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.
Why You Should Keep a Gratitude Journal
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?
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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