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Day 14 - Use a Gratitude Journal to Practice Mindfulness

March 4, 2020

 

Often times, one feeling can help promote another. During our 15-Day Challenge, we're seeking ways to create calm in our lives. Today, I'd like to introduce you to the importance of gratitude. Feeling grateful about what you have in your life can lead to a tremendous number of other positive feelings. One tool to help you harness the power of gratitude is a journal. Let's explore the concept of feeling grateful and using a gratitude journal to practice mindfulness.

 

About a Gratitude Journal

 

A gratitude journal is a place where you write down what you're feeling grateful for each day. It can be in paper or electronic form, depending on your preference. There are beautiful bound journals that might appeal to someone who likes the feel of putting pen to paper and who appreciates the artistry of a physical book. You can also find apps and programs to help you keep your journal digitally, if that's your preferred method. The point is to secure a resource in which you can record your daily ramblings of gratitude and look forward to doing it.

 

Benefits of a Gratitude Journal

 

Reminding yourself on a regular basis of all that's good in your life comes with a host of benefits, all of which will help lead you to the calm you seek. Gratitude helps to slay a lot of negative emotions. In today's digitally connected world, especially, it's easy to compare yourself to others and to think you're lacking. Gratitude helps to push envy, insecurity, and fear aside. Essentially, it can lessen depression and anxiety, leading you to feel happier. When you feel grateful for what you have, it's also more likely that you'll begin to notice an increase in your self-confidence. You'll feel more in control and able when you know you already have what matters in life. This perspective can also improve perspective, motivation, and mental fortitude. Finally, knowing what's important in life leads to stronger relationships. It encourages you to treasure and appreciate the important people in your life. 

 

How to Keep a Gratitude Journal

 

As I said, it doesn't matter which type of format you use. What's important is that you use it on a regular basis to gain the best effects. Maintaining a sense of gratitude requires maintenance. Keeping your journal daily is probably best, but even setting aside three times a week will help. Many people choose to end their day by recalling what they're grateful for while others like starting the day with gratitudes. You can decide what works best for you and you might even decide to both start and end your days with this heart-warming practice. Regardless, keeping a gratitude journal is easy. Simply write down three to five things that you are grateful for. Try to make them specific. It could be receiving help on a project from a colleague or simply appreciating your ability to walk, as long as it reminds you of something you value.

 

There you have it. A gratitude journal is a powerful tool for bringing more calm into your life. I highly recommend it. Why not start yours today? 

 

Sparkles and Love,

 

 

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About the Author

 

 

 

Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy Queen-ager, mentor and guide who provides people with life support. 

 

Using meditation, mindfulness, and loving conversation, "I help people figure things out, feel so much better, find more fun and get their laugh back!"

Life can be so good!

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