It’s no secret that showing gratitude is good for you. So, it’s no wonder that more of us are taking the time to be thankful for what we have in our lives.
Ready to start a gratitude journal?
Choose a journal
The first step is picking a journal. Picking your journal is important, so when choosing your journal there are a few things you should consider; will you carry it around with you or keep it in one place? Do want lined or unlined pages.
A traditional journal offers the most flexibility as they are often durable and portable, but a notepad can be equally a great way to start.
Gratitude specific journals (my personal favourite kind) are a great choice to for the first timer, with inspirational quotes, prompts and exercises to help you get started.
Focus on the benefits
The key to making gratitude journaling easier, is first to understand why you're doing it.
Some of the benefits include increased positivity, better sleep, it makes you happier and it reduces stress.
Set aside time for writing
Finding the time to write a gratitude journal can be difficult at first, lets face it who needs another thing their to-do list. A way to find the time is to try and attach it to an existing habit, like making your morning coffee or reading before bed.
Likewise, you don't have to journal daily to see the benefits, however consistency is key. If daily works for you, then go for it, but if like me you can only squeeze in once or twice a week, that's fine too.
As long as you get in the routine of writing in your journal on a regular basis, you'll start to see the benefits.
Start with prompts
If you're new to journaling, it can be daunting to look at a blank page. I find that a simple prompt can be all that is needed to get the ink flowing.
- What a loved one did for you
- List three things that made you smile
- What's something that you're looking forward to
- Write about a happy memory
- What book(s) are you grateful for
See out collection of gratitude journals.