Starting a gratitude journal is such a simple way to bring more joy into your life and the lives of those around you.
Journaling, for me, used to be a daily habit. Looking back on those years of journals I find great joy in remembering where I was then, the struggles I was dealing with, the people in my life. Even more so, I want to bring journaling back into my life, but not just daily events. I want to start practicing gratitude in a more concrete way. So, starting today, I am whipping out a brand new gratitude journal, and just beginning with a list of 10 things. Each day, I hope to add 10 more things. Start small with simple items like, a good night’s sleep, the ability to run and move your body, good food, and quality time with someone you love.
Gratitude has been proven to actually change the brain, based on this article from Berkely.
One of my favorite quotes in this article,
Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions
Recent evidence suggests that a promising approach is to complement psychological counseling with additional activities that are not too taxing for clients but yield high results. In our own research, we have zeroed in on one such activity: the practice of gratitude. Indeed, many studies over the past decade have found that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed.
At the end of a hectic week or day, or moment, can you imagine having a daily gratitude journal would shift your attitude and mindset?
If you are looking for a gratitude journal I found this cool one on amazon for less than $7!