Gratitude Journal Guide

Do you have someone that you would always like to express your thanks? What is something that happened which you are truly thankful for? Writing a gratitude journal can help the writer to focus on the positive things in life instead of the negative ones. Keeping track of the positive things in life and positive thought to other may also cultivate a more positive lifestyle such as being a more optimistic, happy and healthier person.

What is a gratitude journal?

A gratitude journal is a collection of things that the writer is grateful are appreciative of. A gratitude journal is commonly used for writers who wish to focus on the positive things in their lives and the people that they are thankful for.

A girl hugs her mum with gratitude and thankful for her love.

Benefits of writing a gratitude journal

Maintaining a Gratitude journal can also benefit both mentally and in physical health. It is known to be able to help in relieving depressive symptoms.

1. Lower stress level, to become a more optimistic person

Documenting the positive events that happened to one’s life has been reported to help with managing stress levels and feel calmer when you rest.

2. Understand what truly matters

At times, we will find ourselves overwhelmed with too many things in life to know what is important to us and what is not. Understanding what is important to you and appreciates in your life will help you to get your priorities straight.

3. Appreciates the people and things in your life

Looking back to the things that we understand from our past helps us to remember the things that we might have forgotten when we were at our lowest. From recognizing the little moments in our lives, you may notice that there are things that are not as bad as it seems and you will be able to understand that you are not alone and there are people that care for you. Through these, it will give you strengths to see through your toughest times.

Gratitude Journal Prompts to start off writing

  1. When is the last time someone put a smile on your face? How did it happen?
  2. Why am I grateful for this? Why did this good thing happen?
  3. What is a song that you enjoy, and why do you like it?
  4. List 5 activities or things that bring you joy, and why?
  5. Name someone that has made an impact in your life, and how did they help you?
  6. What is something that you’ve learned this week that you’re thankful for?
  7. Describe the last time that you helped someone.
  8. List 5 things that you look forward to in the next 1 year, and why?
  9. Describe your favorite food. How did you find out about it?
  10. Name a person who you can count on whenever you need a listening ear. How are you thankful for that person?

A grateful girl that feels lifted and happy.

Tips to get started

  1. Find a space that you are comfortable with to write your gratitude journal
  2. Focus on the benefits and how writing a gratitude journal can help you to improve your life
  3. Set aside a time that you want to start writing, and think about how often you can write, as consistency is key!
  4. If you are sure that this is something that you want to do. Shift our mindset and think about it as something you want to do and not as a chore.
  5. Find a gratitude journal prompt from books, online or you can even think of a fresh topic that you want to write on.
  6. Understanding what works for you is another way of knowing more about yourself. Some of which could be using photos that you have taken, songs that remind you of a particular time of your past, and more!

Want to start on your first gratitude general soon? Select and find a topic that sparks your interest and takes your first step into discovering a more positive side in life and discovering more about the people who you are thankful for!

To find out more about how gratitude / gratitude journal can benefit the writer, refer to the link below for more articles.

  1. 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude - Amy Morin, Pschology Today
  2. The Benefits of a Gratitude Journal and How to Maintain One - Lauren Jansen, Huffpost
  3. Surpirising Health Benefits of Gratitude - Jamie Ducharme, TIME Health
  4. Reasons Keeping a Gratitude Journal will Change your Life - Yoni Cohen, Goodnet

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