Keeping a gratitude journal can be a key part of living a happy and prosperous life.
Gratitude can be thought of as being a mental and emotional ‘muscle’ which you can build up with daily exercise.
When stuff goes wrong in our life and ones gratitude muscle is weak, there will be a struggle to find a silver lining in those storm clouds.
But if you already have a strong daily gratitude habit, then your gratitude muscle will be resilient and well-trained, meaning life’s challenges don’t knock you off course as much.
I expect you’ve often been told to be thankful for what you have even when something awful happens. Being thankful is a beneficial habit.
“Keeping a gratitude journal is an increasingly popular tool used by those seeking to improve themselves.”
Chances are there are many things that deserve to be written in your gratitude journal.
And why write them down? There’s something about the writing process that makes things so much more real.
Here are 5 reasons why you should keep a gratitude journal and how it can change your life.
It Changes Your Thought Patterns
When we are feeling stressed, anxious or having any of the other negative emotions, it can have a negative effect on our physical health.
“Gratitude works because, as a way of perceiving and interpreting life, it recruits other positive emotions that have direct physical benefits in our lives.
It will also remind you that whatever might have happened to you, there is always something to feel thankful for.
Your commitment to your gratitude journal gives your mind a clear focus on positive events, conversations, and relationships. This would enable you to see more than just those negative ones that tend to fill your mind and dominate your thoughts when they happen.
Another way your thought patterns will change is that you will find that you start pushing boundaries and removing limiting beliefs. This will happen as you get to keep your gratitude journal and also review it. You will find that your mind opens to new possibilities and you gain in self-confidence and knowledge.
You enjoy an improved health
Gratitude increases happiness and reduces depression. Being grateful enhances empathy and reduces aggression. It also reduces stress, improves self-esteem and fosters resilience, this way your overall health is improved.
Whether you’re living in a stressful situation or just thinking back to one, your body doesn’t notice the difference. It will still fire off all of those stress hormones and create the same physical, mental and emotional tension.
The more you choose to focus on positive thoughts and feelings in your gratitude journal, the more you are helping to improve your physical and mental health.
It can turn you into an Optimist
Sometimes, you’ll find yourself focusing on something that has upset you, and that thought will nag away at you constantly.
By consciously taking a few minutes each day to see what is going well in your life, you are gently (but firmly!) training yourself to have a more positive outlook, lifting your spirits and making you more likely to smile and laugh your way through your day.
Taking some time to sit quietly and think about something you are grateful for will help reduce the negative thoughts and feelings and replace them with positive ones.
4. It improves your sleep
The body and mind require a regular amount of sleep each night for mental and physical health.
Surely it’s better to spend the night dreaming about things that make you feel good, rather than reliving your worries and stresses?
Keeping a gratitude journal can be exciting, calms the mind and give a positive activity that promotes positive thoughts and feelings. Sleep quality is better due to gratitude.
By replacing worry and stress, you can sleep more peacefully and have happier dreams.
Keeping a gratitude journal should be an exciting and enjoyable experience, something you look forward to.
A gratitude journal can be a book with a fancy cover, or it can simply be a notebook, it doesn’t really matter.
What counts is that you write in it regularly and keep it somewhere you can review it whenever you want to.
If you want to see positive changes in yourself and your life, then keeping a gratitude tool may just be the tool you need.
It is cheap, easy and beneficial to your physical and mental health.
So stop grumbling and welcome all the good that’ll be flowing into your life.
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