Did you know that feeling and expressing gratitude can directly impact your overall health and well-being? It’s true! Showing just a little bit of gratitude on a daily basis can transform your life. The best way to harness the power and benefits of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal.
Below, I have provided you with some tips for how to maintain a gratitude journal.While starting a journal can seem time-consuming at first, my hope is that you’ll quickly discover that keeping this type of journal is not only doable, but more than worth it.
The best time to write in your gratitude journal is just before bed, when your mind is winding down. If you believe you may forget to do so, I’d recommend setting a nightly reminder on your phone. You can also keep your gratitude journal on a nightstand; just keeping it in a visible place may serve as a reminder in itself.
You can choose to write in it nightly, twice daily, even weekly. While I recommend writing in it nightly, the choice is yours. Additionally, you can choose to write as many things as you’d like. If you are looking for a place to start, you can start with 5-10 things that you are grateful for.
Your entries can consist of general things, like a roof over your head, or more specific things, like a conversation that happened with a family member that day. Your gratitude journal does not need to meet any guidelines – it is entirely your own!
If you are having a rough day and need a reminder of all that there is to be grateful for, turn to your gratitude journal. Keeping it in an accessible place will help you reference it more often than not.
Aside from the benefits of gratitude in general, maintaining a gratitude journal holds many unique benefits. Some of these benefits include:
I hope that you’ll consider keeping a gratitude journal, as it holds many benefits. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to reach out to me.
If you are experiencing stress, struggling with negativity, or want greater self-awareness, please consider coming in for therapy at my Hermosa Beach, CA office. I provide Hermosa Beach and the greater South Bay area with adult therapy, teen therapy, couples therapy, and more. Please feel free to reach out to me via my online contact form or by phone at 310-892-2572.