Keeping a gratitude journal

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Looking for the little blessings in each day will do wonders for anyone's attitude – it certainly has for mine. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, and unfortunately I let it spoil a good chunk of my day, and by extension – my kid's day as well. Not cool! Whenever I'm grouchy or just in a sour mood, remembering how blessed I am makes me feel pretty silly for not being more positive. When itt becomes a habit to focus on the positive instead of the negative, over time that will makes us feel so much happier and at peace in general. Giving thanks definitely helps you develop a positive attitude.


Do you focus on the positive... every day? Here's why you should develop a daily gratitude practice:

Step 1. 

Get a journal. Any notebook will do, whether it's a college ruled note pad, a fancy journal or a guided gratitude journal.

Step 2.

Set aside time. Decide when you'll practice your new habit and carve out the time to do it. I like writing before I go to sleep – it's a perfect time to reflect on the day and drift off with positive, grateful thoughts.

Step 3.

Make it a habit! Set an alarm on your cell phone or leave yourself a note so you'll remember to write in your journal. It will become a habit eventually, but until then you may need a reminder!

Step 4.

Keep up with it. Some days will go badly and you might not feel like you have anything to write, but remember – THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR!! Isn't that wonderful??? Even if it's the clothes on your back or the food you ate that day, there is always something.

Step 5.

Enjoy your refreshed, more positive attitude! Spread it to others!  
Any journal will do! You can use a beautiful, fancy journal for your daily record of gratitude – or just grab any old notebook you have lying around. The point is that you think about what you're thankful for and look for the little blessings in each day. I personally like using pretty notebooks for all of my journalling – it's just more fun – another thing to be grateful for! Moleskine notebooks are my number 1 favorite but there is an endless selection of different kinds of journals, so anyone can find something that fits their style. The most important part of the process, though, is actively looking for the things to be grateful for. Find as many as you can, every day. 🙂
What are you grateful for today?

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4 Responses

  1. Laura

    Word 🙂

    I’m awful at remembering to do it, but keeping a gratitude journal is awesome. I need to get back in the habit!

  2. Holly

    I love that first print! Way too cute! 🙂
    I think in some ways lately my blog has become my gratitude journal, which I actually kind of like.

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