So you’re thinking about whether or not to start a gratitude journal. Following, I share my thought process and the decision to kept one.
Let me begin by admitting that I was not keen on the idea at first. In fact, it took a while before I did warm up to keeping a record of things I appreciate in my life. What were my reasons?
- I am busy.
- I wasn’t interested.
- With technology, I didn’t see a benefit it writing things down, when it’s easier to type.
- I didn’t know what to write.
- I wasn’t sure how to begin.
Maybe you are not sure this positive thinking technique is for you. And, you know what? It’s a normal reaction. But, sometimes, we must be open and find ways to tweak our approach if action is beneficial for us. And let me tell you, keeping a gratitude journal is one of the best decisions I have made. My first entry was on November 21, 2015. And, it’s been positive ever since.
Here is where will find My Favorite Gratitude Journal.
Rules for Recording My Appreciation
If you can’t be thankful for what you got, you’re likely not to appreciate what you’re going to get.~ Unknown
I am working with my third record of appreciation. And, it’s done wonders to help improve my mindset. For anything to work for me, I have to set some guidelines to help me succeed; therefore, I came up with the following:
- Purchase a gratitude journal that will work for me.
- Every morning, set aside five minutes for this activity.
- I will record three things to celebrate.
- Write thank you at the end of each item I record.
- Be patient with myself because I must learn to be consistent.
- No entry is stupid or too small.
- Don’t quit.
The Benefits of My Gratitude Journal
It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.~ Unknown
After several weeks, I noticed a shift in my attitude. More things started to happen as follows:
- A dense cloud is lifted. I am not a prisoner to feelings of negativity.
- It’s easier to see the positive in situations. I spot and use opportunities to my advantage.
- I’m fortunate with the many blessings in my life. I am especially grateful for everything I have.
- I’m more resilient when I make mistakes and more forgiving of mistakes by others.
- How you react to things in your life is all about perspective.
- And, writing things down made them stick with me more.
My Journal Entries for Positive Thinking
Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for the troubles we don’t have.~ Unknown
Personally, I keep my approach to using a gratitude journal simple. As a result, I seek to add three entries per day.
- First, I let my thoughts linger on the day before. Then, I record something I am grateful for that happened.
- Next, I identify something I am looking forward to for the day.
- Third, I hone in on something I specifically appreciate about myself. An action I took, the way I behaved, or a new self-discovery.
I’m always seeking to put a positive spin on everything. So, even when I can’t find anything positive, there is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned. Therefore, never underestimate the power of a gratitude journal as a tool to learn positive thinking. It’s outstanding. But, a record of appreciation is only as helpful as you make it. So, use one well, and you, too, will reap the benefits.