It might seem like a pipe dream that writing in a journal could be so beneficial, but the scientific evidence is in, and gratitude journals do benefit you in big ways if you commit to keeping one for the long term and use it daily.
It’s so simple, but like other simple and powerful things, it can be hard to accept. You are the one who makes yourself happy with your own choices. Another person cannot make you happy or grateful. Only you can do that. But something amazing happens when you express gratitude often – your relationships simply open up and become better. Those that don’t, you start to recognize for what they are and let them go.
Being grateful for the ability to move and breathe will eventually cross over into wanting to ensure that you can always do that. Therefore, you’ll be more motivated to go on walks, eat right, stay hydrated, and live in gratitude for every aspect of your life.
The ability to take lemons and turn them into that sweet, delightful state drink of Arizona (lemonade) can be gained by keeping a gratitude journal. The main reason? You’ll learn, on even a challenging or stressful day, to pick out the good things and experiences in it. That requires a good imagination and creativity and thinking on your feet, all benefits of journaling consistently.
It’s hard to feel angry and aggressive if you are happy and grateful. It’s okay to be angry about injustices in the world without being aggressive. But if you feel angry a lot due circumstances or experiences in your life, it’s partly due to not finding and recognizing things to be grateful about. There is almost always something to be grateful for – and consistently looking for and recognizing what you are grateful for makes it easier and easier!
As you write more and learn to forgive yourself as you seek to fill your mind with thoughts of gratitude, you’ll start seeing others differently. You’ll have more ability to put yourself in others’ shoes and see things from their perspective without judgment. It happens when you learn to forgive yourself – a necessary element for a grateful life.
If you’re not anxious or fretful, but go to sleep each night feeling thankful for everything you’ve experienced (or at least most of it), it’s easier to sleep because you have less anxiety. You may even find your sleep is deeper and more restful because you start the sleep period with a quieter and calmer mind instead of one that’s racing for solutions.
Due to feeling more rested, less stressed, and more grateful, you’ll have a lot more energy to get things done every day. That’s always going to make you feel even more thankful, because good things happen, and good feelings follow, due to productivity.
You can’t help but feel better about yourself when you have leveraged and strengthened many good qualities about yourself. Your self-esteem will go up when you express gratitude for what your mind and body can do for you, and you’ll be ready to move forward on your goals and dreams.
If you want to be happier, get more done in life, and experience real joy in life, a gratitude journal can be the way to achieve it. The guiding thing to remember is that your thoughts cause your feelings, and you are the one in control of the actions you take once you accept your feelings.
Accepting that you do have control is half the battle, and your gratitude journal will make it clear that you do.
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