Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Benefits of Writing a Gratitude Journal

 My gratitude journal is a pretty little notebook from Accesorize that lives by my bed, where-ever I am in the world. I took it to Kefalonia, and I took it to Canterbury when we took a trip there for Dan's graduation. It is something I write in daily, reflecting back on the day I've had and looking for the good, which is especially important if I'm feeling a little low, and have had a tough time. Starting my gratitude journal as one of my New Years resolutions last year, was most definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made. It helps me to put things into perspective, and remain as positive as can be.



I'd recommend it to anyone because...
  • When you've had a really tough day, or week, it's good to focus on the good. It helps me to put things into perspective and to remember that I am incredibly lucky to have been born where I am. Although everyone will have struggles, even finding just one thing a day helps me to feel better about the tough day that I've had.
  • It is a FANTASTIC way to keep some precious memories that you might have forgotten about otherwise. I know that I will keep these books for years to come, and that it will be a lovely way for me to remember things. A great example of these things, would be like a really nice evening in with the family, or a lovely meal out of which the memory might have faded eventually if I hadn't written it down.
  • Being grateful is always a good thing. No matter where you are, there will be things that you will be grateful for - it might be a small thing, such as having a nice dinner, but it might be a huge thing like being grateful for getting a job, or having some nice praise from a work colleague, or friend.
  • Getting into a positive mindset can be so beneficial. It's easier to deal with the trickier things you are faced with, and I find it becomes a good coping mechanism. I can accept that something negative has happened, but think about the good things that will come of it, or the other good things that happened to me that day. It's been amazing the change just keeping the journal has made for me in some situations!
 This is a habit I've gotten into that I would recommend to anyone. I'm not as bad as I used to be, but I definitely focus on the negative too much, and the things we worry about. Starting a gratitude journal has, in a way, encouraged me so focus on the positives, and realise that you can have the worst day, but there is STILL something good about it. 

Have you got a gratitude journal? Would you ever start one?
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  1. Totally agree with you- mentioned this on my blog the other day too! :-)

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    1. Thanks - I think they are a great idea, I'm looking forward to reading your post :) XX

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  2. I'm such a huge fan of gratitude journals - I think they help you put everything into perspective and find good in every day! Love this post - it's super positive! xxx

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    1. They really do - it's in the toughest times that they have the biggest impact! I think it completely changed my mindset when I first started mine, and saved me from a pretty nasty situation!! xxx

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