Gratitude Journal

Keeping a journal of the things you’re grateful for has been shown to have a powerful effect on mental wellbeing. Among other benefits, journaling about gratitude reduces stress, increases happiness, and improves self-esteem.

 Instructions: Two times a week, write a detailed entry about one thing you are grateful for. This could be a person, a job, a great meal with friends, or anything else that comes to mind

  • Don’t rush to write down the first thing that comes to your mind. Take time to truly think about what you’re grateful for. Expect each entry to take between 10-20 minutes.
  • Writing about the people who you’re grateful for tends to be more powerful than writing about things.
  • Explain, indetail, why you’re grateful. For example, if you’re grateful for a friend who is nice, describe what they do that’s nice, and why that makes you grateful.
  • Aim for two solid entries each week. Keep your journal somewhere you’ll see it, and plan when you can write. Set an alarm on your phone if you might forget.

Journaling Prompts : Note: The use of prompts is optional. Feel free to write about anything for which you are grateful.

  • Someone whose company I enjoy…
  • A fun experience I had…
  • The best part about today…
  • An act of kindness I witnessed or received…
  • A reason to be excited for the future…
  • Someone I can always rely on…
  • A valuable lesson I learned…
  • Something I can be proud of…
  • Someone who I admire…
  • An unexpected good thing that happened…
  • Something beautiful I saw…
  • An experience I feel lucky to have had…

Hope you find the post useful. How do you practice gratitude everyday?

Reference : https://www.therapistaid.com/worksheets/gratitude-journal.pdf

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Great ideas! I always make sure I have a gratitude list on my phone ready for moments when I feel overwhelmed or anxious about things, it always keeps me going!

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    1. GS says:

      Same here. My phone has my affirmations and things I am grateful for which I refer to multiple times a day. It’s convenient. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I do make my journal but in my mobile. its a great exercise for brain. and good for health.
    god bless you. cheers!

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    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog

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      1. Always a joy and pleasure to read and share your posts with followers, My Dear! Hope you have a great day!! xoxox 😘💕🎁🌹

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  3. I used to have an “orchid” file. All the nice cards, notes etc were put into it. When I felt grateful, this file would make me smile.

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    1. GS says:

      A study at University of California found that people who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health than those who didn’t. … In fact, cultivating a gratitude practice has numerous benefits from increased happiness, better sleep and more creativity. It can even make you more altruistic.

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  4. This is a great post! this is something I am trying to get back into! It is really great for anxiety just to focus on one thing and reflect!

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    1. GS says:

      They are absolutely amazing Leighann. A study at University of California found that people who wrote gratitude letters reported significantly better mental health than those who didn’t. In fact, cultivating a gratitude practice has numerous benefits from increased happiness, better sleep and more creativity. It can even make you more altruistic.

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