Focus on the joy
I used to spend much of my time counting down the days until the weekend. I was always looking forward to the next big thing, event or holiday. This changed when I became a minimalist, stopped buying unnecessary stuff and learnt to be present. Over time, I noticed my gratitude for the simple everyday things grew.
I began to reflect at the end of each day, focusing on my achievements and the things that made me happy. The practice became a time to give thanks to the people and moments of joy and to consider what worked well and what I’d do differently. With so much recent sadness in the news, my practice has been more valuable than ever. So, today I’m sharing some of the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal.
The benefits of keeping a gratitude journal..
1. It helps us to appreciate our lives just as they are
Gratitude has been shown to have many benefits in terms of our happiness, health, life satisfaction and the way we relate to others. Keeping a gratitude journal can increase our long-term well-being by as much as 10%! (source)
Being grateful is a wonderful feeling and an appreciation of what we have can enable us to get the very best out of life just as it is. There’s no better time to be grateful than in the present moment because happiness is our daily journey, not a destination.
2. It enables us to become more mindful
Taking a moment to consider the things we’re grateful for can stop us moving through life on autopilot. This may sound like a simple concept but when we stop dwelling on the past or thinking about the future, we’ll undoubtedly take more enjoyment from the small everyday moments. Instead of rushing to get to the next thing.
3. It encourages us to see the glass half full
Life will always be filled with challenges, but by taking the time to actively seek joy we can approach the difficult times more positively. Even on the harder days, there will always be a glimmer of joy – the beauty of nature, a message from a friend, a calming cup of tea and so on. By taking the time to actively celebrate these moments we’re less likely to be consumed by our troubles.
4. It helps to identify what makes us happy
Keeping a gratitude journal enables us to establish what makes us happy and with this, we can identify if any themes are emerging. Happiness triggers may be as simple as going for a walk or relaxing with a good book, once you’re aware of what makes you happy you can ensure there’s an abundance of it!
5. It provides a daily moment of calm
Many of us lead busy lives with limited time to relax and reflect, but by keeping a gratitude journal, we can create a positive daily habit giving ourselves some much-needed attention. This is especially beneficial if we spend our time helping others because it gives us a moment to look inward. Personal or self-reflection can be extremely insightful. It enables us to learn and grow and to get the very best from our lives.
And finally, a gratitude practice doesn’t need to consist of writing, you could simply take the time to mindfully reflect or share your thoughts with others. As always, take what works for you and leave the rest behind.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day.