You might think that starting a gratitude journal just adds to the pressure when you have so many other things to do every day. But starting a gratitude journal is like any other new habit, once you get used to making entries in your gratitude journal it will get easier as time goes by.
To give you the inspiration that you need to start your gratitude journal, you need to know the benefits of doing so.
When you’re taking on any new thing in your already busy life, you need to know that it will benefit you in the not so long run. So in this post, I’ll explain the most important benefits of having a gratitude journal.
Once you’ve read and understood these benefits, it will provide you with the motivation to start a gratitude journal and stick with it.
You’ll need this to push yourself every day to make those important journal entries.
After a while making your gratitude journal entries will become a habit that you actually enjoy.
So here are the major benefits of a gratitude journal:
It’ll help you to be more Positive
There’s something powerful about writing things down – no one fully understands this, but it just feels like you’re making more of a commitment when you put pen to paper.
After writing down the things that you are really grateful for in your life, and the reasons that you’re grateful for them, you’ll have a much more positive outlook on life.
If you’re focusing on the good things about your life, you’re not experiencing so many negative thoughts which have the opposite effect.
The fact that you’re writing down what you appreciate, really cements how you feel about your life.
Positivity will bring you more of the things that you want in your life, while negativity will take them away from you.
You’ll Sleep Much Better
I recommend that you make entries in your gratitude journal morning and night.
In the evening before you go to sleep, you can think about the events of the day, and find some things to be grateful for.
By identifying and expressing your gratitude for these things, and then writing them all down in your gratitude journal you’ll feel more relaxed.
You’ll also find that you will fall asleep a lot faster after a while doing this.
It’ll Give Your Self Esteem a Boost
Focusing on the negative can lead to having a very low opinion of yourself.
When you express your gratitude for the people and things in your life, this will have the opposite effect and you’ll feel really good about yourself.
By showing gratitude regularly, you’ll be much less likely to compare yourself to others.
Comparison can really drive down your self esteem if you think that others are better than you.
Writing down what you are grateful for will also reduce any feelings of jealousy or resentment that you might have.
Reduce Your Stress and Improve Your Health
Having a gratitude journal will help you keep stress at bay.
While you can’t avoid stress altogether, your ‘attitude of gratitude’ will help you deal with it more effectively.
There are also physical and mental health benefits from leading a gratitude based life, and your gratitude journal will support this.
If you’re looking for more information on living with gratitude, check out the “Attitude of Gratitude” training guide!