Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation. Having a grateful disposition, being the kind of person who notices and appreciates the positive in the world, is associated with greater physical and mental well being. Grateful people experience more positive emotion, feel better about themselves, are less depressed, and are more satisfied with life in general.

We can become more grateful through practice. There is a good evidence that cultivating the practice of gratitude leads to increases in physical and mental well being. Compared to keeping lists of hassles or neural events, keeping a gratitude list has been shown to :

  • Increase well being, optimism, life satisfaction, and happiness.
  • Decrease negative feelings, depression, worry, body dissatisfaction, and physical symptoms.

Learn why is DOPE to have an attitude of gratitude > https://empress2inspire.blog/2019/05/10/attitude-of-gratitude-is-dope/

How to keep a gratitude journal?

Gratitude researchers have some advise for keeping a gratitude journal :

  • Write it Down – Don’t just make a list in your head. Write about the people and things you are grateful for in your life. Keep a record so you can review it.
  • Be Specific – The more specific you are the better. For example, “I am grateful that my children are healthy and doing well in school, and that I have a loving relationship with someone who truly cares for me” is better than “I am grateful for my family.”
  • Focus on People – Focusing on people to whom you are grateful is more effective than writing about things.
  • Deeper is Better – Elaborating in detail about a particular thing for which you are grateful is more beneficial than making a shallow list of many things.
  • Savour Surprises – Recording events that were unexpected or surprising tend to solicit stronger feelings of gratitude.
  • Set your Intention – Your motivation to be happier plays an important part in your development of gratitude. Like many things in life the more you engage the more you will get out of it, if you just go through the motions it will be less effective.
  • Be Consistent – Once you have set your intention to record things you are grateful for donor your intention by sticking to it. Set aside fifteen minutes at specific time of dat to complete your journal.
  • Don’t Overdo It – writing occasionally (1-3 times per week) has been shown to be more effective than writing daily.

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28 Comments Add yours

  1. I loved this post. I am grateful for Everything…and especially, to still be alive. 🙏

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    1. GS says:

      Yes indeed Karima. I am grateful to be alive everyday. Many great people haven’t made this far to see this day. But you do. Furthermore, you breathe fresh air without life support which means you have fully functioning lungs and also many other if not all body parts functioning perfectly.

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

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  2. Singhshma says:

    This is so true 💖 🙏

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    1. GS says:

      Gratitude is a gift — and gratitude changes everything. When we allow ourselves to look critically at our lives through the lens of gratitude, and to focus on the many reasons we have to be grateful, life gets better. We feel better. … We can focus on those around us, those who have more than we do, and feel deprived. Thank you for stopping by

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  3. Rubziel says:

    Hi! You liked one of my blogs about writing letters of gratitude and I stumbled upon this post of yours. This will really help me with my project, thanks!

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for stopping by Rubziel.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog

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      1. Always happy to read and share your post with followers, My Dear!! Hope you are having a great day!
        xoxox 😘💕🌹✨

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  4. The Seb says:

    Thank you for opening my eyes on gratitude.
    To be grateful in life is one way to have a happy and successful life. Gratitude will help with achieving more in life because it makes one value the little things others take for granted. And those little things are the beginning of great things.

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    1. GS says:

      Most welcome Seb. Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or thinking they can’t feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack. And, although it may feel contrived at first, this mental state grows stronger with use and practice.

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      1. The Seb says:

        Thanks. Life is easy if we are grateful of gthe little things we have.

        Following your posts as far back as 2019 is helping me rethink my priorities, and it is all thanks to you.

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      2. GS says:

        Wow thank you 🙏🏼
        I am so glad 🙂

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  5. I’ve spent plenty of time with my gratitude journal in recent years. Great post and some good advice included!

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing that. Gratitude can change your life because it makes you appreciate what you have rather than what you don’t have. Gratitude can change your life because it is the single most powerful source of inspiration that any person can tap into if they simply just stop and paid attention to the simplistic beauty and miracle of life.

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  6. Nice and loved post, we all need to grateful to nature and many more super thing.

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    1. GS says:

      If someone were to ask you what you’re grateful for in the present moment, would you have an answer ready to go? Could you easily recall the small moments in your day that bring you the most joy? The simple habit of reflecting on what you’re grateful for can actually lead to a happier, more content life. All it takes is a few moments of your time and a gratitude journal to record your thoughts. Gratitude journals are not unlike the diary you kept as a teenager, but instead of writing random thoughts about your day, you write about the things you’re grateful for—big or small.

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  7. This is a great post and so very true🙏🙏🙏

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    1. GS says:

      It’s no secret that showing gratitude is good for you. As well as being backed by science, leaders such as the Dalai Lama are also big fans, so it’s no wonder that more of us are taking the time to be thankful for what we have in our lives. One of the best ways to show thankfulness on a daily basis is to keep a gratitude journal.

      While regular journaling has been proven to improve your well-being, making a point of jotting down all the things that you are grateful for can take the experience to a whole new level. Keeping a gratitude journal is easy and on the simplest level it involves making a note of the things that you are grateful for that day. You can decide how long your list is each day and how much detail you want to go into. The great thing is that it’s an easy habit to form and after a while, you are left with a collection of inspiring material to look back on when you are in need of a pick-me-up.

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      1. This is great. A seperate space to write what we our grateful for is huge.
        Theres a great book with the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu called the book of joy. Those two men were in am ultimate childlike state the whole
        Time they were together .

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      2. GS says:

        Ah thank you so much for the suggestion. I will definitely read it.!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. tashas-tales says:

    I truly enjoyed this. The pandemic has made me grateful for so much and that’s helped a lot with positivity and better mental health ♥️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Yes Tashas. Gratitude is essential specially during this pandemic when we all need a little push to get by everyday. Turns out, being thankful can have many positive health effects. Studies show practicing gratitude can lead to more intimate and connected relationships, less depression, more motivation and engagement, and better overall mental well-being.

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      1. tashas-tales says:

        Yep I can relate. I just wrote a blogpost on this too ♥️🙏🏽

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      2. GS says:

        💙💙 heading to your blog to read it now 😬

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      3. tashas-tales says:

        Yey thank you so much ♥️🙏🏽

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