How to Start a Gratitude Journal

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In my last post, I talked about some benefits to journaling.  My last point was specifically on gratitude journaling in that it has been shown to improve one’s overall happiness and health. 

Starting a gratitude journal can be really simple.  You can dedicate a specific notebook to the practice.  Or if you prefer to keep things paperless, start a Word Doc, Google Doc, or new note on Evernote.  By starting with what you know works for you, you will be more likely to use it.   Use your gratitude journal to write down around three to five things you are thankful for.  It can be anything from something that went well in your day, to a specific person whom you are grateful for, or that hot shower you had this morning. 

If there are days when you are stuck, here are some helpful prompts:

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The research shows that the more you are scanning your environment for things to be thankful for, the more your brain will rewire itself to look for these things.  This will enhance your overall happiness. 

One of Danielle Laporte’s “truthbombs” reads:

Interrupt anxiety with gratitude.
— Danielle Laporte #truthbomb

This interruption shifts your thinking from worrying about the future into the what’s working well in the present moment.  Give it a try the next time you’re anxious and let me know how that and gratitude journaling is working for you in the comments below!

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