Even though the world is a far from perfect place, (especially in the light of recent events in London and Manchester), we can avoid much of the negativity by making an effort to remain focused on all that is positive in our lives.
A Gratitude Journal is a tangible record of those things, however small, that we are surrounded and nourished by.
This journal will differ from other diaries or planners in which you chronicle your daily events, duties, struggles and celebrations. This book is where you express thankfulness for everything you have blessed with.
It’s easy, I know, to get lost in the hustle and bustle, issues and concerns of life and to overlook the simple things that underpin our happiness – a cup of coffee with a friend, a cup of coffee enjoyed in peaceful solitude, a warm bed on a chilly morning, a tail wag and sloppy kiss from your dog.
They are always there – those happy triggers – we have to look hard for them sometimes, but they ARE there.
I like to journal as a slow down moment at the end of the day. I can take the time to reflect on the day, clear my mind and reestablish balance and calm.
You might find that including gratitude as part of your morning routine helps get your day off to a positive start.
You don’t need any fancy equipment to start journaling. A notebook is all that is necessary. Mine is a hardcover A5 notebook with Carpe Diem in gold lettering on the front that I found at The Reject Shop.
Date the page. You may not write every day, but it nice to be able to look back and see how much you have in your life that is wonderful.
Full sentences are not necessary. Use bullet points if you like.
I believe you will feel more satisfied, more grounded. You will be less focused on feelings of deprivation because you will find that are living a far more abundant life than you had realised. There are so many things to be thankful for. Look around you. They ARE there.
Here are Journal Prompt Cards to get you started. Download them here. Print them out on firm paper or light yardstick and attach to your journal.