A gratitude journal is, quite simply, a tool to keep track of the good things in life. No matter how difficult and defeating life can sometimes feel, there is always something to feel grateful for.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
– John F. Kennedy
Even more than that, regularly journaling about the good things in your life can help prepare and strengthen you to deal with the rough patches when they pop up.
It’s extremely simple to start: simply write down (or type) the things you are grateful for on a daily basis. You can use a journal, diary, notebook, or just a piece of paper. If you’re committed to being green or just find it easier to do things digitally, you can use one of the many gratitude apps or even a simple Word document!
Once you have your journal or app ready, simply start noting the things you are grateful for.
Got a promotion? Journal it!
Mastered a new yoga move? Journal it!
Received good news about a potential health problem? You guessed it—journal it!
It can that easy. In case you’re wondering “What will this practice do for me?” read on to learn about the potential benefits of this simple practice.
We’ve already written about the benefits of a regular gratitude practice, but here are a few benefits people have noticed when practicing gratitude journaling in particular:
A yoga enthusiast at Yoganonymous.com wrote about seven of the benefits he noticed when gratitude journaling:
If you’re the kind of person who wants that hard evidence in addition to accounts of personal experience, there are studies that back these observations: