of your life. Try to be equally flexible about how much you write: aim for three things every day, but know it’s ok to write more or less!
Limit the amount of time you spend on it. Some days just suck, and that’s fine. If you can’t think of anything, don’t spend ages beating yourself up over it, or wracking your brain for something that just isn’t there. Just know that it will get better, and resolve to find something in the next day.
Make it beautiful! I know I keep saying this, but it’s true. If your journal is a joy to look at, if you’ve put time into choosing or creating it, you’ll feel more invested in it. There are some things I would write on the back of an envelope, but this is not one of them.
Keep it in a safe place. It’s so frustrating when you lose things, especially if they’re dear to you, and you don’t want to put any barriers in the way. By keeping your journal in a safe place, you’ll make writing in it easy!
What are you grateful for today? Let me know in the comments!