We have all read about the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. To some, this could mean sitting down with a diary and writing a few paragraphs each day. But this doesn’t have to be the only way. Here are some gratitude journal ideas to help you stay on track and out of a writing rut.
1. Choose a Particular Time of Day for Your Journaling
Slotting your gratitude journal into a specific time of your day brings consistency to the practice. Once you have been recording in this way for a period of time, you will begin to look forward to it. You may find yourself mentally preparing for your time to write. As a result, your entire day will flow naturally into a more optimistic state. You will consciously be thinking of things you are thankful for.
2. Have a Set Number of Things to List Each Day
If you are a list maker, like I am, this will fit you well. You could make up your mind that you are going to list, for example, five things a day. It is easy to write a list of five things. The fact that a small list is so manageable will help you to stick with the habit. Also, if you decide on a small amount of items, you could write more detail about each one if you wanted. Think about how truly blessed you are to have this person, situation, or feeling in your life.
3. Write Down Both the Big and the Small
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you must write down big, earth-shattering experiences. Our lives are made up of many small things. They can be just as important as the big blessings. Learn to appreciate the big and the small.
4. Turn Negative into Positive
When making a gratitude list, it would seem obvious to write down just the good things. Try to find the positive within the negative. Even in the most troubling circumstances there is good to be found. When we see a disturbing situation on the news, there is always a positive side of people coming together to help each other out. There is always good in humanity that will show itself the strongest when you need it.
If you are a Christian, the Lord promises to be with you in all things. He can bring good out of bad experiences. How many times have you thought, “I would never want to go through that again, but I’m thankful for the positive that came out of it?”
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
5. Consider Using Apps
For just about everything under the sun, “there is an app for that!” This includes journaling. “Gratitude Journal” is a great app that gives you prompts to list the things you are thankful for. You can keep your entries private or share them on social media. “Gratitude Journal 365” is an app where you can add a daily photo to your entry, and view them later on one screen for a beautiful display of the things you appreciate.
Maintaining a gratitude journal has many benefits, including gaining more energy, feeling more optimistic about life, and possessing better physical and mental health. Its many positive benefits compile to bring you an all-around better quality of life. Start your own today and see the difference it can make in your life.