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How Can Journaling Gratitude Change Your Life?

In fact, when you place a priority on the things you’re grateful for in life, your brain actually works better. People who practice gratitude are healthier, more optimistic, make progress towards their goals, have a greater sense of well-being, and are helpful to others.

Starting and maintaining a Gratitude Journal can benefit you in many ways by:

STABILIZING EMOTIONS:

Keeping a positive outlook can help stabilize your mood. It’s difficult to be anxious or depressed while in a state of happiness.

BOOSTING SELF-ESTEEM:

Jotting down compliments from family members, friends, co-workers or even complete strangers can improve your self-image and produce feelings of well-being.

REDUCING GREED:

Materialism has been shown to decreased gratitude and increase the chances of developing a mental disorder. Remaining grateful allows you to place more priority on cultivating relationships than acquiring wealth. 

IMPROVING SLEEP:

Since journaling can promote feelings of calm, it has been used as a sleep aid. Focusing on the positive things in life can create a state of relaxation, which can help you fall asleep and enjoy restful sleep.

INCREASING LONGEVITY:

Although this sounds way too good to be true, different studies have indicated that gratitude can extend lifespan. Gratitude produces optimism which can lead to longevity.

STRENGTHENING RESILIENCE:

People who journal tend to have better coping skills and are more likely to reach out for help during tough times. Accepting assistance allows for quicker recovery from negative circumstances.

ENHANCING MEMORIES:

Depending on your outlook, your memories can either be positive or negative. Journaling can help you look on the bright side of life, which can create happier memories. 

Journaling Tips:

Before you start writing, be intentional about remaining in a positive frame of mind. Think of all the good things, gestures by people around the day, and then in the Journal, write 3-5 things you are grateful for every day. Do this 30 minutes before going to sleep at night or at a time that works best in your daily routine. 

And mentally every time you are overwhelmed with a problem or unfavorable circumstance.

Once you have written the things you are grateful for the day, remain quite and ask, “How can I be better tomorrow than what I am today?”, “How can I grow from my current position?”, “What can I do to make myself an expert in what I do?” You will receive ideas and guidance you can best take, and then act on it.

You see as the author wrote in his book The Science of Getting Rich,

“The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best; therefore it tends to become the best; it takes the form or character of the best, and will receive the best.”

When you write the things you are grateful for the day, you are thinking, and as you think the image of the things appear in your mind, and as this is an emotional activity (positive) it creates brain cells that are stored in your brain. This regular practice generates positive cells in your brain repository. Which in due time become you natural self. Remember when you fix your mind to the good and best in your life, you are always getting better.

Express gratitude every day. Start your journaling practice today.

Check out the Gratitude Journal

P.S. the benefits of journaling gratitude was shared by Daniel G. Amen, founder of Amen Clinics. on his Instagram page doc_amen…

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