The Key to Gratitude

When your life seems that it’s turned upside down, it’s easy to wonder “Why me?” or “Why is this happening?” or even to feel outright rage at the situation. I know I’ve been there.

But what I’ve found is that by focusing on things I’m grateful for in life, I can often pull myself out the funk pretty quickly. My gratitude journal has been a lifesaver at times.

When I started, I decided that I would journal over the course of 60 days to help develop a habit. It was definitely not easy at first. My current living situation is pretty stressful at times. So there have been moments when I’ve just wanted to scream or hit something.

Instead, I make a conscious effort to breathe in and out slowly and meditate on the things I’m grateful for. I have found this technique useful also when I feel myself spiraling down into a funk.

I play a little game with myself. I focus on one or two things I’m grateful for despite of the current situation. Focusing on the things I’m grateful for helps alleviate some of the stress I may be feeling in that moment. It gives me some time to breathe, think about the current situation and reassess.

7 Reasons You Need to Start a Gratitude Journal

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Journaling is a concrete way to reaffirm and reinforce my walk in gratitude. Though I don’t journal every day as I did during the initial 60 days, it’s still a positive influence in my life.

Every now and then, I like to go back and read over past journal entries. The benefits I’ve personally experienced from journaling are difficult to ignore. My 60 day experience of “walking in gratitude” has probably helped me more than any other.

So, how can keeping a gratitude journal help you?

1. Self-Awareness
2. Make Better Decisions
3. Reduce Stress
4. Reduces the Emphasis on Materialism
5. Improves Health
6. Helps Us Weather the storms
7. Helps You Develop Deeper and More Meaningful Relationships

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47 thoughts on “7 Reasons You Should Keep a Gratitude Journal

    1. It really is. I’ve found that since I started journaling, my attitude has taken a turn for the better and I bounce back quicker from upsets.

  1. Attitude adjustments start with the words we use when we talk to and about ourselves and journaling just makes those words a little more concrete in our minds. Everyone should be doing this idea of gratitude journaling so thanks for sharing your ideas.

    1. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done for my mental health as well. I notice that I don’t stress or freak out as much. My mind is a lot calmer.

  2. I keep a gratitude page in my bullet journal and you are right, it definitely helps reduce my stress levels by focusing on the good in my life!

  3. I did a gratitude journal for a while and it taught me to really appreciate the small things. Like you, I only do it once in a while now, but I find it helps when things get tough! Thanks for this!

  4. This is such a great idea! I like to do this every once-in-a-while at night when I’m feeling a little down. I should do it more often!

    1. It really is a great habit to develop. When I’m feeling down, I’ve found that listing things that I’m grateful helps too.

  5. I’ve been having trouble keeping up with my gratitude journal. On the days I do it, though, it makes me feel better. I need to get used to doing it every day so I can reap the benefits!

    1. It is hard at first, but the more you do it, the more it becomes second nature. At first, I found every excuse not to journal, but I just started making time for it – either in the early morning or at night before bed. The thing is, your journal doesn’t have to be an essay. It can just be a list of things that you have been grateful for lately.

    1. Currently, I ususally try to write in mine at least every few days. when I find myself falling into a funk, I make of point of taking a bit of time every day to reflect and to journal. It really helps.

  6. Also, the more you are grateful for, the more things to be grateful for we will experience. It really does help and keeps me in a great mood all the time.

  7. I’ve always wanted to have a gratitude journal, but I either never got around to it or was too picky with what journal I wanted. This post is lovely and thank you for the encouragement!!

  8. This is such a great idea! I forget to be thankful and have gratitude for what I have. Writing down what I am grateful will help keep me focused

  9. I love the bullet point about weathering the storm, that really spoke to me today so I’m going to be setting up my journal today. Thank you for the inspirations!

  10. This is a super idea! It’s during the toughest times that we need something like this the most. Reminders of all the good things in our lives, reminders of God’s goodness, reminders of just how blessed we are. A grateful heart changes everything, and having all of those thoughts written down in a journal is a great way to make sure we can access them when we need it the most!

  11. We are going through a lot of change and uncertainty right now and focusing on things I am grateful for will definitely help with stress. I hadn’t really thought of the other reasons to do it.

  12. It’s so important to remember the goodness of God before we weather the storms. Thank you for the reminders.

  13. This is something I really want to start doing. I think it will help me keep things in perspective more and be less overwhelmed by the little annoyances that come up. Thanks!!

  14. I have always believed in positivity and that negative energy can influence what is going on around you.Your idea of writing a journal is great as it makes focusing on the positive easier especially when you have bad things going on. I’ll give it a try

  15. I absolutely adore my Gratitude Journal! It’s such a lovely form of self care and so good for your mental health and general well-being. It definitely helped me stay positive after my Graves Disease diagnosis. And it a still a nightly self care ritual. Thanks for sharing it’s goodness <3

  16. I tried a gratitude journal but had more success with the gratitude exercise at the end of the day where I think of five things to be grateful for. It banishes stress amazingly well.

    1. That’s the thing about a gratitude journal. It doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s basically taking some time at the beginnning or end of the day to note the things that you’re grateful. It doesn’t always need to be formal, although some prefer keeping theirs in an actual journal. A notebook or just mentally noting your “gratitude” works just as well, though.

  17. Though I’m in dilemma whether or not gratitude journaling would work for me personally, the benefits you’ve listed down are terrific. Writing in itself (even if it’s not journaling but a blog post) improves my mental health and brings self-awareness. Loved your post. <3

    1. The great thing about gratitude journaling is that you don’t have to do it every day. It does help, though, in the beginning if you’re trying to focus more on gratitude – or develop a gratitude habit. After a while, you’ll find that your mindset automatically shifts towards gratitude in most situations. It’s kind of like how you said that regular journaling helps improve your mental health and promotes self-awareness. Thanks for your comment!

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